Government has praised the Department of Immigration in Luangwa District for arresting two West African nationals among other prohibited immigrants.
And Luangwa District Commissioner Eunnie Mumba says the district is a high risky area for Ebola outbreak due to the influx of foreigners who come to the district to buy fish and other merchandise.
Meanwhile, Lusaka Province Medical Officer Kabalo has implored public health workers to double their efforts aimed at helping government consolidate its preventative measures it has put in place.
Lusaka Province Permanent Secretary Wamuniyima Muwana says it is pleasing to note that the Immigration had in the recent past intensified motorized and foot patrols that led to the final arrest of the two West Africans and other PI’s recently.
Mr. Muwana commended the Department for arresting two West African nationals from Burkina Faso and Guinea who had entered the country without proper documentation.
The Provincial Permanent Secretary said this when he addressed the Luangwa District Adhoc Ebola Epidemic and Preparedness Committee and other Stakeholders Meeting in Luangwa District today.
He noted that the recent arrest of two West Africans in Luangwa District shows that the province is not spared from the Ebola threat.
Mr. Muwana has called for vigilance among all stakeholders to ensure that the province doesn’t record any cases of the deadly Ebola virus that has ravaged some West African Countries since it broke out this year.
And speaking at the same meeting, Luangwa District Commissioner Eunie Mumba said the district is vulnerable to the Ebola threat due to its porous borderline and geographical location where it shares its border with Mozambique and Zimbabwe.
Mr. Mumba explained that the porous nature of Luangwa District’s border with Mozambique and Zimbabwe makes it difficult to control the entry of foreigners in the district.
He however pledged to convene a meeting with his counterparts in Mozambique and Zimbabwe in order to come up a common preventive strategy for the three countries.
Earlier, Lusaka Province Medical Officer Abel Kabalo has implored public health workers to double their efforts aimed at helping government consolidate its preventative measures it has put in place.
Dr. Kabalo said the province being both the administrative and seat of government needs to be a trendy setter by ensuring that all preventive measures put in place are implemented.
He pointed out that Ministry of Health, Ministry of Community Development, Mother and Child Health and other stakeholders are looking at preventive measures and other risk reduction strategies to consolidate preventive measures put in place by government.