AUTHORITIES IN WESTERN TANZNIA SAY READY TO COPE WITH ANY EBOLA CASE

ARUSHA, TANZANIA, Although Tanzania has not registered any case of the Ebola virus so far, the health authorities in the country's western regions of Katavi and Rukwa say they are well prepared.

Katavi Regional Medical Officer Yahaya Hussein has unveiled measures to address the deadly Ebola virus, which has been reported in the neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) with at least two deaths and a further 29 suspected cases recorded so far.

Hussein said that Tanzanian authorities have trained medical professionals on how to deal with the disease if it spreads to the area.

Two camps have been set up in Ikola ward in Tanganyika District, and another at a health center in Mpanda Municipality, the headquarters of Katavi Region.

"We have also put in place medical facilities, labs and a vehicle for transporting samples and patients who are diagnosed with the disease," he said.

"No case has been registered so far in Tanzania, but we are on the alert, even though the outbreak of the disease is in neighbouring DRC," said Nkasi District Medical Official Anselmo Kapandila in Rukwa Region.

"In collaboration with the security organs, we're monitoring passengers at the border and those crossing Lake Tanganyika," Kapandila said over the phone. "With the co-operation of citizens we'll win the battle."

Ebola is a severe, often fatal illness, with a case fatality rate of up to 90 per cent. It is one of the world's most virulent diseases.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK