DARE-ES-SALAAM-- The Tanzanian government has intensified screening of all travellers entering the country through several entry points, including borders and airports, as the spread of Ebola disease continues haunting the neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
A total of 90 people in the DRC have been diagnosed with Ebola with 50 people pronounced dead since the outbreak of the viral haemorrhagic fever until Tuesday.
Meanwhile, the Minister for Health, Community Development, Gender, Children and Elders, Ummy Mwalimu, said Tuesday that although the World Health Organization (WHO) had recently in its report placed Tanzania at higher risk, there was not even a single case reported in the country.
Basing on the fact that there is a lot of interventions between Tanzania and the DRC and considering recent reports that there were cases of Ebola reported in North Kivu (Province of the eastern DRC), which is close to our neighbouring Uganda, we have always remained vigilant, she said.
There are fears that the daily interaction of people from neighbouring countries may cause the disease to spread to Tanzania. The Minister urged members of the public to remain on full alert, calling on health workers to equally be aware of all the symptoms of the disease and boost infection prevention and control (IPC) measures.
Mwalimu said Julius Nyerere International Airport (JNIA), Kilimanjaro Airport (KIA) and Songwe Airport were in danger of allowing infected people to enter the country. She was, however, quick to point out that the government would ensure whoever entered the country was subjected to screening.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK