Following an announcement of Ebola virus outbreak in Guinea, the Department of Health and Management Team in Ngamiland decided to put a mobile health post service at Maun International Airport and set up a quarantine at Moeti clinic in case the need to control international movement arises.
When addressing Maun Administrative Authority full council last week, the Sub Council Chairperson Galaletsang Mhapha described Maun Airport as one of the busiest in Africa due to its gateway to the delta and national parks status.
“We might think Guinea is far but with ease of international travel Botswana is not exempted from infiltration of the Ebola virus through international passengers. We are the gateway to tourism areas,”Mhapha noted
He further said that it was important for the Ministry of Health to put in place prevention and control measures through public awareness among health care workers, district leadership and general public.
Ebola symptoms, Mhapha said, include fever, throat and muscle pain and headaches start two to three weeks after contacting the virus.
“These will be followed by nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea along with decreased functioning of the liver and kidney. At this stage most people start bleeding.”
Ngamiland DHMT Coordinator Christopher Chembe however said in an interview that: “We are doing everything we can not to get the virus because it is deadly but for now we have not received any report.”
Chembe urged people to report to the hospital whenever they suspect anything that could be related to the virus.