THE Zambia Medical Association (ZMA) is pleased with the level of preparedness among its members against the Ebola threat, says president Dr Aaron Mujajati.
Dr Mujajati however said that there was still need for more public awareness progammes on the disease.
He said the medical profession was well prepared for any possible outbreaks but that people should be made aware of the preventive measures at household level.
Dr Mujajati explained that government should increase public awareness to help people learn more about the disease and how to prevent transmission.
He said the government was on top of issues against the global Ebola threat that has affected some West African countries with over 1,400 fatalities so far.
“We are catching up with preventative measures against any Ebola outbreak in the country.
As medical practitioners, we are getting updates on possible treatment for the disease,
“There is need for more public awareness programmes in terms of fliers and posters even increased public discussions including translations of the information into our local languages,” he said.
Dr Mujajati was commenting on various programmes put in place by the Zambian government in preventing and possible treatment of Ebola in the country.
He said ZMA was already tabling the issue of translating information about Ebola and its effects as well as preventative measures into the various local languages which information would be published on posters and fliers.
Over 2,400 people are reported to be infected with the Ebola virus in an unprecedented outbreak of the disease that has claimed over 1,400 lives in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea and Nigeria.
Several African governments including South Africa, Kenya, Senegal and Cameroun have put up travel restrictions to try and stop the disease from spreading into their respective nations. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned of a possible spread of the disease to many countries if measures were not put in place to prevent infected persons from entering non-affected countries with strict screening at borders and airports. Dr Mujajati said there was enough protective clothing in public health institutions for medical personnel as well as an increased awareness among the doctors and health workers should there be a potential threat.