Video PlayerClose LILONGWE, Nov. 6 (Xinhua) — Malawi government is conducting Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) small scale field simulation exercise in the border districts of Karonga and Chitipa in the northern region. The exercise comes three weeks after a 37-year-old patient died in Karonga mid-October amid speculations that he was suffering from Ebola, reports the health authorities strongly dismissed as untrue. The patient displayed signs and symptoms similar to those of Ebola such as high fever, bleeding from the eyes, nose and mouth and his condition and death raised alarm among Malawians. But lab tests conducted in South Africa cleared the fears as the patient was confirmed to have died of bacterial infection and not Ebola as feared by many. A statement released Wednesday by the Secretary for Ministry of Health and Population, Bestone Chisamile, announced that Malawi government was conducting the exercise to test the preparedness level of the country. “The objectives of the simulation exercise is to provide policy makers, responders, and funders with a comprehensive picture of where and what kind of interventions and equipment are in place,” reads the statement. It adds that the other objective is to strengthen districts’ preparedness should there be an EVD… Read full this story
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