Minister of Health, Dr Jean Kalilani on Wednesday appealed to the general public to help the ministry fight the Ebola disease by reporting any strangers they see entering in the country.
Kalilani was speaking in Lilongwe during a press briefing organised to update Malawians on what government is doing in readiness for the outbreak.
She said government was doing all it could to prevent the country from facing the challenge. Kalilani however said government alone cannot win the fight hence the need for joint efforts from the general public.
“We have intensified the screening exercise in our airports as well as border posts but we strongly believe that alone is not enough considering that we have porous borders. To this end, we would like to appeal to every Malawian to take active role and be on the watch of foreigners entering the country,” the mister explained.
So far no single case has been reported in SADC and Malawi in particular since the disease broke out.
The minister said among some of the efforts currently being implemented by the ministry apart from the screening exercise include intensive education to local communities and tight monitoring systems in the borders.
According to Kalilani about 155 people from heavily infected countries who tried to enter the country have been screened with no signs of the disease.
Ebola disease was first reported in West Africa and it has since continued to affect and kill many people. It is believed that the virus has been in existence since 1976.