Dar es Salaam. Doctors in Tanzania have been instructed yesterday to remain vigilant in the wake of the increasing Ebola cases in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), health professionals are 21 to 32 times more likely to be infected with the Ebola virus compared to other people in the general population.
So far, nine health workers have contracted the virus in DRC since the outbreak was recently reported. According to the latest WHO reports, one has died. In general, there are 91 patients who have been confirmed to have contracted the virus with 50 registered deaths.
Minister of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children Ummy Mwalimu told reporters in Dar es Salaam yesterday that the information coming from the DRC should serve as a call for all health workers in Tanzania.
"These DRC health workers may have contracted the virus during the treatment of patients in the clinics and not in the Ebola Treatment Centers (ETC) … & # 39 ;, # the minister declared at a press conference .
News about the latest outbreak of Ebola comes a week after the WHO declared the DRC an Ebola-free country. This is the 10th time that the diseases have surfaced in the DRC in recent years.
There is no question of the disease in Tanzania despite being close to the Democratic Republic of Congo. However, Mwalimu said that public health authorities will not be smug because there is still a risk of cross-border transfer.
Because the government seeks to prevent access to the disease in the country, Ms. Mwalimu said that it is the health workers' job to protect themselves before they can care for other patients. "The Ministry has so far trained 80 specialists in precautionary and preventive measures and hired an additional 33 specialist to provide input to countries on the border," she said.
She also revealed that the government had so far provided personal protection equipment (PPE) worth Sh5 billion to health professionals across the country.
"The Center for Diseases Control and WaterReed have also provided Tanzania with 4 kits capable of testing up to 400 patients, and tests for Ebola can now be performed in Muhimbili National Hospital, Mbeya Referral Hospital and KCMC laboratories in Kilimanjaro, & # 39; ; she said.
Minister Ummy Mwalimu said the training on handling samples was carried out in regions such as Mwanza, Arusha, Ruvuma, Kilimanjaro, Kigoma and Kagera.
She also called on all members of the public to report symptoms of the disease and to follow the measures to prevent and control infections, as they have been commissioned by the public health authorities.