EBOLA SCARE AT UBH -Zambia truck driver sparks panic -Minister announces taskforce

UBH Chief Executive Officer Nonhlanhla Ndlovu and Health and Child Care Minister Dr David Parirenyatwa

UBH Chief Executive Officer Nonhlanhla Ndlovu and Health and Child Care Minister Dr David Parirenyatwa

Auxilia Katongomara/Sifundiso Ndlovu Chronicle Reporters—
PANIC spread through a major Bulawayo hospital after a cross-border truck driver with symptoms of the deadly Ebola fever was admitted on Tuesday. The 52-year-old driver, thought to be Zambian, was in transit from South Africa to Zambia when he fell ill and was rushed to the United Bulawayo Hospitals, where he was reportedly put in isolation.

Hospital sources said the patient drives trucks across Central and Southern Africa, through countries that include the Democratic Republic of Congo, Botswana, South Africa and Zambia.

In the worst outbreak of the haemorrhagic Ebola fever on record, the disease has killed 1,426 of the 2,615 people who have contracted the virus in West Africa, mostly in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia. It has also been detected in countries like the DRC, Nigeria and Senegal.

The truck driver was brought in “bleeding from the nose, shivering and vomiting blood,” said a nurse at the institution who cannot be named because she was not cleared to talk to the media.

Symptoms, which manifest between two to 21 days after infection, include fever, muscle pain, headache and a sore throat followed by vomiting, diarrhoea, rash, impaired kidney and liver function and in some cases both internal and external bleeding.

The nurse added: “He was immediately put in isolation and medical tests were conducted.”
Staff at the Bulawayo City Council-run Thorngrove Isolation Hospital said they were put on standby on Tuesday evening after being warned that a patient would be transferred if results proved it was Ebola. Late yesterday, officials at the hospital said they had not received the patient.

UBH Chief Executive Officer Nonhlanhla Ndlovu said: “There is no such case at UBH. We haven’t heard of any Ebola case.”
Yesterday, the government announced it had set up a national Ebola viral disease taskforce in an effort to contain the spread of the deadly pandemic.

Health and Child Care Minister Dr David Parirenyatwa told journalists that the taskforce is expected to evaluate the risk of an Ebola outbreak and advise the government on appropriate measures to mitigate the impact in the event of an outbreak.

He said the goal of the inter-ministerial taskforce comprising the Ministries of Health and Child Care, Transport and Infrastructural Development, Home Affairs and Tourism and Hospitality Industry was to support global efforts to contain the spread of the disease and provide a coordinated national and international response for the travel and tourism sector.

“The taskforce has been set up as part of strategies on Ebola alertness, preparedness and response,” Dr Parirenyatwa said.
“Though we don’t have Ebola in the country, we shall strategise ways to counter this deadly virus. Zimbabweans travel across the world and this is a critical area that needs to be addressed.”

Dr Parirenyatwa said it was important to have notices at airports that direct travellers from West Africa to certain points for screening.
On travel restrictions, Dr Parirenyatwa said it was difficult to implement it in Zimbabwe like what other countries like Zambia have done since the country had no direct flights from affected countries.

He also said that the taskforce will learn from the countries that had already been affected.
“We are privileged that the deadly virus did not start with us so the taskforce will learn from the countries already under attack,” said Dr Parirenyatwa.
He said isolation centres have been set up around the country with the support of the World Health Organisation (WHO) which provided protective clothing to use in case of an outbreak.

Ebola is a deadly and highly-contagious virus which was first reported in Zaire, now the Democratic Republic of Congo, in 1976.
About 90 percent of people who contract Ebola are killed by the disease.

The virus causes internal and external bleeding and damages the immune system and organs. The virus may be contracted through contact with blood or bodily fluids of the infected.

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  • Jotham

    Please Minister ban the Zambians from ever using Zimbabwe as get way to their land locked country – we can’t afford the luxury of importing Ebola virus.

    • Teacher

      Grammar correction Jotham; The correct word is gateway. Some friendly advice. If you want to communicate in English please do it properly. You are murdering the language.

  • Slivia

    Just an
    anointed touch restored her eye and the face.

    Harare – Upon
    my visit to the fast growing Prophetic Healing
    and Deliverance Ministries (P.H.D Ministries) led by popular founder and leader
    — Prophet Walter Magaya recently I
    witnessed that people are healed of ALL diseases – not some but ALL according
    to Psalms.103:3. My visit made me realise that coming to P.H.D Ministries means
    coming to the arena of liberty, the hub of Mighty deliverance and the core of
    great miracles where God’s immeasurable power is demonstrated for guaranteed
    open heavens. I also witnessed that once Prophet Magaya declares you free in
    Jesus’ Mighty name you are free indeed and your life will never remain the

    To echo the
    same sentiments was Kundisayi Sungano who also had her own share of that
    powerful experience. She went to PHD Ministries all the way from Hwange in
    search of her healing. Kundisayi had a swollen left eye surrounded by blisters
    all over. Recently when she was about to write exams her eyes became itchy and
    of blood shot-red colour. She could hardly withstand the unbearable and severe
    pain. She wrote her exams with difficulty and it was afterwards that she went
    to a doctor who prescribed her eye clear to ease the problem. She dropped it in
    her left eye and the next morning the eye was swollen and had blisters all
    around it. Another day passed and the problem became more severe as her eye
    closed up, her face became swollen and the blisters multiplied.

    When she
    noticed her problem was worsening she decided to seek divine intervention and that
    was when she visited P.H.D Ministries in Waterfalls Harare in search of her
    healing on the 13th April 2014. The moment she stepped on the ‘arena
    of liberty’, she told herself that PHD Ministries was her last bus stop. She
    was on their prayer-line where the humble Man of God Prophet W. Magaya laid his
    anointed hand upon her and the evil spirit behind her sickness was provoked
    into manifestation. Indeed she received her healing and was declared free. She
    travelled back to Hwange the next day (Monday) and the immediate change she
    noticed was that the pain had left her.

    When she
    woke up Tuesday morning she was shocked to note that the blisters had dried up,
    her face was no longer swollen and her eye had opened up. That led her to go
    back to PHD Ministries and share with the world her powerful testimony on what
    God Almighty had done in her life all to the glory of God. “By looking at her face one could hardly
    notice that she once had blisters on her face. The devil is a liar and our Lord
    Jesus Christ is the Mighty Deliverer,” said Prophet W. Magaya.

    Walter Magaya’s PHD Ministries church members were barely 1000 in August 2013
    but has tremendously spiralled to over 90 000 as witnessed on every normal
    Sunday. On 29th July this year 2014 he launched a new anointing oil
    named “Resurrection Power” which has drawn thousands of powerful testimonies
    from all corners of the country and the world over. It is said that the oil is
    capable of unlocking all the doors of impossibilities in one’s life.

    On 14th
    and 15th August 2014 he held a first ever powerful and largest
    crusade in Zimbabwe’s second largest city (city of Kings), a crusade that left
    thousands of Bulawayo residents with testimonies including some who threw clutches
    and wheel chairs away after miraculous healing. It is also confirmed that the popular Harare
    based Prophet will be in the mountain city of Mutare for yet another powerful
    crusade next week on 4th and 5th September 2014.

    • ndlovu

      What an awesome testimony. i have heard a lot about Magaya but I hvn’t been there myself.. I think its high time I should visit this ministry. thank you for sharing this testimony

  • David

    I don’t see any problem here Jotham, I am really touched. Thank you Slivia for keeping us updated.

    • Jotham

      You find it normal to sale perfume at a funeral. We need people of sober minds

  • Trevor

    I see no problem with Slivia sharing with us this testimony. A lot of us are in bondage and to surpass this we need God in our lives. I praise God for this wonderful testimony, and may God bless Prophet W. Magaya.

  • Jotham

    We Might be good at imports but we don’t have to import Ebola. It appears as though you don’t know the consequences of this deadly disease.

  • Jotham

    What are you implying ?.