ANGOLAN PROVINCE STEP UP BORDER SURVEILLANCE WITH DRC OVER FEARS OF SPREAD OF EBOLA V IRUS

SAURIMO, ANGOLA– The health authorities in the eastern Angolan province of Lunda Sul will be boosting their surveillance measures at the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to prevent the spread of deadly Ebola virus from that country where the death toll from the latest outbreak in the eastern part of the country rose to 75 last week.

The liaison officer to World Health Organization (WHO) in the province, Armando Aspirante, told Angop Monday that various preventive measures were being implemented along the border area, especially in the communes of Chiluange and Cassai Sul which share a border with the DRC.

The official assured that there are skilled surveillance teams in both communes with well-equipped health facilities to deal with any Ebola fever case.

“Strict measures are needed. We must act quickly in the face of human traffic and trade conducted on the borders of Chiluange and Cassai Sul, in the municipality of Muconda,” he said.

He appealed to the local traditional authorities and co-ordinators in charge of neighbourhoods near the communities to keep an eye on the movement of foreigners coming from the neighbouring country.

With a population of 35,252 inhabitants, Muconda municipality has three communes — Muriege, Chiluange and Cassai Sul. Muconda is 160 kilometres from the provincial capital, Saurimo.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK