Ministry of Health denies Covid-19 case

Luanda – The secretary of State for Public Health, Franco Mufinda, Tuesday in Luanda denied as false information on social media that a case of coronavirus infection was detected among the oil company Total Angola’s employees.

“There are no cases of Covid-19 among Total Angola’s employees, nor are there records of this epidemic in the country. All information contrary to this is fake news”, asserted Franco Mufinda, in a press conference, reacting to a social media post about a purported case of the disease in the national territory.

According to the official, the circulation of false information about Covid-19 in Angola on social networks has been recurring, with the Ministry of Health receiving more than 15 “fake news” daily, with the sole purpose of causing communication noise.

He explained that in the case of Total Angola, it was a Polish citizen, 41 years old, an employee of that company in Block 17, who arrived in the country on February 6 of this year, with a normal flu condition, which motivated his admission to one of the Luanda clinics.

During the hospitalization and treatment period, the patient underwent a Covid-19 exam, done at the National Molecular Biology Laboratory, which gave a negative result.

At that moment, he said, the clinical condition of the Polish citizen is stable, having already been discharged from the hospital.

Faced with this scenario, Fraco Mufinda advised citizens to be cautious and discouraged the practice of false information, since the prevention of Covid-19 depends on the engagement of all.

Quarantine center for oil companies

Within the scope of the coronavirus Contingency Plan of the Inter-ministerial Commission of Angola, the source stressed that the government is working with the oil companies, in order to build the third specific quarantine center for workers resident in these companies.

“We have had regular meetings with those responsible for the oil companies, with a view to identifying a place to install a specific quarantine center for any suspected cases of the disease,” he added.

Regarding the process of controlling oil workers, Franco Mufinda said he was assured and has the support of health technicians and the companies themselves.

He stressed that the control measures and surveillance of suspicious cases being carried out at airports and land borders are the same as those carried out at ports and oil companies.

Source: Angola Press News Agency