'Screen truck drivers from DRC for Ebola'

HARARE - Legislators fear truck drivers plying the Zimbabwe-DRC route may bring the dreaded Ebola virus here.

Lawmakers yesterday  grilled  Health and Child Care minister David Parirenyatwa  on  the measures government was  taking  to  curb the  import of the Ebola virus from the DRC.

MDC  legislator Ruth Labode, who is also a medical  doctor, asked if  government  was  monitoring the border posts at Beitbridge, and Chirundu to screen truck drivers from the DRC.

“We have a lot of people coming into the country through our borders in particular drivers from DRC,” she said. “What measures are we taking to check on them. We know that South 
Africa is screening and stopping visitors from the DRC.”

Parirenyatwa  said  the  Zimbabwe was now monitoring all border posts.

“We are not going to close our border posts and we have deployed some medical personnel to look at our visitors and people coming from the DRC into the country to detect any signs
of Ebola,” he said.

“We have our experts looking at the travellers. I am also happy  that  we  have also put our mechanism  together  with other Sadc ministers of Health which help  in monitoring 
cross border  to our countries as we know  that people travel a lot in the Sadc region.”

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I have a neighbour in Manyame Park Chitown who is a truck driver, he passed on this week due to this ebola virus

Muchape - 29 August 2014

I think as a nation we need to take this Ebola animal seriously. I would have thought that the Government could have called for an ermegency meeting of whoever counts in this matter to map the way forwrad to put a stop to this life threatening Ebola scourage. There is need to verify this Manyame Park story. We must not bury our heads in the sand like ostriches.

mambo - 29 August 2014

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