Namibia prepared to cope with any case of Ebola entering the country: WHO

WINDHOEK: Namibia is fully prepared to cope with any case of Ebola entering the country, a World Health Organisation (WHO) official said yesterday.

WHO Representative in Namibia, Quazi Islam said Namibia is ready and he is absolutely sure they can contain it in Namibia.

Ebola is a viral illness of which the initial symptoms can include a sudden fever, intense weakness, muscle pain and a sore throat.

The current outbreak of the epidemic has claimed nearly 3 000 lives in African countries since early this year.

The WHO said the current Ebola outbreak in Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), and Senegal could infect more than 20 000 people before the end of the year.

Closer to home, Zimbabwe has placed close to 100 people under quarantine after they travelled to countries in west Africa affected by the deadly Ebola virus.

The News Day media organisation in Zimbabwe on Tuesday said 46 have already been discharged after they tested negative for the haemorrhagic fever during their 21-day quarantine.

KEETMANSHOOP; The staff of Protea Hotel Sea-View Zum Sperrgebiet in Lüderitz are still on strike.

The 10 hotel employees picket outside in front of the hotel every day since 17 September when they downed tools.

The Namibia Food and Allied Workers’ Union (NAFAU) representative Jacob Penda told Nampa today that the strike, now in its second week, will continue until the demands of the workers are met.

The hotel employees have asked for a total increase of N.dollars 550 each – a salary increase of N.dollars 200 – and increases on their housing allowance of N.dollars 150; medical allowance of N.dollars 100; and transport allowance of N.dollars 100.

United Africa Group (UAG), the owner of the Protea group of hotels, agreed only to a hike in transport allowance of N.dollars 110.

At the start of the strike, UAG representative, Graham Howard told this agency the company could do nothing to avert the strike, saying financial difficulties hampered creating the outcome the workers would prefer.

When contacted for comment, Howard simply said the hotel is closed and he has no comment.