Namibia will acquire four thermal detectors to screen for Ebola virus

WINDHOEK: Namibia will acquire four thermal detectors to screen for the Ebola virus in people arriving in Namibia through the Hosea Kutako International Airport, Walvis Bay seaport and Oshikango border post.

Since March this year, the Ebola virus has killed more than 1 000 people in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Nigeria.

Chairperson of the National Health Emergency Management Committee in the Ministry of Health and Social Services, Dr Jack Vries said during a media briefing yesterday, the ministry will acquire four thermal detectors from South Africa at a cost of about N.dollars 264 000 each, and 1 000 pieces of protective clothing for health workers and other stakeholders.

He said these equipment and clothing will arrive in Namibia in the next eight weeks.

Speaking at the same occasion, Health and Social Services Minister, Dr Richard Kamwi thanked the Ministry of Finance for providing resources in this regard – over N.dollars one million.

He said the ministry will continue to provide training and sensitise health workers as part of measures to increase vigilance and preparedness for the Ebola virus.

The minister called upon all Government sectors, as well as community, religious and political leaders to work together to increase awareness of the Ebola situation in order to ensure optimum preparedness and response.

Kamwi said it is important to note that despite the virus being highly infectious, the Ebola outbreak can be contained using available interventions like early detection and isolation, contact tracing and monitoring, and adherence to rigorous procedures of infection control.