Mimosa donates anti-Ebola surveillance equipment

ZVISHAVANE-BASED platinum mining company, Mimosa Mines, yesterday donated medical equipment worth about $100 000 to the Ministry of Health and Child Care to beef up the country’s anti-Ebola surveillance programme.

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The equipment included 100 hand-held thermometers and four other sophisticated thermometers which act more like a CCTV.

Health minister David Parirenyatwa confirmed the development during a tour of the Ebola check sites at Harare International Airport yesterday.

“This is a brilliant gesture by Mimosa to provide equipment to help in the fight against Ebola,” Parirenyatwa said.

He appealed to other players in the corporate and private sectors to follow suit and augment government efforts at keeping the disease outside the country’s borders.

“The best way to deal with Ebola now is through prevention, and this equipment like the thermometers will help in detecting traveller’s temperatures. Vigilance must be there, there is need to communicate with everyone and properly inform them on what Ebola really is,” he said.

Speaking at the same event, Mimosa Mines executive chairman Winston Chitando said: “We found it prudent to acquire thermo cameras and others for all major border posts that will assist port health authorities in their efforts to contain the disease.

“We will also assist in training personnel in the use of this
equipment as well as enhance communications around Ebola through the television screens that we have purchased and other platforms of information dissemination.”

World Health Organisation country representative David Okello, however, said Zimbabwe had a low risk of getting Ebola.

“More and more people are getting infected and we are worried that its spreading very fast at an alarming rate, but risk of importation to Zimbabwe is low and what we need to do now is to be on the alert and know that there is a possibility.”

Unicef country representative Reza Hossaini said Zimbabwe should not panic, but be concerned and be on the lookout for Ebola.
Since the outbreak of Ebola in West Africa, Zimbabwe has remained on high alert with more than 90 people on surveillance after having travelled to the affected countries.

Ebola has claimed over 3 000 lives in West Africa, mostly in Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone.

Southern African countries have also increased their surveillance programmes following reports that the Democratic Republic of Congo had recorded an Ebola case.

4 Comments

  1. The efforts by Mimosa is commended. As the Church we believe this is a right gesture and should be complemented by all. To the Ministry of Health we say hats off to you. Ebola just need to be prevented from spreading

  2. THERE JUST IS NOTHING LIKE “LOW RISK”
    It has been reported from some quarters (including purportedly the local WHO representative) that ‘Zimbabwe has Ebola a low risk of getting Ebola’. I argue that this a greatly and dangerously misleading point of view, and that we should not, as a nation be lulled into such a sense of false security.

    Consider this:
    It has been reported in the last two days that in SPAIN (Europe!!!!) a nurse has become the first person out of Africa to be infected with the disease. Add onto that the West African gentleman who has ended up in the USA – hospitalised due to Ebola.These are two countries that, apart from having much more sophisticated preventative and treatment resources than we have here in Zimbabwe, which were considered ‘Low-Risk’ areas.

    The effort of tracing all people who could POSSIBLY have been in contact with the affected patient is something – and I say this with due respect – way, way, way above our capabilities and resources here in Zimbabwe.

    If just one infected person were to unfortunately arrive here and get in undetected as happened in the USA, we would be really hard put to deal with the resulting consequences. Let us just be honest with ourselves and accept that we are at RISK, as much at risk as anywhere else in the world. Our hospitals are already straining at the seams, as it is, with ordinary everyday diseases like diarrhea and not to mention HIV and AIDS. We are not anywhere near enough equipped to deal with the risk of EBOLA.

    That said, we must gear ourselves to be ultra-vigilant against this virus, ask for help urgent from the international community, and stop any of our singers/musicians from travelling to West Africa for some artistic function – the risks far out-weigh whatever perceived benefits that could be imagined.

  3. i salute you Mimosa.

  4. DAMM EBOLA DAMM

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