Econet’s Ebola Call To Action

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Econet wireless Zimbabwe has collaborated with the ministry of Health and Child Care in the call to keep Zimbabwe safe from Ebola. At the Ebola call-to-action breakfast meeting, hosted by Econet Wireless, critical deliberations towards how best can the country be 100% alert to Ebola were discussed.

Ebola is an infectious and generally fatal disease marked by fever and severe internal bleeding, spread through contact with infected body fluids by a filovirus (Ebola virus). This epidemic has attacked humans and other primates caused by Ebola viruses. Signs and symptoms typically start between two days and three weeks after contracting the virus as a fever, sore throat, muscle pain, and headaches.

By Gift Chirauro

Under the theme ‘Prevention is Better than Cure’, the meeting discussed issues along these lines:
• Unveil of the Ministry of Health’s Preparedness & Strategic Response Plan to the Ebola Virus.
• Raise awareness of the Ebola Epidemic to Industry and Business.
• Call for increased levels of Private Public Partnerships (PPP) in improving the Nation’s state of preparedness.
• Call for resource mobilisation from Industry and Business to augment Government efforts.
• Discuss the Coordination of Support from the Private Sector to Government through the Ministry of Health and Child Care.

‘Human beings have been given the capacity of dominion,’ says Econet Wireless CEO Douglas Mboweni. He added that, God has given his people the incredible capacity to deal with situations, therefore if Zimbabweans have a common vision of working together, the task of preventing Ebola will be made possible.

Econet has chipped in already in the move to inform the nation about this deadly disease with an innovative way. The group had decided to tag the informative message on their call me back platform as well as on their credit top up messages such the greater number of the country can be well informed.

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On the other hand, the ministry of Health and Child Care has incorporated interactive ways in which the people will then communicate suspected cases or get more information. Platforms such as WhatsApp, Facebook and twitter has been created. There is also a website created to provide the information to the citizens so that they are made to be fully equipped in as far as information is concerned.

The ministry also decided to set up structures where, if the required resources are made available, they will try to curb this disease. Orientation of the health workers, which is highly necessary, should be done with appropriate drills and simulation.

‘Major institutions have been equipped with efficient systems so as to make sure that the infected people will be detected and isolated thereby limiting the spread of the disease,’ says Permanent Secretary for Health and Child Care Brigadier General Dr G Gwinji.

Gwinji added that, in this country the risk of having the disease is rare and small since there are no reported cases concerning the epidemic.

The Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) plan endeavors to provide a framework for the preparedness and response to the threat of Ebola Virus disease in Zimbabwe. The plan is to guide the country in terms of resource mobilisation, stakeholder’s involvement, health workers’ response in the event of an EVD outbreak in Zimbabwe.

In addition, the country is running on a budget, which the ministry Health and Child Care is appealing to the private sector to come in the face of this crisis so as to save the nation. The Ebola Preparedness Plan is working on the estimated $ 11, 572, 952. 00.

Therefore, Zimbabweans need to stand together as one in this fight so as to protect the citizens at large from the epidemic.

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