Matabeleland North Provincial Medical Director, Dr Nyasha Masuka, has dismissed reports of an Ebola outbreak or “Ebola like” diseases in Hwange District. He also said that tests done on patients showed that some of the 42 people who were admitted at Lukosi Hospital complaining of headaches, high temperatures among others were suffering from malaria.
There is no Ebola or ‘Ebola like’ symptoms that have been detected within the province and people must not panic as it is not true. Yes, about 42 people from five villages in Hwange District were tested after they showed some kind of symptoms, although none of them showed Ebola symptoms. Most patients were admitted for three to four days and were given antibiotics and paracetamol. In some people, tests for malaria turned out negative.