Tanzania, through the country’s Ministry of health, is warning residents against consumption of wild meat, now that the deadly Ebola infections are escalating in various parts of East Africa.
At various public places, such as main bus and train stations, a looped audio warning replays frequently advising people to avoid touching or getting near any person who displays possible signs of Ebola infections.
The Government message also caution Tanzanians against indulging in bush meat.
Wildlife meat, especially from species such as Monkeys and Gazelles are reported to be susceptible carriers of the Ebola Virus.
Of Course, Tanzanians usually don’t eat Monkeys, with the exception of Hadza Bushmen residing in remote parts of Manyara Region.
However people in DRC love to hunt and consume the wild primates and they frequently travel to Tanzania.
Also, Ebola is not yet reported in Tanzania, but the disease is already causing deaths in Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
And as it happens, Tanzania borders both countries; Uganda in the North-West and DRC in the South-West.
A Tanzanian Medical Practitioner Dr Mohammed Ali, is among the victims who have succumbed to Ebola in Uganda.
The late 37-year-old Tanzanian doctor has been pursuing a Master of Medicine in Surgery course at Kampala International University.
His death from the disease was recently reported by the Association of Surgeons of Uganda.
It’s not clear how got infected but his death comes hours after the Ugandan Ministry of Health announced that the death toll from the Ebola outbreak in the country had reached Seven.
Dr. Ali lost the battle to the Ebola Virus Disease on Saturday, the first day of October 2022.
The Minister of Health, Dr Jane Ruth Aceng said Dr Ali tested positive for Ebola on September 26, 2022 and died while receiving treatment at Fort Portal Regional Referral Hospital isolation facility.
The Tanzanian Medical Practitioner is the first Doctor, and second health worker to have succumbed to Ebola in Uganda. The first was a midwife from St Florence Clinic.
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