SA to host SADC meeting on Ebola

Johannesburg - South Africa will host the Southern African Development Community (SADC) ministers of health meeting on Ebola, the health department said on Wednesday.

The meeting would be held on Wednesday to deliberate on the state of readiness and develop an approach in response to the Ebola outbreak in west Africa, said spokesperson Joe Maila.

"The meeting will bring together ministers of health and key stakeholders to build a consensus on appropriate strategic actions to prevent the spread of the ongoing Ebola [outbreak]."

The National Institute for Communicable Diseases and the World Health Organisation would also be part of the meeting.

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Nin Ja Kitty 2014-08-06 10:53:36 AM
Oh the very country that won't treat Foreigners with Ebola.
Narian Chengiah Naidoo 2014-08-06 11:00:46 AM
Number 1 is to come up with a cure for Ebola.
mabandla.mkhize 2014-08-06 11:11:04 AM
we're so obsessed with hosting, events.
Andrew M 2014-08-06 11:58:41 AM
Always more talk than action. Just another get together with buddies. If SA was really serious steps would have already been in place to act on this deadly virus. Just hope SAA and our health authorities have taken the necessary precautions to ensure travellers to SA are properly screened as surely, due to our poor state of hospitals will not cope with an outbreak here.
Winston Paul René Padayachee 2014-08-06 12:16:12 PM
There's a very good reason why we dont treat foreigners with ebola. It's for the protection of our own citizens and healthcare workers. If a an incurable virus causes a disease process with a near 90% fatality, why would you want people travelling here to get treatment. The virus needs to be quarantined as best possible. Johannesburg hospitals already suffer under the weight of foreign patients seeking low cost, (relatively) high quality medical care, purely because there are no disincentives to prevent it from happening. Our own people struggle to get access to care as it stands, so we are not in the position to be so charitable, yet we provide more free non-emergency care to foreign persons than many first world countries.
David Allcock 2014-08-06 12:19:25 PM
good move...get some form of action plan co operation and logistical agreements sorted before it moves southward....remember we are heading into spring...all life forms thrive in the springtime and i believe it may develop into southern africa rapidly if it gets the chance.........
Jacqui Daane Van Rensburg 2014-08-06 01:28:57 PM
That's positive.
Karen 2014-08-06 03:45:34 PM
Where is the meeting going to take place, who say's the others are not already infected?
Chase Bezuidenhout 2014-08-06 04:01:54 PM
Wow this should have been done weeks ago. Stop flights to Nigeria and scan anyone traveling abroad that will assist. sitting around a table discussing the obvious is surely a waste of time?