Lusaka, June 18, 2019, ZANIS---Minister of Health, Chitalu Chilufya, has announced that Zambia has continued to intensify surveillance and security in all border towns, to ensure that the country is protected from public health threats such as ebola and measles.

Dr Chilufya told ZANIS in an interview that government has escalated surveillance in all border areas and is also looking at enhancing other public health measures in order to make sure that Zambia is safe from the deadly Ebola and Measles.

He added that government has also put up evidence backed measures and have invested significantly in the fight against public health threats through the Zambia National Public Health Institute, which spearheads all health security measures in a multi-sectoral manner.

The Minister also stated that apart from strengthening surveillance in all border towns, government has also increased the number of response workers, in an event that an incident occurs.

Dr Chilufya added that the authority has further purchased equipment to detect any possible cases of Ebola and Measles among travelers and business people crossing the border points.

And Dr Chilufya notes that government is aware that the long border with Congo exposes the country to any bad infections across the border, adding that it is for this reason that government has strengthened collaborations with the Government of the Democratic Republic of Congo, to escalate surveillance and appropriate immunisation along the border areas.