Government has confirmed that there are no Ebola cases in the country or countries neighbouring South Africa.
This comes after reports emerged of a confirmed Ebola case in Lesotho, however this turned out to be a simulation exercise to test the country’s readiness in case of an outbreak in terms of risk communication, coordination, surveillance, case management and response times.
It was reported that the person who had been confirmed had told Lesotho authorities that she had contact with a man exhibiting Ebola symptoms in Johannesburg.
Deputy Director at the National Institute for Communicable Diseases, Professor Lucille Bloomberg says there is no need for the public to panic.
Bloomberg says, “There are no cases of Ebola in South Africa or any of our neighbouring countries. Apparently Lesotho conducted the simulation exercise testing emergency responses which is a requirement for countries to do from time to time.”
This caused panic among some social media users.
⚠️There have been no positive #Ebola cases in South Africa or its neighbouring countries. The reported case was a simulation test for the country’s capacities in terms of risk communication, coordination, surveillance, case management and response times #EbolaInLesotho pic.twitter.com/SvWGPCg0Sl
— South African Government (@GovernmentZA) November 14, 2019
Ebola in S.A? This is what happens when you let everyone into A Country without Proper processes. pic.twitter.com/EUzYgGWNlk
— Thembekile Nambane (@TnambaneNambane) November 14, 2019
Ebola has break out in Lesotho. Health Minister in Lesotho Nkaku Kabi has reported first case of Ebola. It is worrisome that only African countries are only once with Ebola. Some Elite people somewhere create this for some reasons known to them to cash in on vaccines pic.twitter.com/xTPIw9sUls
— Nkwe Mashamaite (@NkweMashamaite) November 14, 2019
So this whole ebola case of a Lesotho woman in South Africa was a “simulation case”? Wakanda chemical weapon scandal cover up nonsense is this? pic.twitter.com/eTDj2XktXI
— Tau ya Morei🇿🇦 (@Tevin8r) November 14, 2019
Lesotho confirms its 1st case of ebola. Quarantine Ficksburg as a Lesotho national claimd she came into contact with a DRC national in that Free State town. No one knows where the DRC national is at right now.
— Kgauza Lecowza (@kgaugelo_SM) November 14, 2019
So y’all believe it was just a simulation exercise??? They just don’t want the public to panic, its real! #Ebola
— Cassiem (@NdleleniLwazi) November 14, 2019
— justiceMthabine (@justicebigM) November 14, 2019
— MissLoverLover (@MissQabs) November 14, 2019
Actually South Africa is in danger of Ebola and our government is saying nothing about it. There is a man in Johannesburg with Ebola symptoms and its business as usual. Somebody please hear us out!!! @fs_health @HermanMashaba @HealthZA
— Tshidiso Koena (@koena_tshidiso) November 14, 2019