Malawian students to remain stuck in Wuhan, China

Jappie Mhango

Minister of Health Jappie Mhango has said there are no immediate plans to evacuate the over 50 Malawian students ‘stranded’ in Wuhan province the epicenter of the corona virus.

Responding to questions from Member of Parliament, Mhango said the Chinese government has assured Malawi that the students are being kept in doors and being supplied with food daily.

"Those that are still in China are safe, they’ve been confined, food is brought to them so that none of them is in contact with the virus," he said

But the MPs were not satisfied and they pressed government to ensure that the students are evacuated home.

But the Minister of Health insisted that the situation has not reached epidemic levels

Mhango also assured Malawians that government is working to ensure that the virus is not imported into Malawi.

Mhango said his Ministry is implementing activities in preparation for corona virus outbreak, which including screening  of people travelling into the country, developing a preparedness plan and disseminating information about how to virus.

"As much as possible avoid travelling to China until outbreak is put under control...we are screening all travellers arriving from Malawi and following them up for 14 days," he said.

A couple of weeks ago, the WHO declared the virus a public health emergency but fell short of declaring a travel ban to the affected nations mostly China.

No case of the virus has been detected in Africa. The continent only has two laboratories one in South Africa and another in Senegal to test for the virus