Installation Ceremony of Thermal Cameras for “The Zambia National Ebola Virus Disease and Infectious Disease Preparedness and Response Plan” at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport
May 29, 2017
On 17th May 2017, Mr. Hidenobu Sobashima, Ambassador of Japan to the Republic of Zambia, Dr. Chitalu Chilufya, Minister of Health of the Republic of Zambia, as well as the members of the Airport authority, JICA and NEC Africa, among others, attended the ceremony for installation of Thermal Cameras as preventive measures against Ebola Virus Disease and other infectious diseases, at the Kenneth Kaunda International Airport.
As a countermeasure against infectious diseases such as Ebola Virus Disease, about 346,000 US Dollars (about 3.4 million Kwacha) of the funds provided by the Government of Japan was spent to procure 14 units of the thermal cameras manufactured by a Japanese company NEC to be installed at 4 international airports and 10 land border point of Zambia.
At the ceremony, Mr. Kentaro Maekawa, Deputy Managing Director, NEC Africa, explained the characteristics of the thermal camera and the airport staff demonstrated the monitoring of the body temperature of the people in front of the camera.
It is expected that this assistance of the Government of Japan in cooperation with Japan’s private sector will not only serve to detect Ebola Virus Disease, but will also other infectious diseases such as SARS, Zika fever and yellow fever at the entrance points to Zambia, and thus will greatly contribute to prevention and response against infectious diseases in Zambia.
To read the speech made by Ambassador Sobashima at this ceremony, please click here.