Tanzania: Minister Mwalimu Tasks Research Institutions to Study Marburg Virus

Bukoba — MINISTER for Health, Ms Ummy Mwalimu has tasked research institutions in the country, including the Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA) to assist in finding a scientific solution on the originality of the Marburg Virus Disease (MVD) that claimed lives of six Tanzanians.

Equally, she directed districts and town councils in the country to set aside budgets for future pandemic emergency.

Addressing leaders at the Kagera Regional Commissioner’s office here on Friday, Ms Mwalimu said the government must get scientific answers on the disease.

“Was it imported from other countries or did it originate from the cave bats…we must get scientific answers,” she said.

Ms Mwalimu thanked development partners including the World Health Organisation (WHO), United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), African Medical and Research Foundation (AMREF) and Africa CDC among others, for their multi-sectoral collaboration and commitment.

“As we celebrate the elimination of the Marburg Virus Disease (MVD) in the country the world must get ready for next pandemics. It’s not yet over,” she declared.

Minister Mwalimu hailed PresidentSamia Suluhu Hassan for her bold decision while declaring the outbreak of Marburg Virus disease in the country on March 16th, this year.

“It was a bold decision as the US Vice-President Alice Kamala was by then visiting Tanzania. We also thank the US Embassy in Tanzania and other partners for their support during this hard period,” she said.

She showered praises on all front- liners including workers under the Ministry of Health (MoH) for their commitment and readiness to serve patients during the Marburg period.