Thursday, 14 November 2019 09:27

A woman who displayed symptoms of the Ebola virus at the Ficksburg border was falsely confirmed to have contracted the disease and It was revealed to have been a “simulation exercise”.

Eyewitness News earlier reported that health officials had "confirmed its first case of Ebola"

According to the report, the woman was rushed to hospital where tests "confirmed she had contracted the virus".

However the International Health Regulations (IHR) in Lesotho said in a statement that there had been an Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) exercise simulation on November 13 between the borders gates of Ficksburg and Maputsoe.

"This was first Small Scale Field Simulation Exercise (SSFX) conducted to test the preparedness and response to the PHEIC," the IHR said in a statement.   

It was undertaken to test the capacities in terms of risk communication, coordination, communication, surveillance, case management, preparedness and response, it said. 

"The IHR office therefore wishes to inform the public and all other stakeholders that the minister of health will release a statement to address the outcomes of the simulation exercise  in Leribe," the IHR said.

Meanwhile the World Health Organization (WHO) prequalified an Ebola vaccine for the first time, a critical step that will help speed up its licensing, access and roll-out in countries most at risk of Ebola outbreaks.

This is the fastest vaccine prequalification process ever conducted by WHO.