Ebola isn’t in Mozambique or anywhere near it. (See map.) Neither is the hysteria.
As the United States works itself into a full-blown panic attack, the reaction here has been muted. Despite daily visits to hospitals and clinics, I’ve heard very few people mention it. Some health professionals have been reluctant to discuss Ebola precisely because it has become so politicized.
A community radio station in Xai Xai said it would host a call-in session with doctors to answer questions about Ebola next week. I’ve also seen a few informational signs posted at healthcare facilities, but that’s about it.
This one emphasizes that the disease is caused by a virus, not witchcraft:
Panicking about a disease in West Africa seems far more ludicrous in a country where mosquitos, sex, and breathing put people at risk of malaria, HIV, and tuberculosis on a daily basis. A little perspective goes a long way in prioritizing what to worry about.