All public meetings and rallies are prohibited in the Malagasy capital, Antananarivo. A decision taken on Saturday, September 30 by the Malagasy Prime Minister to fight the spread of plague. On Saturday, the Indian Ocean Champion Clubs Cup was played behind closed doors to avoid contamination.
These are empty galleries that hosted the basketball players of Indian Ocean clubs on Saturday. Mahamasina stadium in Antananarivo was banned from fans. A measure to prevent the spread of plague in the capital.
Since the month of August, 6 people have died of this disease in Antananarivo. Among them, the coach of the Seychelles basketball club of Beau Vallon, Alix Allisop. On Friday, 4 people died of pulmonary plague, according to the Malagasy Ministry of Public Health.
After the basketball tournament, which ended around 11:30 pm local time, each player was examined by a doctor. ” They are not quarantined, ” says Dr. Manitra Rakotoarivony, Director of Health Promotion. ” If they have been in contact with a person with plague or there are warning signs, such as cough or fever, we are doing preventive treatment,” he says.
In a statement to the Malagasy national television channel, Prime Minister Olivier Mahafaly said that the cancellation of public demonstrations was a temporary measure pending “the evolution of the fight against this disease“. The head of government said measures would be taken at airports and bus stations to avoid panic and control the disease.
If not taken care of quickly, the plague form of the plague can be fatal in just 24 hours. Since August, at least 24 people have died of plague in Madagascar, according to figures from the Malagasy Ministry of Public Health. In the country, the plague season generally extends from October to March. The disease reappears almost every year on the Big Island since 1980.