15 Aug 2014 19:00pm
WINDHOEK, 15 AUG (NAMPA) People who intend to come to Namibia from Ebola-affected countries, are urged not to do so until further notice.
The Minister of Health and Social Services, Dr Richard Kamwi made this appeal during a media briefing here on Friday.
Ebola outbreaks have been reported in Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone, and has killed almost 1 000 people since the beginning of this year.
He said Namibians citizens, however, are entitled to come back home since they are guaranteed such rights in terms of the Namibian Constitution.
The minister further advice Namibians planning on travelling to affected countries, not to take such a risk.
I, therefore, repeat my advice that no Namibian citizen, permanent resident as well as those on temporary residency should travel to the Ebola-affected countries, he reiterated.
Kamwi said visiting Ebola-affected countries and returning to Namibia will put people here at risk of getting the disease.
We do not need to panic, but let us not be complacent. Let us ensure that our emergency response systems are well functioning, and protective medical equipment are well stocked in case the unlikely event of the virus coming south, he said.
The minister said all people arriving here from Ebola-affected countries will be subjected to strict screening at ports of entry at either the Hosea Kutako International Airport, Walvis Bay Airport, Walvis Bay seaport and Oshikango border post.
Kamwi said people found to be infected shall be subjected to isolation in accordance with World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines.
Symptoms of the Ebola virus include nausea; loss of appetite; diarrhoea and vomiting with or without blood; skin rashes; abdominal pain; hiccups; cough; chest pain; and difficulty breathing.
The virus is spread through contact with an affected person or animals bodily fluids such as blood and sweat.