Ebola – Saudi Arabia bans Congo Hajj pilgrims

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Following the World Health Organization (WHO)’s move to declare the Ebola outbreak in DRC’s eastern North Kivu and Ituri provinces a public health emergency of international concern, the Saudi Arabia has banned entry to travellers coming from the Democratic Republic of the Congo during next month’s Hajj pilgrimage.

Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs made this known in a statement issued on Wednesday stating that it is for the well-being of pilgrims.

“The granting of arrivals visas for people entering from DRC has been stopped, to conserve the well-being of pilgrims,” the ministry’s note stated.

“The granting of arrivals visas for people entering from DRC has been stopped, to conserve the well-being of pilgrims,” the Saudi ministry’s note said.

Recall that World Health Organisation (WHO) in July released a statement advising against restrictions of travel to, and trade with, the Democratic Republic of Congo.

“WHO advises against any restrictions of travel to, and trade with, the Democratic Republic of the Congo based on the currently available information.”

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According to the DRC’s health ministry, the epidemic has killed hundreds of people since it emerged last August.

SOURCES: Al jazeera and www.who.int

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