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‘Dont visit Zimbabwe’-Namibia warns of Ebola presence

By Staff Reporter

THE Namibian government has warned against travel to Zimbabwe following reports that Harare had quarantined over 100 people who returned from countries affected by the deadly outbreak in West Africa.

Speaking to local media from New York, the country’s health minister Richard Kamwi said he was not aware of the quarantine in Zimbabwe but warned Namibians not to visit that country.

“The incubation period for Ebola is 21 days and until they are over and the country has been declared safe, I advise Namibians not to visit and Zimbabweans not to come to Namibia,” he said.

Kamwi also maintained that no Namibian is yet allowed to visit Nigeria and Senegal.

This is despite the fact that the WHO on Monday declared that the Ebola virus had been “pretty much contained” in Nigeria and Senegal and declared the two countries Ebola-free.

“We do not know without doubt that it is contained, so we still need to take care of ourselves,” he said.

Last month the minister advised visitors from Ebola-hit countries not to visit Namibia until further notice and Namibians not to travel to such countries.

He said this advice does not affect Namibian citizens who are entitled to come back since they are guaranteed such rights in terms of the country’s Constitution.

“However, such Namibians will be subjected to strict screening at the port of entry to ensure that they are not infected with Ebola,” Kamwi said.

Affected countries include Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone and now Senegal, Zimbabwe as well as the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The Ebola virus has killed more than 2,800 people since March this year.
-New Zimbabwe

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