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Is Rwanda Right To Screen US and Spanish Travellers For Ebola?

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During the past weekend, Rwanda announced that it would begin screening visitors from the United States and Spain, the two western countries that have been hit by the virus. The US and Spain currently have three Ebola cases each, that of the US originated from a Liberian who travelled to the US and developed symptoms four days later. While a Spanish nurse contracted the virus from a countryman aid worker that was brought home from Liberia after falling to the virus.

The decision by the East African country has been received with mixed feelings. Seen in some quarters as borne of genuine concern, the decision has also been labelled unnecessary and ridiculous. But for many in West Africa – long agonised by what they see as western Ebola-stereotype of the region – Rwanda is been applauded for turning the table on the west.

However, for Rwanda, it is more about safety than gratifying African sentiments. The country, which already has a long running ban on visitors who travelled to Guinea, Liberia, Senegal, or Sierra Leone within the past 22 days, seems to be taking no chances with the virus, not even from the high and mighty developed nations.

On Tuesday the U.S. Embassy in Rwanda posted the country’s regulation to visitors from US and Spain, it read; “On October 19, the Rwandan Ministry of Health introduced new Ebola Virus Disease screening requirements. Visitors who have been in the United States or Spain during the last 22 days are now required to report their medical condition — regardless of whether they are experiencing symptoms of Ebola — by telephone by dialling 114 between 7:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. for the duration of their visit to Rwanda (if less than 21 days), or for the first 21 days of their visit to Rwanda”.

Article Credit: Ventures-africa

Updated 4 Years ago

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