16 August 2014

Cameroon: Ebola - Cameroon Bans Travellers From Nigeria, Others

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Cross-border trade with Nigeria

Cameroon has placed a travel ban on Nigeria, Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, all battling with an outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), the Francophone country's transport minister Hon. Bello Bouba Maigari announced yesterday.

A circular sent by the minister to airline officials, sea, river and land serving, said the ban decision was taken in Yaoundé after a meeting between the Cameroon government and concerned travel companies. The meeting was jointly chaired by Maigari and his health counterpart, Hon. André Mama Fouda.

It said major concerns, are of preventive measures to be taken in the fight against the Ebola which has already caused the death of about 1500 people across West Africa.

Other measures, the circular added, include the strengthening of surveillance in airports, harbours and other entry points of Cameroon, stressing that no case of Ebola has so far been declared in the country.

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