Friday, November 21, 2014

Nepal Government Not To Conduct Ebola Test for SAARC visitors

There is just few days remaining for 18th SAARC Summit but host country Nepal is not equipped with Ebola test for the visitors. The deadly Ebola virus is wide spread beyond West African countries.

The government has not decided yet to conduct medical tests of visitors to the 18th SAARC Summit going to be held in Kathmandu on November 26-27. Health workers at the Ebola screening desk of the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) confirmed of not conducting medical tests of the event visitors.

The health screening is required only for those who visit Nepal from West African countries or those returning from Ebola-affected countries. The health desk authorities are not authorized to conduct health screening of SAARC visitors though the Ebola screening desk will remain open round the clock even during the summit as requested by the Epidemiology and Disease Control Division (EDCD). The Ebola screening desk at Tribhuvan International Airport remains closed after the last flight in usual days.

The test is postponed for SAARC visitors considering that the virus has been detected in none of the SAARC countries, except India but World Health Organization (WHO) has cautioned the health officials to conduct thorough examination of all passengers who have recently visited the virus-affected countries or have provided treatment to Ebola patients. Earlier, the WHO´s Nepal country office had asked the desk to make it mandatory for health screening of all people who have returned from the virus-hit countries.

Hundred of security personnel from Nepal Army (NA), Armed Police Force (APF) and Nepal police have been deployed in the UN peacekeeping missions in West African nations affected by the deadly virus.

Ebola has taken life of more than 5,000 lives and affected thousands of people, including health officials, in countries such as Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone, according to WHO.

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