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India, Greece tell nationals not to travel to Nigeria

08 August 2014, 11:44

Lagos - Greece and India have warned their citizens to avoid non-essential travels to Nigeria, Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone because of the outbreak of Ebola virus in these West African countries.

A statement issued by the Greek Health Ministry said the recommendation was after a meeting with the Hellenic Centre of Disease Control and Prevention(KEELPNO).

The ministry said the country would take “precautionary measures” at ports and other entry points to monitor people coming into the country.

“Our country has a low level of risk in terms of the virus entering the country. But it is deemed appropriate to issue strict travel instructions to the public and to boost the level of preparedness at the entry gates to the country,” the ministry’s statement said.

Similarly, India Union’s Health Minister, Dr Harsh Vardhan, was reported as saying that the country had taken precautionary steps to deal with any case of the virus.

Vardhan recommended that non-essential travel to Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria be deferred.

The Indian minister also said that government would be obtaining details of travellers originating or transiting from Ebola virus affected countries to India from the concerned airlines and Indian Missions.

Also read: Ebola: Nigerians kicked out of conference

He said the government would track these persons after their arrival in India, up to their final destination in the country.

According to the India’s External Affairs Ministry, some 40 000 Indian citizens are currently living in Nigeria.

The United States, Germany and France are among those who have warned travellers to cancel trips to the countries affected by the virus.

-      NAN

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