TABJ – The United Nations World Health Organization says anyone with an illness consistent with the symptoms of Ebola should not be allowed to travel by air, sea or land from affected countries until being medically examined.
“Doctors, nurses and other health workers must be allowed to carry out their life-saving humanitarian work free of threat of violence and insecurity,” said WHO Director-General Dr. Margaret Chan in a statement.
Threats and harassment of health workers in West African countries have also been a concern of the Ebola virus disease outbreak, WHO said. “These professionals are taking personal risks to provide critical medical care, but have been threatened, shunned and stigmatized.”
Meanwhile, the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has scheduled to meet with his Senior Coordinator on Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) Dr. David Nabarro arriving from Geneva.
As the number of cases reported by WHO as of 13 August reached 2,127 in Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone, with a total of 1,145 deaths. The WHO believes the death toll has thus far been vastly understated.