South Sudan has announced it has added the US, Europe and Brazil to its list of countries and regions with the highest risk of importing Ebola to the country, and passengers arriving the South Sudan from these places will be subjected to intensive screening and possible quarantining for a period of 48 hours to 21 days.
The US, Europe and Brazil join other West African countries categorized as high risk sources and importers of the deadly virus.
This announcement comes after cases of the deadly virus were reported in these countries. The USA just joined the top-10 countries where live was lost as a result of the virus.
Temporary quarantine centres have been setup close to border-points such as the airport in Juba where high-risk importers normally enter the country. Screening personnel have been mandated and equipped with light military gear to ‘politely’ detain anyone for up to 21 days should they suspect the person of any likelihood ‘to contract the Ebola virus’. 21 days, experts say, will determine for sure if the foreigner was an Ebola transporter.
A health official working with the National Security Service told reporters that the country has its hands already filled with a wide range of problems caused by South Sudanese themselves and the country cannot afford to deal with another that is foreign in its origin.
Statistically, more people have died of (or affected by) Ebola in the USA, Europe and Brazil than in South Sudan, or East Africa. With the death of the dog of the nurse who contracted the virus in Spain, it can be conclusively stated that more animals have been claimed by the virus in Spain than in South Sudan.
However, the minister of health has argued those arriving South Sudan to cooperate with the authorities. He said this is only a precautionary and temporary measure to ensure Ebola is not among the other unchecked commodities – good or evil- that travellers transport from one place to another.
Foreign aid, humanitarian food supplies can still be flown into South Sudan from these countries as Ebola – it has been established – does not get transmitted that way.