Nepal: no quarantine system for Ebola

Updated - April 21, 2016 03:26 am IST

Published - August 11, 2014 12:05 am IST - KATHMANDU:

With risks of Ebola virus infection spreading far and wide by travelling passengers every day, Nepal is yet to set up a quarantine facility at its only international airport in its capital. On Sunday, at immigration desk, the most officials ask is about the last country visited and in some cases they not double-check.

On Friday, the WHO's expert panel noted that “the possible consequences of further international spread [of Ebola] are particularly serious in view of the virulence of the virus.”

With both international travellers and migrant Nepali workers coming to Nepal from many parts of the world, the risk to public health could not be ignored, a top health official told an online news portal in Kathmandu. However, he cited lack of funds to set up a quarantine system at the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) and transit points along Indo-Nepal border.

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