WHO declares ebola a global crisis, but tells countries not to close their boarders

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared Ebola an international crisis and issued tight measures that countries should adopt to check its spread.

One of the recommendations by WHO is that all countries should come up with a regulatory framework that allows easy access to vaccines for their people.

WHO has, however, insisted that no country should close its borders or place restrictions on travel and trade.

“Such restrictions are usually implemented out of fear and have no basis in science,” read a statement from WHO’s Emergency Committee on Ebola Virus.

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The committee said such a move would push people to use informal border crossings that are not monitored, thus increasing the chances of spread of the disease.

“Most critically, these restrictions can also compromise local economies and negatively affect response operations from a security and logistics perspective,” said the committee.

WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom said the declaration of Ebola as a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC), dictated that it was time the world redoubled its efforts in containing it.

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When a disease is declared a PHEIC, it means there is a high risk of it spreading internationally.

Responding to WHO's directive, Cabinet Secretary for Health Sicily Kariuki said the Government was keenly watching activities at all Kenyan borders, and that suspected cases were screened.

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