By Dare Lawal
The health minister of South Africa, Aaron Motsoaledi, announced on Thursday that South Africa has imposed a ban for non-South Africans from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, which are the three countries most affected by the Ebola virus outbreak.
For visitors from countries like Nigeria, Kenya and Ethiopia, they would still be allowed entry, but only after being properly scrutinised.
Also, South Africans returning from the three worst-hit countries will be screened.
“A total travel ban for all non-citizens travelling from these high-risk countries (Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone), unless the travel is considered absolutely essential,” he said.
“For citizens of South Africa who wish to travel to these countries, they will be requested to delay their travel unless it is absolutely essential for them to travel.
“For people from medium and low-risk countries, including Nigeria, Kenya and Ethiopia, the normal surveillance processes would continue.
“If the comprehensive medical and the temperature screening reveal something, they will have to subject themselves to a complete medical examination.”