Red Cross calls travel ban on Ebola hit countries ‘irrational’

Posted: October 28, 2014 in general

International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies has stated that imposing travel bans on Ebola affected countries would be ‘irrational.’

Secretary General of the agency, said Elhadj As Sy, who made this disclosure recently while addressing the media at a press conference, noted that imposing a ban would only raise fear and panic among people and ‘won’t do any good to curb the virus’ which has already claimed the lives of more than 4,000 people.

“[Travel bans] are not solutions. The only solution is how can we join our efforts to contain those kinds of viruses and epidemics at their epicenter, right where they start.

“Countries should focus on raising funds and providing treatment to those with confirmed cases of Ebola. If they can do that, the outbreak could be contained within six months,” said Sy in Beijing, China.

The Obama administration has imposed a new rule forcing passengers travelling from Ebola affected West African countries to fly via one of five United States airports.

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