Rwanda screening American citizens for Ebola (PHOTOS) » African Spotlight
In light of the outbreak of the deadly Ebola hemorrhagic fever, the Government of Rwanda has put in place strict measures that will ensure the health and safety of its citizens.
A Ministry of Health document says all passengers from the U.S. and Spain – two countries that have seen cases of Ebola – will have temperatures taken upon arrival. Passengers with fevers will be denied entry, and those without fevers will still be required to report daily health conditions.
Dr. Agnes Binagwaho, Rwanda’s health minister, said Tuesday that travelers from the U.S. and Spain will be required to fill a detailed form upon arrival at border entry points.
“It is definitely extra work for us. We have to ensure that all citizens or any other travelers arriving from the above mentioned countries including the U.S have to be screened in an extra careful manner and follow up on them during their stay,” Bingwaho said.
The U.S. Embassy in the country said that Rwanda is not allowing visitors who have recently traveled to Guinea, Liberia, Senegal, or Sierra Leone.
“We urge U.S. citizens who may have a fever or who have traveled to countries where an Ebola outbreak has occurred to weigh carefully whether travel to Rwanda at this time is prudent given measures to screen incoming visitors.”
“As a reminder, we strongly recommend that U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Rwanda enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) at travel.state.gov. STEP enrollment gives you the latest security updates, and makes it easier for the U.S. embassy or nearest U.S. consulate to contact you in an emergency. If you don’t have Internet access, enroll directly with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate,” the statement added.
Rwanda has quarantined 30 people since the Ebola outbreak. No U.S. citizens have been quarantined. One German national has been quarantined.