Saudi Ministry of Health takes important steps to ensure Ebola-free Haj

August 11, 2014 9:11 am

Senior official from the Saudi Ministry of Health said that pilgrims arriving from different countries are being monitored for the Ebola virus at the airports, Arab News reported. “We are checking pilgrims coming on airlines from West and Central Africa, and also from other countries, since pilgrims could have been on transit in the endemic countries and can potentially be carriers of the virus,” said Sami Badawood, director general of the Directorate of Health Affairs in Jeddah. The Health Ministry has also issued an advisory against travel to Liberia, Sierra Leone and New Guinea. The government stopped issuing Haj visas to these countries as an initial step to control the spread of the disease among the pilgrims.