Persons travelling from Nigeria to St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) will no longer need to prove that they do not have Ebola, the Ministry of Health in Kingstown announced on Thursday.
“The Ministry of Health, Wellness and the Environment advises the general public that the Cabinet, at its meeting of November 26, 2014, granted approval for the discontinuation of the entry requirement of a negative PCR Ebola test for all persons travelling from Nigeria to St. Vincent and the Grenadines, as recommended by the Ministry of Health, Wellness and the Environment,” Permanent Secretary Luis de Shong said in a press release.
Towards the end of August, Cabinet authorized the Ministry of Health to require that a negative PCR Test to be submitted at all ports of entry in SVG by persons travelling from Nigeria, as a part of the national response to Ebola.
Ebola, previously known as Ebola hemorrhagic fever, is a rare and deadly disease caused by infection with one of the Ebola virus strains.
Ebola can cause disease in humans and nonhuman primates (monkeys, gorillas, and chimpanzees).
The toll in the Ebola epidemic has risen to 6,388 deaths out of 17,942 cases as of Dec. 7, its spread fuelled principally by new infections in Sierra Leone, the World Health Organization said on Wednesday.