Prolonged isolation of Ebola-affected countries "damaging"

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David Nabarro, Special Envoy of the Secretary-General on Ebola. Credit: UN Photo/Yubi Hoffmann

The longer that the process of isolating countries affected by the Ebola virus goes on, the more damaging it will be, the UN Special Envoy for the outbreak warned.

David Nabarro made the remarks in New York on Wednesday during a briefing for non-governmental organizations.

Contact with Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea should be maintained, he urged, describing these countries as "vibrant, alive and recovering."

He said the world needs to be focusing on post-Ebola now.

"I am really encouraging maintain the contact; maintain the tourism; maintain the travel. Yes, I think we need to be thinking of post-Ebola now. We need to be working on economic recovery now. We need to be working on agriculture and food systems now. We need to be working on ensuring that we can get the airlines back now. The longer that this process of isolating countries affected by Ebola goes on, the more damaging it will be."  (32″)

Australia and Canada recently issued visa bans for residents from the three affected West African nations.

Meanwhile, in several countries and localities, recent restrictions are being applied to people who have travelled to these Ebola-affected areas.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has warned that these restrictions are putting added pressure on health care workers who have been on the frontline of the Ebola response.

He added that the restrictions were not based on science.

Stephanie Castro, United Nations.

Duration:  1’29″

 

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