| Hakim Hayat |
THE Ministry of Health (MoH) yesterday quashed a report of Ebola cases in Brunei Darussalam, which was published on the ‘Viral.Ninja’ website (safeurlpath.com).
The information is untrue and baseless, the MoH said in a statement, adding that the public need not panic or worry.
The MoH confirmed that there have not been any cases of Ebola reported in the country.
Citing a report by the World Health Organization (WHO), the MoH said the West-Pacific region, which includes Brunei, has been evaluated as having a “very low risk” on the probability of contracting the Ebola virus.
The MoH reassured the public that the situation will continuously be monitored.
As an added precautionary measure, from October 17 onwards, passengers arriving at Brunei International Airport will be required to fill in health declaration cards and if required, health examinations will be carried out.
Visas will not be issued to nationals of Ebola-affected countries.
The MoH reiterated that it would strengthen networking, cooperation and information-sharing with regional health institutions and WHO. Members of the public are advised not to visit any Ebola-affected countries.
Members of the public are also reminded not to spread rumours in social media such as WhatsApp, Facebook and Twitter.
Under the Sedition Act Chapter 24, those found carrying out or doing or abetting with an individual to carry out any activities intended to provoke the public for discontent or causing panic, can on the first count be imprisoned for two years and fined $5,000 for the next charge, and imprisoned three years or fined.
For updates on the Ebola outbreak, the public can call the MoH hotline 145 or the MoH’s Public Relations Department at 2380989.