Yaoundé, Cameroon (PANA) – Cameroon is to suspend all flights from Ebola-affected countries, to check the spread of the disease into the Central African country.
Sources told PANA that the decision was announced on Thursday at the end of a meeting between officials of the Health and Transport ministries.
As Nigeria, with whom Cameroon shares a 2,000 km border, confirms about a dozen cases of the dreaded disease with three deaths, the Cameroonian authorities have stepped up prevention measures.
André Mama Fouda, minister of Health, said: “Surveillance has been tightened in all health districts at the country’s borders, airports and ports. The surveillance is being carried out within the framework of a network of partnership and sharing of views bringing together not only countries hit by the epidemic, but also other African countries that are exposed.”
The Ebola virus disease has killed some 1,069 people so far, with the epicentre being Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia.