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South Sudan cabinet bans handshakes amid Ebola fears

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October 16, 2014 (JUBA) – The South Sudanese government has issued a precautionary warning to parliamentarians, advising against shaking hands, saying the decision is part of measures aimed at minimising the threat of contracting Ebola.

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South Sudanese president Salva Kiir (AP)

Information and broadcasting minister Michael Makuei Lueth said the cabinet had resolved that people should not shake hands as part of ramped up efforts being introduced in South Sudan.

The decision was taken at its ordinary meeting chaired by president Salva Kiir on Tuesday.

In a statement broadcast by the state-owned South Sudan Television (SSTV) following the meeting, Lueth also announced additional screening measures for travellers to and from West Africa, where an Ebola epidemic is sweeping several nations

“It is advised people should avoid shaking hands. People should just wave or say hi instead of shaking hands,” the minister said, explaining that it is now time to take appropriate security precautions in line with the gravity of the threat.

“That means doing whatever it takes to keep infected people from coming here,” he said.

Ebola is spread through contact with the bodily fluids of an infected individual, but is only contagious after a patient starts showing symptoms.

The World Health Organisation has estimated that more than 4,400 people have died as a result of the latest outbreak, with Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea among the worst-affected countries.

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  • 17 October 2014 05:28, by Bentiu Sudan

    Kiir,

    You are already an Ebola in South Sudan. There is no more severe Ebola than you are.

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    • 17 October 2014 05:55, by Mi diit

      Ebola Nyankiir Museveni thinks that by avoiding handshakes with people he will solve the problem in South Sudan which kills hundreds of people every week. Well, I know you don’t even have a single medical facility that can take care of your ebola patients. What a shame that South Sudan is in the hands of dogs.

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      • 17 October 2014 06:57, by Lotodo Awino Odug

        I know Nuer will distribute ebola to Dinka houses through sheik Raik Gai.

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      • 17 October 2014 07:12, by George Bol

        Midit,
        Why are you crying while you were the one who encouraged naath to step on President Kiir tail. I have been telling you but you, KIM deng, Wang and bentiu son were prouding.
        You have learned by now.

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  • 17 October 2014 07:10, by George Bol

    Passengers from affected countries (W. African counties must be test with fever) and if the temperature is 99.5 degree-that person must be isolated for confirmation of Ebola. Also, the all routes of land transports must be road block and checked as well. Plus, body contact avoidance make sense as well. Nurses and doctors must be supplied with protective gears., etc

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  • 17 October 2014 16:03, by Hardlinner

    Ss government should ban travel between west africa and south sudan. Our health system is poor and under equip to deal with ebola. Therefore it is more better to prevent ebola by cutting all link to west africa. Any south sudanese in ebola hit areas must not be allow to come back till end of ebola.

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