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3,000 Nepalis in Ebola zone


KATHMANDU- An estimated 3,000 Nepalis are working in four countries confronting Ebola Virus Disease, stakeholders have said.

The number of deaths from the Ebola outbreak in West Africa has climbed to 1,229, the World Health Organization said on Tuesday. Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone are hit by the deadly virus.

Statistics from the Department of Foreign Employment show some 200 people went to West African countries in the past year. Eighty Nepalis got permits to work in Liberia, around 35 in Guinea and 100 in Nigeria.

There has been a steady rise in the number of Nepalis going to Republic of Congo after the Nepali government opened the country as a job destination last year. The department has issued 500 work permits for Congo, where the disease first appeared in 2012.

Recruiting agencies and government stakeholders said the exact number of Nepalis working in West Africa is hard to ascertain as a majority of them travel via informal channels.

As many as 25,000 Nepalis are believed to be working in Africa. Half the 3,000 workforce in the epidemic-hit West African countries is in Nigeria alone. Scores of Nepali girls go to Nigeria to work in dance bars, recruiting agencies say.

Non-resident Nepalis in Africa say there could be some 200 compatriots in Guinea and 1,000 in Kenya. Doctors in Nepal say even those working in Congo and Kenya might be at risk of Ebola infection as these countries host the major route to connect with the rest of Africa.

Dr Baburam Marasini, director of the Epidemiology and Disease Control Division, said they have asked the government to create awareness of the disease among Nepali officials in missions in Cairo and South Africa.

“People returning from these countries are advised to remain in isolation at home for three weeks,” said Dr Marasini.

The government last week asked Nepalis not to travel to the affected countries. Deepak Dhital, joint-secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said authorities have been directed not to issue travel permits to the countries affected and others threatened by the disease.

Army isolates two Liberia returnees

The Nepal Army has begun isolating its personnel returning from Liberia. Two of its officials arriving from the Ebola-affected country were sent to an isolation unit in Nagarkot for a three-week observation. There are 15 NA personnel and five military observers and staffs under the United Nations Mission in Liberia. Army spokesman Jagdish Chandra Pokhrel said none of their officials has contracted Ebola. “Everyone returning from the Ebola zone will be isolated for three weeks and their health observed,” said Pokhrel. “Even if the Tribhuvan International Airport health desk certifies that they are fine, we will send them to our isolation unit.” All the Nepali personnel in the West African country are reportedly safe.

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