Nepal Army (NA) said Monday that contrary to reports in some news outlets, the Ebola virus has not infected any of its personnel who returned recently from their peace-keeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
Issuing a statement Monday, NA refuted reports about the virus being found in NA personnel and urged journalists to first verify their news and not run around after rumours before publishing their stories.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has classified several African nations, including Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea and Nigeria, as Ebola affected countries.
Nepal Army personnel are deployed in Liberia for peace keeping task.
Army personnel on their return from Ebola-affected countries are kept in isolation for a three-week period after primary health check-ups as per the criteria laid down by WHO and the government, the army said.
One army personnel who returned after completion of his peace-keeping term in Liberia is currently under ‘Incubation’, according to the Army.
Army personnel returning from African nations — DRC, Ivory Coast, Mali, Sudan and South Sudan — after completion of their mission tenure go back to their regular duties only after they receive an Ebola clean-chit.
According to NA, the Ebola virus has not infected any personnel so far and it says the army is working cautiously according to the government’s work-plan to check the spread of Ebola.