Visitors coming from Ebola affected countries remain restricted to enter Qatar until health situation improves from such countries, according to a Supreme Council of Health (SCH) senior official.

Sheikh Dr Mohamed bin Hamad Al Thani, Director of the Public Health Department at SCH said that travelers from Qatar to such countries are given adequate instructions on how to stay safe and protected against Ebola virus.

As reported by the Gulf Times, the SCH and Ministry of Interior organised a workshop called ‘Preparation for Epidemics and Health Conditions for Hajj’ which they adopted a strict ‘protective strategy’ prevention against the Ebola outbreak, and coronavirus. The workshop which was attended by around 250 healthcare providers, representatives of entities concerned and large bodies such as Hamad Medical Corporation, the Primary Health Care Corporation, Hamad International Airport (HIA), Qatar Red Crescent, and Qatar’s Hajj Mission.

The workshop also provided lecture about spreading awareness about the communicable disease and different vaccinations introduced for Hajj pilgrims and travelers.

Dr Al Thani emphasised the importance of workshop as to view the Ebola virus as a serious health threat. Everyone is encouraged to cooperate to prevent the risks of having the serious threat.

Dr Mohamed Al Hajri, Director of Health Protection and Communicable Diseases Control in SCH Public Health Department, said that the workshop are subdivided into two: preparation for the Hajj and latest updates on the prevention of communicable diseases. He also stated that SCH has coordinated with various government entities concerned to control the spread of the Ebola virus. There are also various thermal cameras at the HIA to detect potential cases.

Hajj season had already started four months ago, which makes the Hajj medical committee headed by Dr Mishal Al Misfri. The team consists of 25 members, including 11 consultant doctors, nurses, paramedics and medical supplies professionals.

Dr Hamad Eid Al Rumaihi, head of the Communicable Diseases Department, advised to take necessary health requirements and scheduled vaccinations four weeks prior to the pilgrimage.