Museveni Summons Saudi Envoy Over Uganda Pilgrims Ban


cure geneva;”>The President was Thursday evening meeting the Saudi Arabia Ambassador to Uganda, thumb Dr. Jamal Abdulaziz Raffa at State House, Entebbe.

He said Uganda is officially declared free of Ebola as there are no more new cases of the strain that have been reported for over one month.

The Ministry of Health on Thursday officially declared an end of the Ebola outbreak following the completion of 42 days of the post Ebola Surveillance countdown period which is a prerequisite of the World Health Organization requiring any affected country to monitor the Ebola situation.

Announcing the declaration from Kagadi Hospital were the epidemic was first reported, the State Minister for Health in Charge of Primary Health Care Hon. Sarah Opendi Acheng appealed to all countries with travel bans on Uganda to left them to enable free movement of people.

Some two million pilgrims from around the world perform the annual pilgrimage to the two holy cities of Mecca Islam’s birthplace and Medina.

Over 150 Uganda Muslims could miss taking part in the pilgrimage following Saudi Arabian authorities’ refusal to issue visas on the basis that the country is not yet Ebola free.

Ambassador Jamal Abdulaziz Raffa assured the President that he would speak to the Saudi Government authorities about the request of the Government of Uganda seeking clearance for Ugandan Muslim pilgrims to travel to Saudi Arabia for the pilgrimage.


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