Transport Minister bans sea travel


OCTOBER 31, 2014 By Josephine A. Seppeh

Minister of Transport and Aviation has said in Freetown that government has banned all sea travel to the capital city Freetown and other parts of the country, insisting that it is one strategy introduced by the government to stem the spike in new Ebola infections in the country.

Leonard Balogun Koroma, speaking during the weekly press briefing at the Ministry of Information and Communications yesterday, said that the decision was taken in order to prevent Ebola patients from using sea routes to travel into or out of the Freetown.

He said his ministry has put measures in place to limit the movement of people, which strategy he said would not infringe the rights of people but help in combating the disease.

“My ministry has made sure that boats and ‘pampas’ are temporarily banned from moving because they were also transporting Ebola victims to different villages around the country,” he claimed.
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Mr. Koroma further said that the movement of non-passengers has been restricted in and out of the Lungi international airport to ensure passenger safety.

“The fight against Ebola is a herculean task and therefore requires everybody to participate in it. Everybody must be equal to the task by adhering to the advice of the Ministry of Health and Sanitation,” he added.