Siera Leone and Guinea have millions of Muslims in their population and these nations are at the center of the Ebola outbreak.
With the Hajj coming up where tens of thousands of Muslims are in very close physical contact for days, are the authorities taking adequate precautions? If not this could be a huge disaster.
During the Haj season, the Saudi government mobilizes all resources to look after around 3 million pilgrims. Preparations start very early long before the Haj season. It starts with visa issuance and the arrival of pilgrims via land, air and sea. They are taken care of from the time of their arrival till their departure…
Although GCC countries have pledged to take a unified stance to combat the deadly Ebola virus by training health officials and making use of regional facilities to diagnose and treat such diseases, it is also important for the Kingdom to make sure that Hajis do not come from Ebola-stricken countries.
It looks like their primary response is to try and keep out all people from Ebola stricken countries. But there are problems with that in that often the pilgrims will come with relatives from other countries, and if a Haji who doesn’t know he has Ebola has been planning on this trip and already paid for his air plane tickets, etc, he might evade the authorities attempts to keep him out. Also the description of how the disease spreads given by the authorities does not reflect the new information that materials can hold the Ebola virus, like the insides of taxi cabs.
I will pray for God to protect the Muslims in their Hajj this year from Ebola.
They will need our prayers.