Despite statements by the Jordanian Health Ministry that the country was free of any epidemic of cholera, stringent health restrictions on travellers to Jordan and an inoculation drive have been instituted.
Despite statements by the Jordanian Health Ministry that the country was free of any epidemic of cholera, stringent health restrictions on travellers to Jordan and an inoculation drive have been instituted. Vaccine is being produced in large quantities by the Health Ministry's laboratories as reports of cholera outbreaks in the nearby countries escalate.
From last Sunday (August 16) All travellers to Jordan have ben required to valid anti-cholera vaccination certificates. If they cannot do so they are inoculated on arrival.
The statement by the Jordanian Ministry of the Health said the measures were prompted by outbreaks of cholera and similar diseases in some European, Asian and Middle Eastern countries.
The statement urged citizens to protect themselves by inoculation, but added that the country was free of any epidemic disease.
The Jordanian Under-Security for Health went to the Lebanon at the close of last week for a n emergency meeting of the representatives of Syria, Jordan and Lebanon to discuss the adoption of anti-cholera measures.
Since then reports say that four people have died from the diseases in a village near Beirut while seven cases of cholera have been reported in the same village.
Jordan has not announced any cases of the disease officially so far, but the drive to inoculate as many people as quickly as possible is a top priority.
Meanwhile, compulsory inoculation has been ordered in Libya following the discovery of several cholera victims. The disease, it was reported, was under control.