Ebola outbreak: Govt asked to save 25 Pakistani crew

August 10, 2014 Off By Web Desk

KARACHI: Chairman of Ansar Burney Trust International, Ansar Burney, has expressed deep grief and sorrow over thousands of deaths in the West African countries due to outbreak of deadly virus Ebola.

“A Pakistani bulk carrier ship, MV Malakand, under PNSC flag, is travelling to the Port of Sierra Leon, West Africa, and is anticipated to be anchored in next two or three days,” he said in a statement on Monday.

Burney said that a deadly virus namely Ebola had outbreak in most of the west African countries including Sierra Leon and had claimed about 1,000 lives so far. “Ebola is still incurable to save the lives of the innocent Pakistani crew members of the ship MV Malakand and on their way back it will be not possible to refrain from spreading of such virus in Pakistan.

Burney said that he had serious apprehension and concern about the safety and lives of the 25 innocent crew members of that ship. “The World Health Organization has already declared the health emergency’ in the West African Countries due to outbreak of such deadly virus.”

Burney said in the current scenario and sensing the threat, Ansar Burney Trust’ had requested President Mamnoon Hussain, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Foreign Ministry and Ministry of Ports & Shipping to take immediate steps in this regard so as to stop MV Malakand which was in the open sea and to issue directives to deviate it to any nearest safe port for offloading.

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