Sri Lanka rejects H1N1 travel alert issued by Qatar

Sri Lanka has rejected a travel alert issued by Qatar warning its nationals not to travel to Sri Lanka owing to the spread of H1N1.

The Ministry of Health informed the Foreign Ministry that the World Health Organisation has not called for travel restrictions being imposed owing to H1N1.

Health Minister, Dr. Rajitha Senaratne said that there has been a decrease in the number of people affected by H1N1.

In a letter to the Foreign Ministry, Dr. Rajitha Senaratne also noted that Sri Lanka is capable of detecting the spread of any disease and taking measures to address the issue.

The Qatar Foreign Ministry had earlier urged nationals not to travel to Sri Lanka due to health concerns. They have put out a travel warning on their official Twitter page urging people not to visit the island country as H1N1 is reportedly spreading throughout the Central province, which includes Kandy, a favourite tourist spot.

The Qatar Foreign Ministry in their tweet said that the Sri Lankan official authorities have confirmed the spread of swine flu (H1N1) in Sri Lanka. Many people are infected with the disease and also many deaths are reported due to the flu.

The ministry urged nationals not to travel to Sri Lanka except in cases of extreme necessity until health conditions improve.(Colombo Gazette)