SA remains Ebola free

Minister Jeff Radebe is confident health officials at all ports of entry into SA are trained & on high alert.

FILE: A Sierra Leone health worker takes the temperature of a man at a checkpoint in Port Loko district one of the hardest hit areas due to the Ebola virus on 25 October 2014. Picture: EPA.

CAPE TOWN - Health officials at South Africa's ports of entry remain on high alert and on the lookout for Ebola.

Minister in the Presidency, Jeff Radebe, emphasised the country is ready to deal with any cases of the deadly virus, should it emerge.

An outbreak of the Ebola virus has ravaged three countries in West Africa.

Radebe says 525 health and laboratory workers at 13 hospitals remain on high alert, ready to deal with any potential Ebola outbreak.

"Approximately 270 officials at nine high risk ports of entry were trained to deal with any eventuality."

Radebe has reiterated there have been no Ebola cases reported in South Africa.

Meanwhile, Japan is to provide up to $100 million in aid to Ebola-hit West Africa, after the United States called for further global efforts to combat the hemorrhagic virus.

The United Nations says the outbreak, which is known to have killed almost 5,000 people, mainly in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, is a threat to world peace and security.