AUSTIN, Texas — Best Buy and Kmart are cancelling medical trips to countries in the Middle East.
Kmart announced Monday it will no longer offer medical treatment at its retail stores, including its stores in Jordan, Turkey, and Saudi Arabia.
The decision comes after U.S. lawmakers called for an investigation into whether the company and its contractors in Saudi Arabia have engaged in a systematic effort to promote the spread of Ebola and other diseases, according to a statement from Kmart.
Home Depot, which operates its stores and online store, announced on Sunday it will also stop offering medical treatment to travelers in Jordan.
“In light of these recent events, we believe it is appropriate to inform you that we will no more offer medical services to travelers traveling to Jordan,” Home Depot said in a statement.
“We are working closely with the government of Jordan to ensure that travelers traveling from those countries are treated in a safe and dignified manner.
We will continue to monitor developments and will share information as necessary.”
Health officials have raised concerns about the lack of oversight in the country after a number of cases have been reported, with one death.
The United Arab Emirates, a U.A.E. country that is also home to thousands of Ebola patients, is considering banning all flights from the region.
Kendall Jenner, who travels from Dallas, Texas, to the U.K. every year, said the company’s decision was “disappointing” and said the lack.
She said her trip to the Middle Eastern country in November, when she went to the University of Sheffield in England for a summer job as a data scientist, would have been much more difficult had she been allowed to purchase a ticket.
“This is a really hard trip, but we’re trying to be patient,” she said.
“I know the government has taken a step back and they need to do more.”
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