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Ban travel from Ebola stricken countries now says G2K

G2K | 2014-10-16 00:00:00

Generation 2000 (G2K), the young professional affiliate of the Jamaica Labour Party today urged the Government to take immediate steps to bar travelers from the countries of Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone from entering Jamaica until the outbreak of Ebola is brought under control.

The organization call comes against the continued rise in Ebola cases in these countries and the Jamaican Government’s clear inability to provide adequate screening mechanisms at the island ports.

“This is not a matter for us to hide our heads in the sand about and pontificate. We know that the appropriate screening checks are not in place, nor do we have the capacity to put them in place in short order and as such we must act. We cannot  be reactive in this matter’ said Floyd Green, President

G2K’s call comes against the background of similar moves being made by Caribbean neighbors, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and St. Kitts and Nevis.

“There remains still far more questions than answers regarding our readiness to treat with a case of Ebola and the recent fiasco with the Liberian visitor is reason enough for us to take a strong affirmative stance” continued Green.

The organization also called on the government to establish and widely publicize a specific Ebola hotline and to make public the step by step protocol for medical practitioners, especially those in private practice, for treating with suspected cases of Ebola and for persons who may suspect that they have contracted the disease.

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