No travel restrictions to St. Lucia – CMO

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No travel restrictions to St. Lucia – CMO
Even after beating the odds, Ebola has the power to impact the remainder of your life.
Even after beating the odds, Ebola has the power to impact the remainder of your life.

There will be no restrictions of trade and travel from Ebola-affected countries, Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Dr. Merlene Fredericks.

This comment comes in light of concerns raised locally about the possible outbreak here in St. Lucia as a tourism destination.

According to Dr. Fredericks, the World Health Organisation (WHO) concluded that the outbreak is of international concern and is a public health threat, but noted there is no restriction on trade or travel.

“As usual we advise persons going to the infection area to take necessary precautions, so that they do not come into direct contact with anyone who is ill or to come in contact with any animal who may be infected. But certainly we will not be restricting anyone from coming in or leaving,” the CMO added.

Dr. Fredericks told St Lucia News Online (SNO) in a recent interview, “What we are going to do and we have been doing in realising the possible threat and putting all of our systems on alert, our health facilities, we have mobilised our regional outbreak investigation team so that persons are aware and ready.”

She added: “If any person comes in with recent travel history to west Africa, and when we say recent, in the last month, and has symptoms of fever, vomiting, body aches or any of the signs, if such a case should occur, then we would take the necessary precautions to ensure that they are proper quarantines and infection control practices etcetera to deal with the issue.”

Recently, a man of Nigerian ancestry, but who resides in the United Kingdom, was flagged a suspected Ebola victim on a British Airways flight that was in transit in Saint Lucia and destined for Trinidad. However, this proved to be a false alarm.

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  1. The Nigerians are coming! Other foreign students will leave Saint Lucia, and avoid Vieux Fort especially by skipping this semester. Where ignorance is bliss, it is folly to be wise. Someone has by been saying that this country is ran over with complete idiots. There seems to be a very strong vein of truth in that.

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  2. It doesn't take much thought to come to the conclusion that not placing the restrictions is a bad idea. What the hell is going on here and are they serious?

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  3. Raffish, if you really want to be enlightened on the state of affairs of our health facilities in St. Lucia, I suggest that you visit each facility, the next time you come to St. Lucia. Make sure you start with the Vieux Fort hospital as you so named it.

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  4. Hey ppl, we need to do more than just taking to computers and other techno gadgets to voice our concern. We need to come out into the streets and demonstrate to show the authorities that we are not happy with such decisions that could affect the lives of many St. Lucians in a short space of time.

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  5. Wow!!! we go to church and hear about the plagues but its surprising to see it fulfill right before my eyes… People we need to get ready, God is almost here… Repent repent repent and be baptized… Revelation 16:1-21: Verse 1. And I heard a great voice out of the temple saying to the seven angels, Go your ways, and pour out the vials of the wrath of God upon the earth. 2. And the first went, and poured out his vial upon the earth; and there fell a noisome and grievous sore upon the men which had the mark of the beast, and upon them which worshipped his image. (This seems like EBOLA to me) Read the rest of the chapter to understand ppl

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  6. Wow!!! we go to church and hear about the plagues but its surprising to see it fulfill right before my eyes… People we need to get ready, God is almost here… Repent repent repent and be baptized… Revelation 16:1-21: Verse 1. And I heard a great voice out of the temple saying to the seven angels, Go your ways, and pour out the vials of the wrath of God upon the earth. 2. And the first went, and poured out his vial upon the earth; and there fell a noisome and grievous sore upon the men which had the mark of the beast, and upon them which worshipped his image. (This seems like EBOLA to me)
    Read the rest of the chapter to understand ppl

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  7. Wow!!! we go to church and hear about the plagues but its surprising to see it fulfill right before my eyes...

    People we need to get ready, God is almost here...

    Repent repent repent and be baptized...

    Revelation 16:1-21:

    Verse 1. And I heard a great voice out of the temple saying to the seven angels, Go your ways, and pour out the vials of the wrath of God upon the earth.

    2. And the first went, and poured out his vial upon the earth; and there fell a noisome and grievous sore upon the men which had the mark of the beast, and upon them which worshipped his image.

    3. And the second angel poured out his vial upon the sea; and it became as the blood of a dead man: and every living soul died in the sea.

    4. And the third angel poured out his vial upon the rivers and fountains of waters: and they became blood.

    5. And I heard the angel of the waters say, Thou art righteous, O Lord, which art, and wast, and shalt be, because thou hast judged thus.

    6. For they have shed the blood of saints and prophets, and thou hast given them blood to drink; for they are worthy.

    7. And I heard another out of the altar say, Even so, Lord God Almighty, true and righteous are thy judgments.

    8. And the fourth angel poured out his vial upon the sun; and power was given unto him to scorch men with fire.

    9. And men were scorched with great heat, and blasphemed the name of God, which hath power over these plagues: and they repented not to give him glory.

    10. And the fifth angel poured out his vial upon the seat of the beast; and his kingdom was full of darkness; and they gnawed their tongues for pain,

    11. And blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, and repented not of their deeds.

    12. And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates; and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared.

    13. And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet.

    14. For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.

    15. Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame.

    16. And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon.

    17. And the seventh angel poured out his vial into the air; and there came a great voice out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, It is done.

    18. And there were voices, and thunders, and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great.

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    • Wow!!! we go to church and hear about the plagues but its surprising to see it fulfill right before my eyes…
      People we need to get ready, God is almost here…
      Repent repent repent and be baptized…
      Revelation 16:1-21:
      Verse 1. And I heard a great voice out of the temple saying to the seven angels, Go your ways, and pour out the vials of the wrath of God upon the earth.
      2. And the first went, and poured out his vial upon the earth; and there fell a noisome and grievous sore upon the men which had the mark of the beast, and upon them which worshipped his image. (This seems like EBOLA to me)
      3. And the second angel poured out his vial upon the sea; and it became as the blood of a dead man: and every living soul died in the sea. 4. And the third angel poured out his vial upon the rivers and fountains of waters: and they became blood.8. And the fourth angel poured out his vial upon the sun; and power was given unto him to scorch men with fire. 10. And the fifth angel poured out his vial upon the seat of the beast; and his kingdom was full of darkness; and they gnawed their tongues for pain, 12. And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates; and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared. 17. And the seventh angel poured out his vial into the air; and there came a great voice out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, It is done.

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  8. I find it rather annoying that one may allow free movement from and to the island with this death threat (ebola virus), I believe that the CMO needs to rethink this. Put the health of the citizens FIRST. Why is it always the ones who do not have anything to be looking for ways to spend money. The public hospitals do not have supplies or equipment to facilitate this. I believe that we as a nation should demand a review of this, it is not all that is proposed that we should accept. As far as I am concerned, if all citizens come together then we could demand that such be changed. Put RESTRICTIONS on persons coming in and out of the country, both via air and sea. To make matters worse some of them always want to travel with their pets. The only hospital in the south never have this and that and you gonna welcome all. BULLSHIT!

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  9. smfh that is bare scrap
    this s... travels so quick
    and I'm hearing no restrictions
    these people jus like damm money
    I hope they the first one to get it n so on....

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  10. This is why I am sometimes embarrassed to be A St. Lucian.
    Its like, we behave like we have no responsibility and authourity on anything that affects our sovereignty even if it kills us.

    And it is sad that persons we elect to use their intelligence and show the world that we as a people stand for something, are retarded in their positions.

    I so wish that if there is an outbreak in this island (and God forbid) that they would be the first to contract it.
    Then, they would seen how negligent and irresponsible they've been to us as a people.

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  11. What are these measures you have in place Madame CMO? Which hospital is the designated isolation location? Are incoming passengers being observed on a daily basis for signs of illness, as other countries are already doing? Is special attention being paid when immigration officers encounter passengers who have recently traveled to, our been in contact with, persons who have recently been to countries on the alert list?

    What should citizens do of they observe family members or anyone displaying signs or symptoms? Should they bring them to the hospital, call 911, what in the blazes should they do? When are you all buffoons going to begin educating people on this critical outbreak? Should St. Lucians believe you again like when you had your nonchalant attitude about Chikungunya?

    You should be fired for your statements as you have further eroded any confidence the people of St. Lucia may have had left for the health authorities in St. Lucia. You have failed to assure the people that you are capable in any way to handle the health concerns of the country. Your statement is nothing short of wishful thinking and wishing upon a star. It is nothing short of gross negligence and displays a total inability to mobilize and recruit the very people who would be your eyes and ears, and who would be the ones most at risk in the front lines, as they have been with Chikungunya.

    God bless St. Lucia.

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  12. How can you be prepared for Ebola when you shut down the clinics that were open past midnight because of too many cases of chicungonya

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  13. That is very stupid.. All big Countries such as USA, Canada ,Florida etc. put restrictions but SLC. That's very inconsiderate of Gov't...SLC can't afford to help its own Citizens...If one effected person gets to St. Lucia do you believe Tourism will still be there? In Conclusion, I believe that St. Lucians should protest towards that argument. You'll got the say.. come together and kick that man out.. Think about your people lives before thinking about Tourism (money).... Selfish Gov't......

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  14. The age of pandemic ruptre is fuelled by our refusal to depress the Pause button on our rat race volition.

    The coffers must churn

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  15. the air you breathe aboard airlines is RECIRCULATED air only special craft like space craft use micro bacterial scrubbers and you know virus laugh at all anti bacterial agents

    come to think of it you need space suit like hazmat suit with independent o2 supply to come close to that stuff

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  16. Think whatever happened to the folks on Easter Island with their giant statues left to reveal their mysterious vanishing act

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