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St. Lucians advised against travelling to Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone – CMO

By Ministry of Health

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A Liberian Army soldier, part of the Ebola Task Force, beats a local resident while enforcing a quarantine on the West Point slum. The government ordered a quarantine of the congested seaside. * Getty Images/CNN

STATEMENT – The Ministry of Health notes the restriction placed on travel into St. Lucia by visitors from the 3 West African countries of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, which are currently being severely affected by the ongoing Ebola epidemic.

These three West African countries have been described by the World Health Organization as having “widespread and intense EVD transmission’. In addition, the WHO indicates that the Ebola epidemic is currently worsening in these three countries with projections for rapid increases in the number of persons infected in the coming weeks and months.

As a result of this deteriorating situation in West Africa, we believe that the decision to ban entry of visitors who have a recent history of travel from Guinea, Liberia or Sierra Leone, is in the best interest of a developing country such as St. Lucia, in order to reduce the risk to the public at large and in particular, health care workers.

The Ministry of Health again wishes to advise its citizens against travel to Guinea, Liberia or Sierra Leone at this time.

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24 comments

  1. Take a good look at the Photograph.

    Do you notice the woman is holding her bum while she is running and crying after receiving a hard lash by the Soldier?
    Lmao.

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  2. We r comin to de end of time so anything is possible rightnow.

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  3. There is no direct flight from those infected areas into SLU, how do we trace a passenger from there. Remember Duncan lied on his immigration documents. For those medical students here from these infected areas if they leave then no coming back, stay there.

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  4. THAT PICTURE WITH THAT LITTLE BOY IS VERY SAD. THE POOR CHILD IS VERY SCARED. THIS IS HOW YOU CARRY A BAG OF CHARCOLE.

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  5. Those two photos are rather disturbing.

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  6. I listened to the PM and and i am really wondering whether we are watching Tom and Jerry played out in Kenny and Tony. For one the Government has been boasting its state of readiness in case the virus presents itself here. Listening to the speech it was clear that this is not the case, hence the reason for the travel ban.

    At what point will St. Lucians notice that nothing the PM says is believable? This administration is not only without any plans but they have definitly lost their credibility. It is a case of trying to make what was always wrong look right because is them doing it. Consider the case of trying to make an illegal garantee because proceedure was not followed? The former administration could have done it deliberately to spare the citizens paying for this loan. It could have been that cheap Taiwaneese money could have paid for this expenditure. In fact all the PM has done is to place the multi million dollar bill around the necks of St. Lucians. If the situation was left as is wouldn't the bank be liable for not doing due diligence in ensuring that the Government had in fact guaranteed the loan? Because if the Government had reneged on its decision to pay the Bank would have to foot the bill. What interest does St. Lucia have in a bank considering what goes on in the world's financial capitals? What are the policies implemented against banks in America and Europe in light of the onslaught of the World Financial Crisis. Isn't that the reverse happening in St. Lucia? Choops. Zot obliger copan.

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  7. lol watch how the girl hold her ass and she running lol who cah hear will have to feel and i sure she feel that one if not then i feel it for her lol o boy

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  8. Nigerians can well spread it. So watch out!!!

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  9. Banning people from these affected countries is just one piece of the jig saw to deal with this level 4 bio-harzard.What happens when someone form a EU country comes here or the US and brings it with them.How are we meant to pick that up.In addition to banning folks form these countries we need to have a plan in place to deal with it if and when it gets to our shores.We need to train our nurses,we need to order them protective suits for our health care staff and identify where in the country we can set up a treatment facility seperate from the main hospitals inorder to prevent break down in the health system which is already not in good state.We need to get intouch with our carribbean colleagues and see what they are doing and where there is a good practise copy that and include it in our plan.We need to educate the population about how it spreads and how not to catch it.Just banning people is not enough to deal with this thing.Dealing with EVD needs some serious planning to tackle it effectivley.What plan have we got in place for our schools,so there you have it.Alot more though needs to go into this EVD thing.I also suggest CARICOM,OECS,OAS and all the other little groups around the reigon make a collective plan to deal with it cause it will be expensive from the word go.

    Think again folks ebola is not your common cold.

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  10. If other Caribbean islands don't join St.Lucia in this ban, then it's pointless.
    An affected person can travel to Jamaica or St.Vincent, for instance, and then an affected Jamaican or Vincy can bring it to St.Lucia. So we, on our own, were to quick to ban people from these countries.
    The next time we go around begging for aid, these countries will remember.

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  11. Effective risk aversion technique. But there are still other loopholes which need tightening. What are the steps being taken screening at our airports even for low temperatures, quarantine facilities, sensitization campaigns among various groups/communities (This places tourism and health care sector leaning so precariously), not to mention the economic fallout as fewer persons are willing to travel now :-/, safer health practices... God forbid!, where would any potential cases be cared for? would we use Victoria??? Are health care workers adequately equipped. These are the sort of discussions which should be flooding the news, but then only one or two persons seem to care. BTW I'm guessing the nonchalant are looking forward to the next "fete" :-/

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  12. Now why all the fuss when its already here? 🙁

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  13. What if they are in transit and are exposed to others on a flight? What protocols are in place?

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  14. once you'll go their stay their and never return.

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  15. Those pictures make me sad!

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  16. Ban dem!!!!!

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  17. This is a very good decision. This significantly but not completely reduces the risk of EV infection. We must remain vigilant because of travel to St. Lucia from the USA. People potentially exposed over there, still present a risk to us if they do not follow quarantine protocols such as going to restaurants or boarding flights.

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  18. The situation can get very much worse before it gets better. It was about time.

    In the US, the number of sure cases has risen to two with some 76 potential cases in Texas from the deceased African who carried it into the US. They had better equipment and some experience with the virus. This is how serious it becomes if we allow just one unsuspected or if we badly respond to or handle just one single case.

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  19. I wonder if those folks talking about repartuation still interested.

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  20. Good good. Keep up the awareness.

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