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Workshops to strengthen Caribbean's ability to respond to Ebola

October 25, 2014
Workshops to strengthen Caribbean's ability to respond to Ebola PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad -- The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) will host workshops geared at strengthening the Caribbean’s ability to prepare and respond to outbreak situations such as the ongoing Ebola outbreak in West Africa. From November 17 – 21, CARPHA, in collaboration with...

New Ebola travel bans by Suriname and Dominican Republic

October 23, 2014
New Ebola travel bans by Suriname and Dominican Republic PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- Suriname and the Dominican Republic became the latest countries in the region that will no longer allow entry to foreign travellers if they have previously been to Ebola-hit West African countries. According to a protocol issued by the Suriname health ministry, travellers other than...

ALBA summit on Ebola was a success, say leaders

October 22, 2014
ALBA summit on Ebola was a success, say leaders HAVANA, Cuba -- Presidents Evo Morales of Bolivia and Nicolas Maduro of Venezuela agreed on the success of a recent summit of the countries within the regional bloc known as Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of the Americas-Commercial Treaty of the Peoples (ALBA-TCP)...

Trinidad government appoints Ebola prevention response team

October 22, 2014
Trinidad government appoints Ebola prevention response team PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- A national Ebola prevention, information and response team has been appointed in Trinidad and Tobago following approval by the Cabinet last Thursday, according to a statement from the ministry of trade, industry, investment and communication.

Caribbean ministers give medical laboratories an urgent assignment

October 22, 2014
Caribbean ministers give medical laboratories an urgent assignment WASHINGTON, USA -- The 19th Special Council for Human and Social Development (COHSOD) held in Washington DC, 27-28 September, has endorsed an initiative that the Caribbean Med Labs Foundation (CMLF) is facilitating under its CARICOM-PANCAP Global Fund Programme.

As Ebola response accelerates, arrival of trial vaccines expected

October 22, 2014
As Ebola response accelerates, arrival of trial vaccines expected GENEVA, Switzerland -- Amid positive developments in the global fight against Ebola, including a growing response to the secretary-general’s appeals for the more funding to tackle the outbreak, the United Nations health agency on Tuesday announced the expected delivery of Ebola candidate vaccines.

Caribbean travel bans unfair, says Sierra Leone national

October 21, 2014
Caribbean travel bans unfair, says Sierra Leone national BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- A national of Sierra Leone residing in Britain has criticized the travel ban imposed by St Kitts and Nevis and a number of other Caribbean Community (CARICOM) member states. Communications consultant Desmond Gordon told WINN FM that the ban is unfair.

Trinidad refuses entry to Nigerian woman

October 21, 2014
Trinidad refuses entry to Nigerian woman PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- In what can be described as the first person to be banned from Trinidad and Tobago following new rules implemented last week as the country responds to the current Ebola threat, a Nigerian woman was turned away when she landed at Piarco International Airport on Friday.

OECS to take harmonised approach to managing chikungunya and Ebola

October 21, 2014
OECS to take harmonised approach to managing chikungunya and Ebola KINGSTOWN, St Vincent -- The first Council of Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) health ministers meeting held on last Thursday in Kingstown, St Vincent and the Grenadines, identified chikungunya and Ebola as the most urgent public health priorities facing the region at this time.

Commentary: High on Ebola, low on chikungunya

October 21, 2014
Commentary: High on Ebola, low on chikungunya Since the recent outbreak of chikungunya in the Caribbean, four individuals with close connections who arrived back to into the US from the Caribbean region were hospitalized immediately and diagnosed with the virus. In addition, a few medical center employees communicated that they have seen...

Belize refuses entry to Ebola-exposed worker on cruise ship

October 20, 2014
Belize refuses entry to Ebola-exposed worker on cruise ship BELMOPAN, Belize -- On Thursday, the prime minister of Belize, Dean Barrow, rejected a request from the US Secretary of State, John Kerry, to use Belizean territory to transport a self-quarantined Ebola-exposed lab worker on a cruise ship off the shore of Belize City. Barrow had already been in negotiations...

Bahamas on 'high alert' as Ebola fears rise

October 20, 2014
Bahamas on 'high alert' as Ebola fears rise NASSAU, Bahamas -- The Bahamas is on “high alert” due to the Ebola crisis that has prompted several Caribbean nations to implement bans on travel from West Africa, minister of foreign affairs and immigration Fred Mitchell said. In recent days, Jamaica, Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago and St Lucia...

UN troop rotation to Haiti from Africa suspended to keep Ebola away

October 20, 2014
UN troop rotation to Haiti from Africa suspended to keep Ebola away PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (HCNN) -- Haitian officials said on Thursday that the United Nations stabilization mission to Haiti has suspended all troops rotation from Africa, in a move to prevent an outbreak of the Ebola epidemic in the Caribbean country where authorities announced increased border control.

No Ebola travel ban for Barbados; Antigua-Barbuda imposes restrictions

October 20, 2014
No Ebola travel ban for Barbados; Antigua-Barbuda imposes restrictions BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- Barbados has not banned travel to or from West Africa but the ministry of health has recommended that residents defer travel to the region unless absolutely essential until the current Ebola outbreak is brought under control. Travellers from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone...

Grenada claims decline in chikungunya cases

October 18, 2014
Grenada claims decline in chikungunya cases ST GEORGE’S, Grenada -- At a time when other Caribbean countries are reporting increases, according to a statement this week by the ministry of health, the number of chikungunya cases in Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique has declined. However, this assertion has been disputed by...

Guyana imposes travel restrictions for West Africans

October 18, 2014
Guyana imposes travel restrictions for West Africans GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- All persons travelling to Guyana from West African countries affected by the Ebola virus disease have been barred from Guyana until further notice. This was announced by Head of the Presidential Secretariat, Dr Roger Luncheon at his post-Cabinet media briefing.

Commentary: Ebola travel ban feels wrong but maybe necessary

October 18, 2014
Commentary: Ebola travel ban feels wrong but maybe necessary In our attempt to limit the impact of the impending Ebola virus on our fragile Jamaican healthcare system and more importantly the people, we have finally come to decision to follow Colombia and St Lucia with a ban on foreign travellers who have been to Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia in the last 28 days.

Letter: Ebola threat must engage parliament's attention

October 18, 2014
Letter: Ebola threat must engage parliament's attention Ebola is a clear and present danger to Trinidad and Tobago and the epidemic is a threat to the security and well-being of our nation. The WHO has indicated that the epidemic is expanding exponentially and that the crisis is outpacing the responses thus far. A threat of this magnitude necessitates...

Suriname launches state of the art hospital with Islamic bank support

October 17, 2014
Suriname launches state of the art hospital with Islamic bank support PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- On Monday, Suriname’s President Desi Bouterse and the CEO of the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB), Mohammed Ahmed Ali Al Madani, officially launched the construction of the Academic Medical Hospital of Suriname (AMC-SU), which will provide the highest quality care...

Cuba to host ALBA summit on Ebola

October 17, 2014
Cuba to host ALBA summit on Ebola HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- Heads of state and government and other representatives of the countries that make up the regional integration bloc Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our Americas-Treaty of Commerce for the Peoples (ALBA-TCP), will meet in Havana on October 20 to address the prevention...

Chikungunya cases continue to rise in Barbados, Cayman now reports 25

October 17, 2014
Chikungunya cases continue to rise in Barbados, Cayman now reports 25 BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- Health Minister John Boyce has revealed that the number of confirmed chikungunya cases in Barbados now stood at 49, with another 200 suspected cases on record. Meanwhile, in the Cayman Islands the total number of confirmed chikungunya cases reached 25 this week.

Cuba claims to have developed dengue fever vaccine

October 17, 2014
Cuba claims to have developed dengue fever vaccine HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- Experts with the Havana-based Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology Center have claimed progress in a project to develop a vaccine to fight the four existing types of dengue fever. Researcher Luis Javier Gonzalez told participants at a Forum on Microbiology Techniques in Havana...

Letter: Grenadians slam government response to the chikungunya virus outbreak

October 17, 2014
Letter: Grenadians slam government response to the chikungunya virus outbreak Grenada’s minister of health, Clarice Corwin Modeste, and her government are facing criticism from the Grenadian public for her mismanagement of the spread of the chikungunya infection. Hundreds of citizens are displaying full blown illnesses, and have chided the Keith Mitchell NNP...

St Lucia imposes travel restriction for Ebola countries; Grenada calls for OECS action

October 16, 2014
St Lucia imposes travel restriction for Ebola countries; Grenada calls for OECS action CASTRIES, St Lucia -- The government of Saint Lucia has imposed with immediate effect a prohibition on persons from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone who wish to travel to the island. All visitors from the three countries will be denied entry into Saint Lucia until further notice.

Jamaican national security minister calls for militant regional response to Ebola threat

October 15, 2014
Jamaican national security minister calls for militant regional response to Ebola threat KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- With countries of the Caribbean region and Latin America at risk of a potential outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus, Jamaica’s minister of national security, Peter Bunting, has called on countries to take steps to protect their borders, and to treat it as a national security threat.

Guyana launches mass preparation approach to tackle Ebola

October 14, 2014
Guyana launches mass preparation approach to tackle Ebola GEORGETOWN, Guyana (GINA) -- Guyana has a mass preparedness campaign on-stream as the Ebola virus continues to cause worldwide uproar. This is according to Dr Johanna Cole, Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation’s (GPHC) internal medicine-infectious diseases consultant.

OECS health ministers to meet for talks on Ebola

October 14, 2014
OECS health ministers to meet for talks on Ebola KINGSTOWN, St Vincent -- Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) health ministers will meet in St Vincent and the Grenadines on Wednesday to develop a comprehensive strategy to help mitigate emerging viral diseases, particularly, chickungunya and Ebola.

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