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Sick visitor triggers Ebola response protocol in Bahamas

October 31, 2014
Sick visitor triggers Ebola response protocol in Bahamas NASSAU, Bahamas -- A woman traveling to The Bahamas from the United States on Wednesday triggered the national preparedness protocol for Ebola after she displayed symptoms of vomiting and diarrhea while on an aircraft, according to a statement from the ministry of health.

CARICOM Ebola meeting postponed

October 30, 2014
CARICOM Ebola meeting postponed PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- A meeting of Caribbean Community (CARICOM) heads of government to discuss the region’s approach to tackling the Ebola virus has been postponed. This was revealed by Trinidad and Tobago’s Prime Minister Kamla Persad Bisessar during a news conference.

Cuban Ebola experts to train health care workers in Jamaica

October 30, 2014
Cuban Ebola experts to train health care workers in Jamaica KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- Two experts are to arrive in Jamaica from Cuba next week, to assist with the training of health care workers and other designated Ebola frontline responders. This will form part of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to formalize Cuba’s commitment to provide...

LIAT partners with OECS member states in campaign against Ebola threat

October 30, 2014
LIAT partners with OECS member states in campaign against Ebola threat CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Regional air carrier LIAT has boosted the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Commission’s campaign to reduce the threat and minimize the impact of Ebola on member states and the wider region. The Caribbean airline offered complimentary seats to...

Barbados to regulate e-cigarette use

October 30, 2014
Barbados to regulate e-cigarette use BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- The ministry of health in Barbados is currently reviewing draft legislation aimed at regulating e-cigarette use. The amendment to the health services legislation should be ready for consideration by next year. This disclosure was made by Health Minister John Boyce.

Health concerns at St Kitts high school not political, says former opposition party leader

October 29, 2014
Health concerns at St Kitts high school not political, says former opposition party leader BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- Former opposition Peoples Action Movement (PAM) leader Lindsay Grant says the environmental health problems at the Basseterre High School in St Kitts are a concern for parents like himself. He was responding to suggestions that some people are politicizing the issue.

Sick tourist sparks Ebola scare in the Cayman Islands

October 29, 2014
Sick tourist sparks Ebola scare in the Cayman Islands GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands -- A female visitor to the Cayman Islands taken to the Government Hospital on Monday morning does not meet the criteria for the Ebola virus, according to statement from the Premier’s Office. Emergency Medical Services were called to a house in Grand Cayman early on Monday.

OECS considers Ebola 'SWAT' team

October 29, 2014
OECS considers Ebola 'SWAT' team CASTRIES, St Lucia -- A "SWAT" (special weapons and tactics) team is being considered in order to respond swiftly to any suspected case of Ebola in the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) region should the need arise. This was one of the proactive approaches outlined by...

Commentary: Is Cuba caring too much?

October 29, 2014
Commentary: Is Cuba caring too much? While Ebola is threatening some economic giants away from the African continent, brigades of Cuban doctors have boldly marched to the frontline. Already 165 health professionals (63 nurses and 102 doctors) have been deployed in Sierra Leone to help fight the virulent epidemic.

Letter: Ebola threat must engage parliament's attention

October 29, 2014
Letter: Ebola threat must engage parliament's attention I note that the Honorable Minister of Health, as reported in today's press, has declared that there is no need for the Parliament to discuss our nation's Ebola preparations. By such utterances, the Honorable Minister continues to demonstrate a fundamental lack of understanding of the role of Parliament.

Barbados Ebola preparedness elevated to highest level

October 27, 2014
Barbados Ebola preparedness elevated to highest level BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- Barbados’ Ebola preparedness efforts have now been elevated to the highest level of government under the National Security Council chaired by Prime Minister Freundel Stuart. Health Minister John Boyce made the disclosure in an address to the nation on Thursday.

Industry leaders meet to discuss Ebola vaccine trials

October 27, 2014
Industry leaders meet to discuss Ebola vaccine trials GENEVA, Switzerland -- The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) has convened a meeting with top government officials from Ebola-affected countries, regulatory agencies, vaccine manufacturers and funding agencies to discuss and agree how best to best fast-track testing.

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...

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