By Fareeza Haniff
[www.inewsguyana.com] – Minister of Health, Dr Bheri Ramsaran has made it clear that Guyana does not intend to ban nationals from Africa coming into the country, despite the Ebola epidemic.
During a telephone interview with iNews today, Wednesday, October 15, Dr. Ramsaran assured that there is strong screening of persons coming into the country at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport and at other port of entries.
He told iNews that thus far there are no suspected Ebola cases in Guyana and that at least one person was turned back to Suriname at the Moleson Creek border.
According to the Health Minister, there is a joint multi ministry effort to ensure that the deadly virus does not make its way to Guyana, given the fact that his ministry does not have the ability to test or treat the virus.
This includes screening tents which will be established at the CJIA and according to Dr Ramsaran, he is investigating reports that there is no monitoring of the virus at the Ogle International Airport.
He explained that an area at the Georgetown Public Hospital is being set up to quarantine persons if there are any suspected cases, while over 100 doctors and nurses have already been trained on how to handle the virus.
The Health Ministry is also looking at a specific building at the West Demerara Regional Hospital to quarantine suspected cases.
St Vincent and the Grenadines has placed a ban on nationals from Nigeria, Sierra Leone, and Guinea entering the island, as Caribbean countries continue to put in place measures to deal with a possible outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in the region.
Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves said that the measure was taken given the lack of infrastructure on the island to deal with the Ebola virus for which there is no known cure.
Nigeria, Sierra Leone, and Guinea are the three West African countries most affected by the Ebola virus.
The World Health Organization (WHO) says 4,447 people have died from the outbreak, mainly in West Africa.