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Ebola ban

Three countries restrict entry for nationals from affected countries

KINGSTOWN – St Lucia, Grenada and St Vincent and the Grenadines have placed a ban on nationals from Nigeria, Sierra Leone, and Guinea, as Caribbean countries continue to put in place measures to deal with a possible outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in the region

Nigeria, Sierra Leone, and Guinea are the three West African countries most affected by the Ebola virus.

Prime Minister  Dr Kenny Anthony

Prime Minister
Dr Kenny Anthony

A statement issued by the Kenny Anthony administration said that given the extent of the outbreak of the Ebola virus in those West African countries, the Prime Minister has advised the Commissioner of Police, Vernon Francois, to implement with “immediate effect, a prohibition on persons from these countries who wish to travel to St Lucia”.

“All visitors from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone will be denied entry into St Lucia until further notice,” the statement said, adding despite the fact that the President of Nigeria has declared that Nigeria is Ebola free, visitors from that country will be required to present a recent medical certificate which clears them of the virus, in addition to having a visa to be allowed entry into St Lucia.

Prime Minister Anthony said that St Lucia would continue to monitor the outbreak and has allocated resources to prepare for any possible threat.

For his part, the Vincentian Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves said his government took the decision given the lack of infrastructure on the island to deal with the Ebola virus for which there is no known cure.

Prime Minister  Dr Ralph Gonsalves

Prime Minister
Dr Ralph Gonsalves

“Because we didn’t consider that we had the infrastructure, necessarily, to deal with an onrush of people if they were to come from any of those West African countries, which we have named specifically,” Gonsalves said.

Prime Minister Gonsalves said that the head of the Trinidad-based Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), Dr James Hospedales, will address his cabinet on the Chikungunya and Ebola viruses today.

Health ministers from the sub-regional Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) are meeting here over the next two days to discuss strategies to deal with the viruses.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Gonsalves said he would be leading a three-member delegation to the Bolivarian Alliance for the Americas (ALBA) summit to be held in Cuba on Monday, where the Ebola virus, which has claimed over 4,500 lives in West Africa will be discussed.

“What they want to do is to have us share our experiences and to have us have a discussion on the issues professionally – the professionals will advise and we’ll take some decisions as heads in ALBA as to how we can address this issue nationally, regionally and globally, because it is a national problem, it’s a regional problem, it’s a global problem,” he said.

In Grenada, the Keith Mitchell administration has temporarily suspended with immediate effect the issuance of travel visas from Sierra Leon, Guinea and Liberia.

The Government has also urged residents to desist from all non-essential travel to the above-mentioned countries.

37 Responses to Ebola ban

  1. Tim Troulan
    Tim Troulan October 16, 2014 at 6:41 am

    One way to act well in the interest of the people who voted you in power! !

  2. Nikki Brown
    Nikki Brown October 16, 2014 at 6:43 am

    Only stupid Barbados will have an issue doing this. Honesty I cannot take much more of the stupidity in high places. Protection for your own do it NOW!

  3. Shannon Mason
    Shannon Mason October 16, 2014 at 6:43 am

    Hopefully the Barbadian Government would do the same soon before it’s too late.

  4. Gabriel Abed
    Gabriel Abed October 16, 2014 at 7:23 am

    I said this on another post and I will put it here.

    ” While I do not agree on a full blanket ban of travellers (we are afterall dependent on tourism), I think a serious and immediate decision needs to be taken on countries where the Ebola outbreak is not contained. i.e. Nigeria and Sierra Leone for example.

    One can argue that it is unfair, unethical and immoral but need I remind all in opposition that our medical care system, our emergency response and our island is NOT prepared to handle a pandemic outbreak such as Ebola. Not only will it potentially threaten the lives of the Barbadian people, it will dramatically affect our tourist product and we can expect a complete and utter loss of much needed revenue for our country.

    It is a decision that may seem heavy on your conscience, but one that has to be calculated when weighing in on the lives of our citizens and the well being of our country.

    With that being said, we should have a consistent and ongoing educational program on local radio, TV and papers towards educating our entire populace. IMMEDIATELY. Every person in Barbados should know what Ebola is, how to handle individuals suspected or confirmed with the virus and how to avoid catching it.

    This is not a post to be fear mongering or drive panic but one to be realistic about a deadly virus affecting thousands of lives right now. Be smart people.”

    • Tamara Manmohansingh
      Tamara Manmohansingh October 16, 2014 at 2:24 pm

      A blanket ban is extreme, but one on the nations of West Africa seems in my mind common sense. No island in the Caribbean is equipped to deal with epidemic like this. God forbidden it does get into the West Hemisphere in a more aggressive manner our islands will be wiped out. Not only do we not have the technology and equipment to treat the situation but isolation is also very difficult. A ban on West African Nations also will not hugely deplete the economy of the islands that do rely heavily on tourism. The only place of concern, to be considered in the ban list. Is flights out of Texas, since the most out of West Africa cases have occurred there.

  5. Doria Alleyne
    Doria Alleyne October 16, 2014 at 7:32 am


  6. Rawle Spooner
    Rawle Spooner October 16, 2014 at 7:45 am

    Smart move unlike stupid politicians in Barbados playing Russian roulette with its citizen by playing nice guy,its like a burning building one get out fire dept says too unsafe but one going back in to play hero and then losing they life,that is what it feels like with these idiots running Barbados.

  7. Carol L October 16, 2014 at 7:54 am

    What would it seriously cost Barbados to follow in these same footsteps? How many visitors do we even get from these countries anyway? And those that we do get, are their value to our economy worth the risk of a full-on collapse of every aspect of Barbadian life and society? Call me stupid and shortsighted, but I think NOT! Come on Barbados, that’s be PROactive rather than REactive!

  8. Neville
    Neville October 16, 2014 at 7:55 am

    @emilynationwide Let’s hope that Jamaica will follow soon.

  9. Sasha Rebel
    Sasha Rebel October 16, 2014 at 8:08 am

    I won’t be putting nothing before my life so if it means giving up tourism well so be it. If u haven’t notice its not only in africia now its in USA and canada . Barbados is Tooooo small to contract a deadly outbreak like Ebola and with no good medical care system there’s no chance if survival.

    Imaging going to work, some one comes in with it u don’t know they don’t know either u picked it up go home it spreads to ur family, then it moves from there into schools and other homes. Then it starts and when it does, well its only death from there not no getting better just death.

  10. Roz Fernandez
    Roz Fernandez October 16, 2014 at 8:15 am

    Trinidad needs to do the same but it’s always politics first .

  11. Fluffy Brokenbird
    Fluffy Brokenbird October 16, 2014 at 8:42 am

    Remember we live in a reactive country rather than a proactive one…these ppl try to make themselves look good …good name for fools

  12. Ryan A. Gittens
    Ryan A. Gittens October 16, 2014 at 9:04 am

    I think persons need to understand and use Nigeria as the model when i comes to dealing with Ebola.

  13. Rosanna Wharton-boyce
    Rosanna Wharton-boyce October 16, 2014 at 9:37 am

    Unfortunately our so called leaders do not care enough about the welfare of its citizens to take the necessary steps to protect them I applaud the the other nations that cared enough to protect their own. unfortunately MONEY comes first in our little island and its people a distant second………….SO SAD!

  14. Alisa Renee Corbin
    Alisa Renee Corbin October 16, 2014 at 9:42 am

    This is no joke, Barbados is in no way ready to battle this virus, we can’t even control chikungunya, how are we going to control this? If we can’t depend on our government to protect its people, who can we depend on?

    • Phyllis Clarke
      Phyllis Clarke October 16, 2014 at 6:26 pm

      We can pray to God to spare this nation because prayer is powerful

  15. Rudial Farley
    Rudial Farley October 16, 2014 at 9:54 am

    idiots all a wanna want a ban from africa but wanna still wanna go to de usa and wanna aint putting a ban from de states and ebola there

    • GoodGirl GoneBad
      GoodGirl GoneBad October 16, 2014 at 1:30 pm

      cases of ebola are only in texas, florida,, and atlanta. not the entire usa. if anything, the ban should be from those locations.

    • Rudial Farley
      Rudial Farley October 16, 2014 at 1:32 pm

      true but is was only in Liberia at first and spread went it went to the usa is was only in texas and it spread

  16. Angela Parker Ramsey
    Angela Parker Ramsey October 16, 2014 at 10:07 am

    The United States is pretty stupid too..and I live here.

    • GoodGirl GoneBad
      GoodGirl GoneBad October 16, 2014 at 1:28 pm

      i agree with you. Obama should stop all flights coming from those affected areas in Africa…even fromTexas. I pray that things get better. this is really scary.

    • Cherylann Bourne-Hayes
      Cherylann Bourne-Hayes October 16, 2014 at 1:54 pm

      You can drive to the other states from Texas.

  17. Karen Simon Prisner
    Karen Simon Prisner October 16, 2014 at 11:15 am

    What is Barbados waiting for?!?! This is URGENT!

  18. Mhizz Forever Bless
    Mhizz Forever Bless October 16, 2014 at 11:17 am

    @ Rudial Farley ur so correct. We might ban Africa and sum one frm d states r even a Caribbean country could still bring it here.

    • Rudial Farley
      Rudial Farley October 16, 2014 at 11:19 am

      true we more likely to get sumone from de states bring it here than africa we hardly got flights from africa but hundreds from the states

    • Kat Daniel
      Kat Daniel October 16, 2014 at 3:04 pm

      People in Africa who are likely to catch the virus into even thinking about Barbados…. we need to look more closely at the people outside of Africa; how and time it is spread instead of jumping to these emotional outburst…. but I do understand most people are scared.

  19. Ouida Burnham
    Ouida Burnham October 16, 2014 at 11:20 am

    We here in Bdos does wait until the horse get out of the stable then to bolt the door like right now the almighty dollar is what counts now so we have to get what comes with it I just watch a video of preacher Dollaran this gentleman is mullitymillianner why can,t these rich people help the poor remember the story of the rich man an Lazerus?

  20. Mhizz Forever Bless
    Mhizz Forever Bless October 16, 2014 at 11:23 am

    Rudial Farley if I was infront u I would shake ya hand ur absolutely correct I thought only my one saw it frm dis point. Utter maddness I even read one Jamaican artist still want to go up to Africa but I hope when he goes his country ban him.

  21. Paul Mayers
    Paul Mayers October 16, 2014 at 11:57 am

    Rudial Farley, there is no ban on Africa. There is a ban on 3 countries in Africa. Also, at this stage you can’t compare the few ebloa cases in the USA with the outbreak in these 3 countries.

  22. Stephen D Stewart
    Stephen D Stewart October 16, 2014 at 1:26 pm

    There have been cases in Spain and the USA…are we going to ban people from Spain and the USA as well as west African countries…????….

  23. Chynna Ward October 16, 2014 at 1:37 pm

    This article is dumb. At the beginning it states that Nigeria, Guinea and Sierra Leone are the areas most affected by the outbreak when in fact Nigeria has managed to effectively control their outbreak of Ebola. Liberia however is the country that should have been mentioned as one of the hardest hit. If news will be given, make sure it is accurate before publishing.

  24. Annetta Paul
    Annetta Paul October 16, 2014 at 1:38 pm

    I don’t get it. Our health care system is not that much different from these other west Indian countries so what is Barbados waiting for?

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  26. Allison Broomes
    Allison Broomes October 16, 2014 at 3:15 pm

    What about the bajan who has gone to one of those countries on honymoon and is coming home

  27. George Sparrow
    George Sparrow October 16, 2014 at 3:38 pm

    this is what all countries in the western world should do!

  28. mary cottrell October 16, 2014 at 8:47 pm

    I have been lobbying the PM in Bim to prevent entry to BIM of anyone who has a stamp in their passport showing they have been in West African in the last 21 days for the last 2 months or more. Our own nationals should have a right to return of course BUT they should be in quarantine for 21 days. Look at the history of how the plague spread through Europe in the middle ages. I t was spread by travellers. Can we not learn from history?
    With our competitors in the tourist market int he regiion imosing a ban dont you think Tourists will chose them over us. its a no brainer. We are the fortunate position of being an island with telatively easy to control borders. As for saying people from the USA pose a risk. so travel basn are useless, well yes they do but the statistical odds, at least for the moment are vastly lower than those posed by travellers from West Africa.

  29. mary cottrell October 16, 2014 at 8:56 pm

    We used to quarantine animals arriving from countires where rabies exists and we still do if the animal does not have pet passport. Ebola is a much much greater risk. Do you realise that you have to declare the importation of a Tesco sausage in case it has any bacteria in it, but it seems we are willing to import people who may potentially be carrying one of the most deadly pathogens known to man. Lets get this in perspective and act now before its too late.


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