No Ebola symptoms
The management company for the ship that Minister of Tourism Richard Sealy said was blocked from entering because two crew members had Eloba-like symptoms has insisted that the men only showed signs of a chest infection.
In a statement emailed to Barbados TODAY, MOL Tankship Management (Europe) Ltd said the two Filipinos on board the chemical tanker Noble Spirit wanted to get chest examinations and tests but were denied by Barbados as well as Jamaica.
According to MOL, the men joined the vessel in the United States on September 30, after flying directly from the Philippines.
“Neither of them had ever visited Ebola infected countries and neither had the vessel ever called at ports in Ebola infected countries,” it said.
“On October 9, while the Noble Spirit was en route in ballast from Houston to Equatorial Guinea, both seafarers complained of symptoms of a chest infection and were treated onboard under advice from Radio Medical Assistance Rome. CIRM Roma did, however, recommend that they be landed at a convenient port for chest examination and tests.”
The company said that the authorities in Kingston, Jamaica and Bridgetown both refused to allow the vessel to enter or the crew to disembark.
“Noble Spirit subsequently sailed directly to Equatorial Guinea as the two crew members fully recovered after a few days treatment from what was a minor chest infection, while the rest of the crew are all in a healthy condition,” it added.