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Emergency meeting held to discuss scabies case

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Acting Commissioner of Police Tyrone Griffith was part of the meeting.


Health and security officials were this evening involved in an emergency meeting at Government headquarters after a Nigerian student tested positive for the contagious skin infection, scabies.

There are two additional suspected cases, said attorney-at-law David Comissiong, who is close to the matter.

The meeting also involved Acting Commissioner of Police Tyrone Griffith, Chief Immigration Officer Erene Griffith, as well as representatives of the Defence Force.

After emerging from the meeting, the police chief told Barbados TODAY, “The Nigerians are visitors to our shores and as a result we have to look after their security and ensure that they are safe.”

The meeting was called following a survey by health officials today at the Casa Grande Hotel, where the Nigerians are staying, Comissiong said.

Chief Medical Officer Dr Joy St John has refused to comment on the matter.

When contacted about reports that at least one Nigerian had been infected, she would only say, “We did not release that information and I certainly am not speaking on this matter.”

61 Responses to Emergency meeting held to discuss scabies case

  1. Eleisha Ashby
    Eleisha Ashby January 10, 2015 at 7:31 pm

    Health dept better check them out for other sickness.

    • René Holder
      René Holder January 10, 2015 at 8:19 pm

      I wish at times FB had a dislike button

  2. Rawle Maycock
    Rawle Maycock January 10, 2015 at 7:45 pm

    Scrabies is serious, once in the body it multiple at a rapid rate an stays in the body for 7 years, all lining, eg.bedsheets, beds clothing, must be disposed of as it’s contagious, an those in contact must be treated.

  3. Fidel Fidelz
    Fidel Fidelz January 10, 2015 at 7:46 pm

    Send them packing right back home

  4. Marsha Peppa Fly Hinds-Layne
    Marsha Peppa Fly Hinds-Layne January 10, 2015 at 8:12 pm

    …………!!!………what do the millions of caucasian tourists bring I ask??? what do the Chinese workers bring?? are we going to send back all??or only the black ones?? or are we a tourist destination??? gooshhhh…I’m confused!!!!!

    • Timothy Parris
      Timothy Parris January 10, 2015 at 10:45 pm


    • Ken Debajee
      Ken Debajee January 11, 2015 at 12:28 am

      you have too many names, there are killing your brain cells

    • Marsha Peppa Fly Hinds-Layne
      Marsha Peppa Fly Hinds-Layne January 11, 2015 at 7:32 am

      maybe you are right!!!…because other Bajans seem to understand perfectly…

  5. Jay Butcher
    Jay Butcher January 10, 2015 at 8:27 pm

    Who checks, and when do they check the other visitors

  6. Rosalind Best
    Rosalind Best January 10, 2015 at 8:29 pm

    Barbados today, stop posting stories about these students.

  7. Clive Walrond
    Clive Walrond January 10, 2015 at 8:35 pm

    lol thats funny ..after they said nothing was wrong ..

  8. Barker Antony
    Barker Antony January 10, 2015 at 8:36 pm

    This is what to do , tell the health authorities to quarentine the junk yard, but somebody going bring their lawyers so they will pussy foot on this one!!!

  9. Poetry Dancer
    Poetry Dancer January 10, 2015 at 8:44 pm

    What about the other people who bring STDs and other things…them in from Nigeria neither

  10. Victoria Lily
    Victoria Lily January 10, 2015 at 9:07 pm

    Wow, health officers and security officers for an emergency meeting due to a scabies case… Barbados funny.

  11. Marsha Peppa Fly Hinds-Layne
    Marsha Peppa Fly Hinds-Layne January 10, 2015 at 9:12 pm

    commissioner in full dress and everything to boot….sorry….ah mean…commissioner no.2…acting???……looka never mind…

    • Ashantia Howard
      Ashantia Howard January 11, 2015 at 12:29 am

      that is his regular work uniform, would you rather him wear a vest and t shirt?

    • Marsha Peppa Fly Hinds-Layne
      Marsha Peppa Fly Hinds-Layne January 11, 2015 at 7:29 am

      i’d rather he find new ways to fight the largening crime footprint…I’d rather him fight dirty cops in the force….anything but worry about a simple thing that must happen in a tourist destination ALL THE TIME….

  12. June Parris
    June Parris January 10, 2015 at 9:24 pm


  13. Annetta Paul
    Annetta Paul January 10, 2015 at 9:25 pm

    Such bad publicity. All of this negativity making the low job rate problem sound like a bedtime story. Nobody wants to read about Nigerian students suffering in Barbados. FIX IT PLEASE!

  14. Shannon Trøùblez Trotman
    Shannon Trøùblez Trotman January 10, 2015 at 9:28 pm

    It takes 10 days to get the effect of it so I’ve read…(idk how true) How long were they here? Ya’ll say send them back, but what if that woman place give them it…hmmmmmmm??

  15. Anne Ince
    Anne Ince January 10, 2015 at 9:39 pm

    Is this saga a joke?

  16. Carolyn Robertson
    Carolyn Robertson January 10, 2015 at 9:52 pm

    Oh look what our goverment have done what if this was Ebola look what $10million US brought to us

  17. Tamika Sheena Harpee
    Tamika Sheena Harpee January 10, 2015 at 10:08 pm

    Some of these comments reeks of ignorance and stupidity. If it was yt people the room would be quiet.

  18. Tamika Sheena Harpee
    Tamika Sheena Harpee January 10, 2015 at 10:09 pm

    I sure there are scabies cases we are not hearibg about.

    • Ashantia Howard
      Ashantia Howard January 11, 2015 at 12:29 am

      they are not, if they were it would be a national issue because it is highly infectious, stop wishing and hoping and take your head out the sand

    • Tamika Sheena Harpee
      Tamika Sheena Harpee January 11, 2015 at 1:00 am

      I know for a fact, I am not asking, I am telling. Lets just leave it at that. Wanna really think that wanna does know everything that does go on bout here. You need to take your head out the sand. Smh. Try wid that.

  19. Katrina Dixon
    Katrina Dixon January 10, 2015 at 11:05 pm

    Why cant we leave these students alone i swear nobody cannot tell me race does not play a factor in this ignorance!! #utterlydisappointed

    • Ashantia Howard
      Ashantia Howard January 11, 2015 at 12:27 am

      yea leave them alone and let the scabies spread to the population

    • Katrina Dixon
      Katrina Dixon January 11, 2015 at 12:32 am

      Yip cause the media is famous for publishing the truth…..

    • Matthew Grosvenor
      Matthew Grosvenor January 11, 2015 at 7:28 am

      So I guess it was not the truth when they said the had 10 mil for food and accommodation even though we never saw the documents confirming the Nigeria Government spent 10 mil US on 90 Nigerians while the rest back home rejoiced.

    • Pamalea Payne
      Pamalea Payne January 11, 2015 at 8:01 am

      Ms Dixon these students suppose to go school where? Do u hv relatives,neighbors, friends who’s going where they suppose to go? Why you wouldn’t want to know what’s going on with them

  20. Matthew Grosvenor
    Matthew Grosvenor January 10, 2015 at 11:26 pm

    Never had such a case in Barbados, I say check them all out, this should be their main concern instead of AC and a TV in each room. Am looking forward to one of them or some fool to say they picked it up in the hotel.

    • Matthew Grosvenor
      Matthew Grosvenor January 11, 2015 at 7:25 am

      Juanita Brathwaite, as far as I remember that was a suspected case and when the Ministry looked into it, it was not confirmed as scabies . I suggest you pull up that link and review it.

    • MariaMaria Angel
      MariaMaria Angel January 11, 2015 at 11:55 am

      Matthew Grosvenor Sometimes nurses here in Barbados come to the school and give lectures on health related issues. It was through such a lecture, up to last year, that I learned that scabies cases have been documented in Barbados. Almost every opinion you gave concerning the Nigerians seems to be uniformed, ignorant, biased and according to bajab vernacular “illiterate.” I wish you would stop commenting on Facebook.

    • Matthew Grosvenor
      Matthew Grosvenor January 11, 2015 at 12:57 pm

      MariaMaria Angel, yes you wish you could have me stop commenting, this is Barbados, not some backwards country where if am not in agreement with what is being said I would be held in some bush. Every opinion I gave is valid, their is no documentation backing the claim they made about the 10mil US investment, neither is anything you said documented. Men lie, women lie, facts don’t.

  21. Rawle Maycock
    Rawle Maycock January 10, 2015 at 11:32 pm

    It’s not who, came with it, it’s in the house.

  22. Rosalind Best
    Rosalind Best January 11, 2015 at 12:31 am

    You would think this is the only case of scabies ever found our is in Barbados.

  23. Cherylann Johnson January 11, 2015 at 1:14 am

    This is a wooper. I don’t know about scabies and I’m researching it now but just answer me one question. If, from a statement made earlier, only a few of them have Sacbies, why “Send them packing right back home”?… If they have it what’s the point in sending them back? To do that would mean that a bus driver becomes infected, an immigration officer becomes infected, a customs officer becomes infected, an airport employee becomes infected, an air hostess becomes infected. Then an entire population becomes infected. Why not quarantine them and make Ms. Ram clean her place? If the people had to use water from the pool to bathe etc, really what do you expect? All kinda people come to Barbados with all types of illnesses and we don’t “Send them packing right back home”.

    To me the statement was unfair. I’m not judging and I understand and appreciate that people are concerned about their health but please don’t let the people’s origin affect our ability to reason and be fair.

    I believe that if the matter is investigated thoroughly, we will find the answers we are looking for. Its a shame that that disease had to break out among the Nigerians….it truly is and we should think how this reflects on our country and think further about who we allow to ‘represent’ or island no matter the post or how much money they have….

  24. Artneal Bear Abbey
    Artneal Bear Abbey January 11, 2015 at 5:58 am

    Sad to say but the reality is Africa is full of diseases. And each student should of been fully screen before entering Barbados. Nxt they going to bring is ebola and once ebola arrived tourism will be history.

  25. Artneal Bear Abbey
    Artneal Bear Abbey January 11, 2015 at 6:01 am

    Let the Africans stay in Africa please. Last time they took a plane and off load a bunch of them in Barbados up till now the plane has not return, they leave at the country’s expense. That could of been a plane full of ebola Africans.

  26. Rosanna Lewis
    Rosanna Lewis January 11, 2015 at 7:17 am

    People’s what foolishness yall talking about. We deal with scabies all the time at the hospital. It is nothing that Nigerians brought here it has always been here it is just that we don’t put it in the paper and dehumanize Barbadians so I don’t know why we are doing it with the Nigerians. Our so sons and daughters go to school with children who have and had scabies I don’t see you scorning them. people you need to grow up. I went to Nursing school with two wonderful Nigerians ladies who’s husband’s were Consultants at our own Hospital. Grow up. Be more concern with the debt that we are in and the budget that we haven’t heard as yet. And the fact that you haven’t received your income tax as yet and the time to file is soon here again.

  27. Rosanna Lewis
    Rosanna Lewis January 11, 2015 at 7:40 am

    If this is how we treat people that come to Barbados well I am asking you not to travel to anyone’s country and get sick. I wonder if they will treat you the same way. Wow Barbadians.

  28. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce January 11, 2015 at 7:41 am

    I cannot believe some of the poor comments being made. It is an health issue that can be dealt with. Barbados don’t have citizens with health issues? Barbadians are immune to Bacteria you are the healthiest citizens in the World, one hundred per cent fit. Find something worthy to wash wanna mouth on. Wanna making Bim look real bad.

  29. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce January 11, 2015 at 7:48 am

    Artneal Bear Abbey, the world is full of diseases. The worst disease of all time is ignorance and it lives on and on.

  30. Troy Devonish
    Troy Devonish January 11, 2015 at 9:32 am

    Some of these comments reek of ignorance and stupidity! Smfh. This fiasco will be well remembered by these students and the international community (who is also looking on in disgust at the appalling treatment these students are receiving.)

  31. Elaine Crichlow
    Elaine Crichlow January 11, 2015 at 10:06 am

    WOW, Greed brought Scabies to the Island. Stop letting everyone into your Country for Money. Chinese DRY WALL is filled with DISEASES can’t use in the US anymore, wonder if that is worth the health to the Bajan people..?????????????????????

  32. Anna Lawrence
    Anna Lawrence January 11, 2015 at 10:09 am

    Think like a real parent bite your tongue, n fix the problem, remember our parents use to say people never know you hungry unless u tell them, broadcasting to much sometimes……..

  33. MariaMaria Angel
    MariaMaria Angel January 11, 2015 at 12:02 pm

    So why they don’t hold highly, publicized meetings for Barbadians who have scabies?? Why the government has to blow this out of proportion? This getting out of hand, now. We really showing the world how we blacks hate our own people. Nigerians go home, hear? Wanna belong to somebody.

  34. Rawle Spooner
    Rawle Spooner January 11, 2015 at 12:41 pm

    Now i guess Barbados taxpayers stuck with bill for this and people who bought them here and benefitted financially like Donna St Hill smiling all the way to de bank.

  35. Andrew Minaj
    Andrew Minaj January 11, 2015 at 12:59 pm

    The nation news paper need to find something else to report on, u all r sickening now

  36. Artneal Bear Abbey
    Artneal Bear Abbey January 11, 2015 at 1:10 pm

    Am backing the Nation newspaper for printing this. For those who criticise the News papers this is news that is what the news paper is there for. I think we need to be more careful with our immigration. Its only a matter of time before we get a virus that wipe out our population.

  37. Enierh White
    Enierh White January 11, 2015 at 1:13 pm

    it’s a shame being a bajan in these times when barbadians are showing the world how stupid and ignorant they is, scabies have been around for years and now we need the police, soldiers to deal with it just because the students made public the treatment they were getting from miss ram remember the maybe black but they are not bajans they will stand up for they rights

  38. Pauline Cosgrove
    Pauline Cosgrove January 11, 2015 at 1:21 pm

    scabies y ‘ all think that small thing needs a mention on Facebook God help us


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