Emergency meeting held to discuss scabies case
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.”