Nigerian students neither isolated nor quarantined, says health official

The Nigerian students who are currently being accommodated at the Casa Grande Hotel, at Oldbury in St Philip have neither been isolated nor quarantined.

This assurance today from Chief Medical Officer Dr Joy St John, who confirmed that one of the students presented with a case of scabies on January 9, and was receiving the requisite treatment.

All of the other students have been examined by medical personnel from the Ministry of Health and have been cleared,” the official said in a release issued by the Government Information Service (GIS) today.

According the health official, scabies, a fairly common infestation of the skin, caused by a mite, is not classified as a highly infectious disease and there was therefore no need for either isolation or quarantine of persons.

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Dr Joy St John 

She explained that isolation occurred with patients exhibiting signs of an infectious disease and who were under treatment. Quarantine was also employed for any individual who had been exposed to a highly infectious disease, but was not exhibiting any symptoms.

Neither isolation nor quarantine is required under the current circumstances,” stressed Dr St John.

Scabies is normally transmitted by direct skin to skin contact. Indirect transfer from garments or bedding can occur only when these items have been in contact with an infected person. The incubation period is two to six week after exposure to an infected person. The mites are easily destroyed by the laundering and sanitizing of infected items, as well as the application of a cream to the skin.

Meanwhile, the assurance has been given by the Prime Minister’s Office that Government, through its various agencies, will continue to work towards a speedy resolution of other non-health issues being encountered by the visiting students. (BGIS)

22 Responses to Nigerian students neither isolated nor quarantined, says health official

  1. Lynn Lucas
    Lynn Lucas January 11, 2015 at 3:11 pm

    Finally an official statement!!!

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  2. Dawn Franklin
    Dawn Franklin January 11, 2015 at 3:12 pm

    This is shameful don’t care whichever way you look at it but wanna want to treat people bad and think it going to stay in the news here only this thing going to go far and wide.

    Reply
  3. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce January 11, 2015 at 3:14 pm

    Glad the student is being treated and other students have been given the all clear. The students need to maintain good hygiene standards.

    Reply
  4. Katrina Dixon
    Katrina Dixon January 11, 2015 at 3:27 pm

    I literally just feel for them at this point 🙁 for all we know the nigerian that is infected caught scabies from miss ram nasty ass hotel #justsaying whole place should be quaritined.

    Reply
  5. Carie Apple
    Carie Apple January 11, 2015 at 3:53 pm

    Looka this cunt fah meh doe

    Reply
  6. Joel C. Payne
    Joel C. Payne January 11, 2015 at 3:56 pm

    This whole thing was a baddd idea. Barbados doesn’t have the resources of America or Britain. The Barbados government isn’t even getting the Barbados economy on track before taking on more problems.

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  7. Joel C. Payne
    Joel C. Payne January 11, 2015 at 3:59 pm

    I hope nobody else catch the scabies mites from dem.

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    • Shirley Garnes
      Shirley Garnes January 11, 2015 at 6:17 pm

      Some of you Bajans need to be put in quarantine when you visit a different country.

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    • Shirley Garnes
      Shirley Garnes January 11, 2015 at 6:17 pm

      Some of you Bajans need to be put in quarantine when you visit a different country.

      Reply
  8. Daniel Polonis
    Daniel Polonis January 11, 2015 at 4:39 pm

    Well this turned out well!

    Reply
  9. Lanna Douglas
    Lanna Douglas January 11, 2015 at 5:13 pm

    Lol lol

    Reply
  10. Stephen D Stewart
    Stephen D Stewart January 11, 2015 at 6:22 pm

    Old picture….

    Reply
  11. Stephen D Stewart
    Stephen D Stewart January 11, 2015 at 6:22 pm

    Old picture….

    Reply
  12. Stephen D Stewart
    Stephen D Stewart January 11, 2015 at 6:22 pm

    Old picture….

    Reply
  13. Louise King
    Louise King January 11, 2015 at 7:24 pm

    God forbid—did that come about because de students complain—we barbadians are not going down that road again –[nigerian nurses]

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  14. Dawn Franklin
    Dawn Franklin January 11, 2015 at 7:58 pm

    Scabies have been in Bim like how rats are to Bridgetown years there is even a soap on the market for it.

    Reply
  15. Candice Elenor
    Candice Elenor January 11, 2015 at 10:08 pm

    I feel real bad to sblack people treating black people in these days and ages

    Reply

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