Quarantine warning


Authorities today received a strong warning against giving any consideration to quarantining scores of Nigerians set to begin studies here after one of the students tested positive for the contagious skin infection, scabies.

The warning was issued by attorney David Comissiong, who, along with Pan Africanists Robert Bobby Clarke and Trevor Prescod, met with the students for more than an hour at the Casa Grande Hotel where the student are staying.

The meeting followed emergency talks last evening at Government headquarters that was attended by health officials, as well as Acting Commissioner of Police Tyrone Griffith, Chief Immigration Officer Erene Griffith, and representatives of the Defence Force.

While revealing that one of the Nigerians returned home yesterday and a representative of the African state was due on island tomorrow, Comissiong issued harsh words of advice to the Barbadian authorities.

“We want to say to the Government of Barbados if you are thinking about taking these guests of ours and isolating them on an army base we need you to think again. That would be a reprehensible thing to do, it would be an anti-African thing to do, it would be a racist thing to do because there is no way no governmental authority in Barbados would even dream about taking a group of white Europeans or North American visitors and isolating them in an army camp because one of them has itchy skin,” the attorney was firmly.

Minutes earlier, he, along with Clarke and Prescod publicly embraced some of the students in a show of support.

Comissiong contended that the students could have contracted the disease in Trinidad where they stayed for three weeks or in Barbados where they have spent the last two weeks.

He was also upset that the Barbados Community College did not appear to have systems in place to cater for the Nigerians.

The Pan Africanist insisted the Nigerians had done nothing wrong, while arguing that the authorities had a duty to them.

“All of them have a moral and ethical responsibility to these students. They knew months ago that these students were coming to Barbados to do courses at the Barbados Community College. A contract was actually signed several months ago,” he pointed out.

“We are saying BCC, if you’re not ready, make yourself ready. Do what is necessary now to accommodate these students; make the effort. It is not good enough for the Barbados Community College and the Government of Barbados to simply do like Pontius Pilate and say ‘we are not ready, weDSC_0959 wash our hands off this matter’. That could never be right.”

Security has since been tightened at the hotel with only guests and workers being allowed not the compound, one security guard said.

23 Responses to Quarantine warning

  1. Ron Murr
    Ron Murr January 11, 2015 at 5:22 pm

    It’s just scabies. If anything they should check to see where the little buggers originated from… could be from dirty sheets, or someone’s infested clothes. check the sheets though because they like sheets that just laying there and not being used.

  2. Anne Ince
    Anne Ince January 11, 2015 at 5:52 pm

    This so stupid. Get real. Focus on the real issues.

  3. Sheldine Dyall
    Sheldine Dyall January 11, 2015 at 6:00 pm

    Someone from the health team need to teach our people that they are no harsh medication for scabies , and i would say just calamine lotion for the rash. wash your clothing and bed linen in hot water, sanitize the bed and put it in the sun . we still have scabies in Barbados . just because it don’t be made public

  4. Stacia Newsam
    Stacia Newsam January 11, 2015 at 7:02 pm

    This entire situation is JUST WRONGGGGG. Why ya’ll treating these students like this! They are human like all of us and I think that the Barbadian government needs to deal with this situation forthwith and stop ignoring it like everything else hoping it too goes away. I think we have forgotten the very simple rule we had to learn as children. “DO UNTO OTHERS AS WE WOULD HAVE THEM DO UNTO US”….and remember. …what goes around, comes around!!!!

  5. Sheldine Dyall
    Sheldine Dyall January 11, 2015 at 7:12 pm

    It now come over in the 7 oclock news confirming what the treatment is for scabies . the same treatment i said.

  6. Lucia Aniela Parris
    Lucia Aniela Parris January 11, 2015 at 8:17 pm

    Hold on!!! — Yall make it sound like Paragon is the worst place on earth … I see it not as isolation but as a temporary solution to being houses in a hotel riddled with problems! And regardless of their colour or nationality, paragon is the best move for now!

    • Adrian M Chase
      Adrian M Chase January 11, 2015 at 11:10 pm

      At US$ 10 million…..

    • Nyah January 12, 2015 at 12:40 pm

      Do you know the facts?

  7. Mary Amos
    Mary Amos January 11, 2015 at 8:32 pm

    Alva people seem to think that scabies is not in Barbados and some were talking a lot of ish in another forum today. Only last week I got a call from a nursing home here regarding a possible scabies outbreak.

  8. Louise King
    Louise King January 11, 2015 at 8:51 pm

    how come it is so contagious and only one infected if any—

  9. Mary Amos
    Mary Amos January 11, 2015 at 8:59 pm

    Dale I do agree that most of the comments support the Nigerians. However the others who wrote horrible and backward stuff made me hang my head in shame. I had to say i never ever thought that bajans could be so mean

    • Nicksie No Regrets Clarke
      Nicksie No Regrets Clarke January 11, 2015 at 11:16 pm

      Really??? You never realise how bajans does speak about each other??? How they treat each other? Especially women?

  10. Sandra Browne Sampson
    Sandra Browne Sampson January 11, 2015 at 9:01 pm

    Barbados still gets scabies cases and no one was out in isolation! They’re not allowed to go to school if it’s a child, but certainly not sent to a quarantine base! This is all looking like these persons have been scammed.

  11. Cassandra Bowen
    Cassandra Bowen January 11, 2015 at 9:30 pm

    What is the true story here

    • Adrian M Chase
      Adrian M Chase January 11, 2015 at 11:12 pm

      The true story is who got the US $ 10 million.

  12. Joel C. Payne
    Joel C. Payne January 11, 2015 at 9:35 pm

    Scabies is caused by the Scabies mite which lays it’s eggs into the person’s skin.

  13. Candice Elenor
    Candice Elenor January 11, 2015 at 9:58 pm

    Why so much testing ??????? looks like these students are getting looked at alot under the microscope.

  14. Katrina Welch-Blenman
    Katrina Welch-Blenman January 12, 2015 at 1:36 am

    If the powers that b did nor want the Nigerians here why hive the OK in the first place. This is sickening

  15. Sabrina Brathwaite
    Sabrina Brathwaite January 12, 2015 at 3:03 am

    If they were white students then we would have no problems right???

  16. Elaine Crichlow
    Elaine Crichlow January 12, 2015 at 5:41 am

    Hope that has already been done. What is wrong with the Health Officials?

  17. Cumberbatch Sophia
    Cumberbatch Sophia January 12, 2015 at 5:46 am

    The white people does got lice and wunna don’t isolate them what wunna should be frighten for is the amount of people about here who got HIV and ain’t know them status and those who do and spreading it . Herpes is also prevalent here these are non curable diseases not scabies

  18. theo Browne January 12, 2015 at 8:42 am

    Four properties one owner all the same problems.
    Why are authorities allowing this owner to have places of business in such disarray.

  19. Nyah January 12, 2015 at 12:41 pm

    Donna St Hill is the person who needs to fix it…


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