Impose Travel Ban – Baugh

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Opposition Spokesman on Health, Dr. Ken Baugh, says he believes the government should implement a travel ban to the three West African countries worst affected by the deadly Ebola virus.

Dr. Baugh made the suggestion in an interview with Nationwide News this afternoon.

He was reacting to the Prime Minister’s statement on the country’s preparation for Ebola.

Dr. Baugh was asked whether he’d support the implementation of a travel ban to Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, where the Ebola virus continues to wreak havoc.

Dr. Baugh argues that there needs to be extreme care in dealing with the indiscriminate killer.

He says he cannot say at this point that he’s satisfied the country is ready to deal with any case of Ebola.

The Opposition Spokesman on Health says he’s asked the country’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Marion Bullock Ducasse, to indicate how much of the 500-million dollars allocated by the government to fight public health threats, is reserved for the fight against Ebola.

He says the Americas is under threat of seeing more cases of the lethal virus because of the traffic between the African continent and the region.

As part of the prevention planning, Dr. Baugh says the country’s health authorities need to stage simulation exercises.

In defending his suggestion for simulation exercises to take place, he’s cited the case of a Spanish nurse, Teresa Romero, who’s been infected with the virus after treating a Spanish missionary who had travelled to West Africa.

Dr. Baugh says persons who’ve travelled to the affected region and found to have signs of sickness, should be quarantined.

He says surveillance and screening at the nation’s ports should he heightened.

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