Information Minister, Senator Sandrea Falconer, says the government will make mistakes in handling cases of Ebola, if the virus were to come to Jamaica.
Senator Falconer is also cautioning the media against sensationalism in reporting on a virus that continues to spark fears globally.
Minister Falconer was speaking today at a Media Forum on Ebola organized by the Health Ministry.
Minister Falconer’s presentation was primarily about the role of the media in the country’s effort to deal with Ebola cases.
In her address to journalists, she promised that the government would ensure there’s equal and full access to information in dealing with any suspected or confirmed case.
She begged the media to refrain from sensationalism.
Like other countries in the region, Jamaica has no experience handling a case of Ebola.
And despite the government and its partners preparing for the deadly virus. Senator Falconer admits there will be mistakes.
The Information Minister also addressed fears about the number of persons visiting Jamaica from the three West African countries hardest-hit by Ebola.
She says since 2010, fewer than 1-hundred-and-75 people from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, visit the country each year.
The government recently imposed a ban on travellers from those countries, as part of its control efforts.
The Information Minister is imploring the media to treat suspected Ebola patients with sensitivity.
Today’s media forum took place at the Office of the Pan American Health Organization on the Mona Campus of the University of the West Indies.