The total number of Ebola cases reported globally has now exceeded 8000 according to the most recent estimates.
Over 4000 persons have died in West Africa and the disease continues to emerge in more countries.
According to a report by the Observer, PRIME Minister Portia Simpson Miller yesterday (October 14) said the country is facing a “national emergency” and has restricted Government members of parliament and councillors from travelling to Ebola-affected areas as Jamaica ramps up preparation to combat the disease currently ravishing sections of West Africa.
“No one is to be travelling from Jamaica to any of the affected countries,” Simpson Miller told reporters who, with the exception of journalists from the Jamaica Information Service, were excluded from a meeting at Jamaica House yesterday to discuss the State’s chikungunya (CHIKV) response and Ebola preparation plans.
Simpson Miller issued the travel protocol during the meeting that included both Government and Opposition MPs, councillors and mayors from across the island. The meeting also included members of the security forces, disaster preparedness and health officials.
The Prime Minister also called on Jamaicans to “avoid travelling to Ebola-affected countries and regions, and truthfully declare your travel history when arriving and departing the island”.
Source: Jamaica Observer