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Ebola scares at airport

Thursday, August 21 2014

There were two scares at the Piarco International Airport over the past two weeks after surveillance intercepted two passengers who were feared infected with the deadly Ebola virus, but were not.

Health Minister Dr Fuad Khan confirmed the scare noting that surveillance is in place at Piarco in Trinidad and at ANR International Airport in Tobago. The two male passengers were of Nigerian nationality who arrived ill in the country. They had not visited Nigeria in years.

The ministry is in the process, Khan told Newsday last evening, of developing the quarantine approach to the management of the Ebola virus at Caura Hospital and the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex, Mt Hope.

Earlier in the day at the prize-giving ceremony of the National Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Programme in Port-of-Spain, Khan said health workers who are scared to deal with patients infected with the virus should not be health workers. “The reason they are health workers,” he said, “is to manage health problems. If you don’t want to manage them, then get out of the system.”

Training and protective clothing to safeguard health workers from the Ebola virus, he said are on the way, and once health workers are properly equipped he expects them to do their job.

“The health workers at risk are the ones,” he said, “we have to make sure they are protected.”

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