Nicholson says issuing advisory against West Africa travels may be dangerous
Daraine Luton, Senior Staff Reporter
Foreign Minister A.J. Nicholson today said that the issuing of travel advisories against travel to West African countries hit by Ebola could be dangerous.
Responding to questions from Opposition Senator, Marlene Malahoo Forte, as to whether Jamaica is considering the issuing of travel advisories, Nicholson said it would be sending a wrong message.
He noted that reggae artiste, Luciano, has recently cancelled a trip to East Africa and stressed that the Ebola outbreak is limited to a few countries in West Africa.
Nearly 4,000 people have died from Ebola in Sierra Leone, Uganda and Liberia.
At least one case has turned up in the United States and one in Spain.
The disease has killed 50 per cent of its victims.
"Everybody knows, don't go there," Nicholson said.
Malahoo Forte, however, urged the minister to recognise the position.
"We do not want to wait until it is on our doorstep given the limited resources that we have to work with," Malahoo Forte said.
Nicholson then said he would consider the issue of travel advisories.
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