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CARICOM adopts ten-point Ebola plan

Published:Wednesday | November 5, 2014 | 1:42 PM
In this file photo health workers dressed in protective gear prepare to load the body of a woman suspected to have died from the Ebola virus, in New Kru Town at the outskirt of Monrovia, Liberia. - AP

Caribbean leaders have adopted a ten-point plan of action to ensure the deadly Ebola virus does not reach the region.

Cuba is also expected to play an integral part in the initiative.

The announcement was made after a four-hour meeting held at the Diplomatic Centre in St Ann’s yesterday afternoon.

The meeting also centred on the chikungunya virus outbreak.

The plan, which is referred to as, Stop Ebola There and Here (Seth), also includes measures to seek financial support from non-governmental organisations and business communities.

The meeting was attended by several CARICOM heads of government, secretary-general of CARICOM, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, and executive director of the Caribbean Public Health Agency, Dr James Hospedales.

However, Prime Minister, Portia Simpson Miller and the Health Minister, Dr Fenton Ferguson were not in attendance.

Jamaica was instead represented by the country’s High Commissioner to Trinidad and Tobago, Sharon Saunders.

Chairman of conference of CARICOM and Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne says the discussions focused on the possible health impact of the virus and also the possibilities of the economic and social consequences one case could have.

He says the region’s response to the diseases must be a community effort and no CARICOM Member state must battle these public health challenges on its own.


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