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Denying Panama passengers entry over Yellow Fever fear not harsh – Ministry

Published:Tuesday | June 28, 2016 | 6:12 PM
Chief Medical Officer in the Health Ministry, Dr Winston De La Haye told The Gleaner/Power 106 News Centre this morning that the proper protocols were followed in arriving at the decision.

The Health Ministry says it was not being harsh when it approved the denial of entry to several passengers who arrived here yesterday from Panama, which is one of the country's flagged for Yellow Fever. 

Chief Medical Officer in the Health Ministry, Dr Winston De La Haye told The Gleaner/Power 106 News Centre this morning that the proper protocols were followed in arriving at the decision. 

 

Chief Medical Officer, Dr Winston De La Haye

The passengers from Panama were not vaccinated against Yellow Fever.

Five of the passengers who were from Trinidad and Tobago arrived on Caribbean Airlines while 12 came in from Panama, on Copa Airlines.

Four of the 12 were included in the nine who were sent back.

Following a recent rise in disease in parts of Africa and South and Central America, the Health Ministry said travellers from yellow fever-endemic countries and those currently experiencing active transmission should show proof of yellow fever vaccination.

Meanwhile, Dr De La Haye says Jamaicans travelling from affected countries will be monitored for symptoms.