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Haitians pose no health threat

Published: Wednesday February 6, 2013 | 12:49 pm with audio | Comments 0
A Haitian woman awaits her turn to be processed.
A Haitian woman awaits her turn to be processed.

Livern Barrett, Gleaner Writer

The Government this morning revealed that the 25 Haitians rescued in Jamaican waters yesterday have undergone medical tests and there are no healthconcerns.

Haiti has been grappling with an outbreak of Cholera in the aftermath of the massive earthquake three years ago that left thousands dead and caused extensive damage to the country'sinfrastructure.

Speaking at a Jamaica House press briefing this morning, Minister with responsibility for Information Senator Sandrea Falconer said the Haitians were given a full screeningyesterday.

Deputy Director General of the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM), Richard Thompson said malaria and dengue were among the testsconducted.

Senator Falconer said she was informed by the Ministry of Health that there are no major concerns at thistime.

She said it is important that the authorities know of any health issues and urged members of the public to be on the lookout for other Haitians that might arrive in theisland.

Meanwhile, Thompson disclosed that it is costing the Government close to $45,000 per day to feed theHaitians.

He said discussions are now taking place to find alternative accommodation for them after Friday while the government makes arrangements to have them repatriated.

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