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Customs officers at St Lucia's Hewanorra International airport restive

Published:Sunday | August 31, 2014 | 10:28 AM

CASTRIES, St.Lucia, Aug 30, CMC-Customs Officers stationed at Hewanorra International Airport (HIA) have threatened to down tools over concerns about the Ebola virus.



President of the St Lucia Civil Service Association (CSA), Mary Isaac, who met the officers Friday say they are very concerned that the Ministry of Health has not instituted any measures to address their anxieties.



“We have passengers coming in on international flights, especially the United States and Europe and the customs officers are very concerned that there is not a doctor or a nurse on site at the very minimum,” Isaac said.



The CSA president also noted that several people from Nigeria have arrived here this week but lamented that there is nothing in place to determine the health status of these visitors.



Isaac said as far as she is concerned the entire nation is at risk, including customs officers who work on the frontline at the islands two airports.



“We need to put something in place immediately before the next international flight comes into St Lucia and should it arrive with anyone from West Africa I do not believe that the officers will attend to that flight,” the CSA president declared.



She revealed that the next international flight was expected here Saturday.



Isaac said that attempts had been made Friday to get in touch with “certain government ministers”– to no avail, as they and other officials were reportedly attending the funeral of the late Justice Suzie D’Auvergne.



She disclosed that the matter had been discussed with the Comptroller of Customs who shared the concerns of his colleagues but said that the Ministry of Health had promised to put measures in place.



However, Isaac cautioned that “promises are not enough at this point”.



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