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Health ministry to reach out to airlines on Ebola preparedness plans

Published:Thursday | October 30, 2014 | 5:39 PM

KINGSTON, Jamaica:

The Ministry of Health is to hold talks with airlines flying into Jamaica in an effort to get their support in the move to prevent Ebola from entering the island.




Health Minister, Dr. Fenton Ferguson, says the initiative is part of a public education programme for airports.



Ferguson says the ministry hopes to get airlines to use their in-flight television channel to disseminate information on Ebola and what passengers can expect on arrival at the airports.



He further disclosed that a questionnaire is to be handed out to passengers on incoming flights and that posters on Ebola will also be on display throughout the airports.



The health minister says in the event there is a suspected case of Ebola at the airports, the individual will only be held in the confined area until he or she is transferred by a dedicated ambulance to the requisite health facility.



Ferguson was speaking on a tour of the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay, St James yesterday where hand-held thermal sensors and personal protective gear were handed over to health workers.



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