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Health Minister Dr Fuad
Khan says Government is not
budging on its decision to
quarantine all T&T nationals
returning from Ebola-stricken
regions of west Africa for a
period of 21 days.
And although he admitted
they could not say just how
many people this could affect,
given that there were fears the
virus could even spread in the
United States, Khan said they
would make the room at med-
ical institutions across the
country to ensure they could
accommodate those people
once they returned home.
"We will have to find space,"
Khan told the T&T Guardian
as he answered questions on
whether the lone isolation unit
at the Caura Hospital would be
enough to undergo the quar-
antine exercise if there was an
Khan announced the quar-
antine on Thursday in tandem
with a ban on entry to all trav-
ellers coming from west African
regions, such as Nigeria,
Guinea, Sierra Leone and
Yesterday, however, Khan said
the Government may review
the ban on Nigeria, which had
been able to contain the virus,
as more information cane to
hand on the virus. He said the
decision to ban Nigeria was
taken by Cabinet.
Asked why Nigeria was
banned when it had successfully
contained the Ebola spread,
Khan said Nigeria was on the
St Lucian watch list and T&T
He agreed that many T&T
nationals were employed in the
Nigerian energy sector but
could not give any figures.
"This is being compiled by
the Energy Ministry," Khan said
when asked whether adequate
research had been done to
ascertain how many nationals
would be affected.
Khan said the T&T Govern-
ment would work closely with
the World Health Organisation
and the Pan American Health
Organisation before making
future decisions on altering the
"The WHO has made some
pronouncements on Nigeria, so
we will be reviewing our deci-
sion," Khan promised.
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Crew members on board the MV Ocean Discov-
ery, which arrived in Chaguaramas on Thursday
from Ebola-raved west Africa, have been cleared
to come ashore by doctors attached to the Health
This was the word from Health Minister Fuad
Khan last night as he tried to allay fears by fishermen
in the region and members of the public that there
are no vessels in T&T territorial waters carrying
Ebola-infected crew members.
"The doctors have decided that they are eligible
to enter the country because they have already spent
more than 21 days since they left Africa," Khan said.
Chaguaramas fishermen were yesterday suspicious
of the crew members aboard the ship, which arrived
here after two stops at ports in the Democratic
Republic of the Congo, Angola and Ghana.
"We not going near there. Them people have
Ebola, we don t want to die," one fisherman at a
depot near the Crews Inn marina said.
When a news team from the T&T Guardian visited
the area seeking to charter a fishing boat to have a
closer look at the ship, only one of the dozen fish-
ermen present was willing to take the job offer.
Even then, as soon as the vessel came into sight
on the boat trip, he quickly expressed strong reser-
vations about going further.
"Allyuh really want to go so near to it? I ent feel
that make sense," he said.
He reluctantly agreed after reporters explained
that the virus could only be transmitted through
When the boat approached closer, seven crew
members were seen walking around the ship s upper
Although it was difficult to communicate because
of the distance and size difference between the ship
and the fisherman s pirogue, the crew members,
who said they were from Scotland, said they had
recently visited Africa.
With a broad smile, a bareback crew member
flexed his biceps and shouted across the water that
he was not infected with Ebola.
Before reporters could ask the purpose of their
visit and if the crew was planning to come ashore,
Port Authority personnel patrolling in the area inter-
vened to say the mission should be immediately
abandoned. (See page A5)
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There was an Ebola scare at Petrotrin's Pointe-a-
Pierre facility yesterday after employees raised
concern about a vessel transporting crude from the
west African country of Gabon.
The situation arose after the MV Overseas
Yellowstone anchored at Petrotrin's Pointe-a-Pierre
port. In an e-mail yesterday, the company said it took
all precautions to protect its employees and ports.
"Although Gabon is not listed as one of the
countries with Ebola, Petrotrin employees did not
engage with persons onboard the vessel until a Health
Clearance Certificate was issued by the Ministry of
Health, Port Health and Quarantine."
The company said it would continue to follow all
protocols as issued by the Ministry of Health.
cleared of virus
A fisherman who gave his name only as "Boat man" covers his face as precaution while transporting
the T&T Guardian's crew in Chaguaramas yesterday to the research vessel Ocean Discovery, which
originated from Ebola-ravaged west Africa. PHOTO: MICHEAL BRUCE
Nigerian High Commissioner to
T&T Musa John Jen says his
country has been safe from
Ebola infections for the past six
He made the comment
yesterday in response to Health
Minister Fuad Khan's decision to
ban nationals of his country from
entering T&T due to Ebola
The WHO says Nigeria will be
declared Ebola-free as long as no
new cases are detected before
In a radio interview yesterday,
John Jen, who will be returning
to Nigeria this weekend after
resigning from his post to
contest a governorship in his
country, said he would not have
returned if Ebola was not under
"I am heading to Nigeria with
my family this weekend. If there
is a threat, especially Ebola, I
would be the last person to carry
my family after six years and
some months in Trinidad," John
He said there was now a
system in Nigeria where contact
details and other information
was taken from travellers at
every port of entry into the
John Jen said during the
outbreak of severe acute
respiratory syndrome (SARS) in
China in 2002, that country had
put systems in place to track and
control any spread of the virus.
He suggested T&T should
employ similar measures.
Nigeria safe --- ambassador
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