Liberian traveler shows up at Jamaica’s airport and staff unsure of approach, he is currently in Jamaica

Nationwide news network just reported that earlier this week that a Traveler whose trip originated from Liberia, showed up at one of our international airports and the front life staff were left confused, having no protocol on which to operate and had no idea of what they were supposed to do.

It was reported that having no protocol in place, the traveler (male) was sent to the nurses station located at the airport, where he was seen (not sure what was done) before he was allowed to leave the halls of the airport to his hotel .We understand that the gentlemen would only be staying in Jamaica for a short period of time a

This raises some very serious questions and ones that I have been raising now for a couple of days and that is what specific set of actions are being taken to protect our borders and Jamaicans.

The Prime Minister gave a wonderful presentation on Monday, but that is all worth zero, if nothing exist on the ground to address the problem of potential problems

Is the MOH aware of the whereabouts of this gentleman ?

Is the Ministry of National Security aware of this incident and the whereabouts of this man?

I know the answer to the above is all no. so for all we know this man could have been infected , no monitoring is taking place of him in Jamaica and those who he would have come in contact with.

What about the nurse who saw this man, what method did she use to check his temperature if it was taken and how did she protect herself in the process. Yes we all know that its not infectious until certain visible signs exist, but that is not the point, the point is what protection did she employ given she would not have known, what she now knows before she “examined” the man.

This is cause for alarm and while the traveler may very well be ok, the lack of clear guidelines at the airport for the front line people who are supposed to protect our borders is a clear and present danger.

There is NO case of Ebola in Jamaica and the only way it will show up here is importation.

The PNP government is very good at plans and talk, but when it comes down to where the rubber hits the road and proper implementation is required, they have always been found wanting.

The government of Jamaica needs to find this traveler this morning and ensure that additional checks are done to give him a clean bill of health.

In addition, the task force on Ebola needs to convene this morning and conduct a through investigation, the results of which must be made public as to what went wrong.

In addition the task force MUST by the end of today, Thursday, October 16, 2014, have implemented proper protocols at our airports to ensure that no one gets in this country, without all the possible checks that we can do, to ensure he is not a carrier and where there are no visible indicators, then a process must be in place so we can track the person throughout the incubation period of the virus.

It is incomprehensible that the Government could have been so irresponsible , not to ensure that by now the proper protocols were in place and known by all concerned so they would be aware of the necessary actions they should take

I am shocked and flabbergasted, but once again is not surprised at the gross ineptness that characterizes the Portia Simpson Miller lead government

My questions therefore raised yesterday and before reflected my distrust of this government and certainly now I can see that I had not overreacted as a few persons would have said to me via personal emails.

The government must today issue a public statement on this matter !

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6 Responses

  1. i need to know the name of these 2 persons as it is very vital so we can check the news to get updates on their medical status especially since the male visitor visited liberia in the last 10 days and it takes 21 days for u to start seeing signs!

  2. The Prime Minister gave a wonderful presentation on Monday, but that is all worth zero, if nothing exist on the ground to address the problem of potential problems
    Is the MOH aware of the whereabouts of this gentleman ?
    Is the Ministry of National Security aware of this incident and the whereabouts of this man?
    I know the answer to the above is all no. so for all we know this man could have been infected , no monitoring is taking place of him in Jamaica and those who he would have come in contact with.

    True to form, in a haste to score political points and/or politicize a serious public health issue, you have made a number of erroneous accusations and form conclusions without the requisite facts. Instead of retracting these inaccurate statements, you have the corrupted information alive on your blog. You stated that there was no protocol in place, yet it was the existence of an effective protocol, which identify the Traveler and triggered a whole host of sequential events, which saw the Traveler being quarantined at the hotel. Actuauly, the answers to all your questions are yes.

    Sometimes, it is best to allow the passage of time before making unfounded allegation, which has now put you in an untenable situation, making you appear trifling (as usual) and lead others to question your overall sanity. Have you no shame? Will you grow a pair and apologize to the people you demeaned above? Is that asking too much of you?

    • You need to be more aware sir and I hope you make a concerted effort to do so, otherwise, you could be in serious trouble before you know it.

      Its this type of denial that will land Jamaica in very serious trouble. Commonsenseja stands by its story 100 % !

  3. Quarantine at a hotel, you want to read that again ?
    Protocol in place and worked ?

    Some Jamaicans are suckers for punishment .

    I think you really should follow and learn from this blog, because it has more credibility than those whom you choose to listen to.

    Like I said many people would like to believe want they want to hear vs the truth

  4. Jay, am with you on this one. Far as I can tell, it’s the hotel employees we have to thank for the events that led the recent visitor to Liberia leaving when he did. I weep for Jamaica

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