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  • The Government has presented two of four hand-held fever temperature machines that it has acquired, to medical staff at the Norman Manley International Airport, with another 20 expected to be on the island within two weeks.
  • The Minister, who expressed confidence that Jamaica is doing all that it can do to protect the country from Ebola, emphasized that he is working to equip all the ports of entry with the fever temperature machines, especially a walk-through machine, as it is one sure way to detect any threat of the virus.
  • Meanwhile, Acting Chief Medical Officer (CMO), Dr. Marion Bullock DuCasse, is urging the public to listen to the authorities, and ensure that the correct information is circulated.

The Government has presented two of four hand-held fever temperature machines that it has acquired, to medical staff at the Norman Manley International Airport, with another 20  expected to be on the island within two weeks.

“We have now moved to the next step, which is to ensure we have (an) isolation area at the Airport, to ensure that we will be able to respond to a possible threat of the Ebola virus,”  said Minister of Health, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson, as he spoke with the media, following the handing over of the machines, today (October 17).

The Minister, who expressed confidence that Jamaica is doing all that it can do to protect the country from Ebola, emphasized that he is working to equip all the ports of entry with the fever temperature machines, especially a walk-through machine, as it is one sure way to detect any threat of the virus.

“We should have no less than 20 of these machines. There is good indication from one corporate entity that they would contribute one of those, and we are talking to other corporate entities,” the Minister said.

“Where you have high volume of persons coming in, like a cruise ship, you want to have a machine that persons can walk through, and that is our top priority,” Dr. Ferguson added.

Meanwhile, Acting Chief Medical Officer (CMO), Dr. Marion Bullock DuCasse, is urging the public to listen to the authorities, and ensure that the correct information is circulated.

She said ongoing training has been taking  place with medical personnel, and once they practise what they have been trained to do, the country will respond effectively  to infected persons entering the island.

“We have done this procedure for patients with other conditions, so it is not going to be a first time, with someone with Ebola.  We had Influenza (H1N1), we had SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) – it is the same procedure,” the Acting CMO said.

She is assuring that if a person displays Ebola symptoms while on a flight, when he or she enters the airport, only the medical staff would be in contact with the individual.

“It would not be more than approximately 10, and the majority of those are health staff – those who are doing the interview and assessment, and those who are going to transfer them,” the COM added.

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