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Tue 30th Sep 2014

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SVG Green Party calls on ULP regime to immediately ban all persons from countries with the deadly Ebola Virus Disease from entering SVG

SVG Green Party is very concerned that the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) could be brought into SVG, by persons who have passed through countries with EVD or are from countries with EVD.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has said 3,091 people have died of EVD and a total of 6,574 cases have been reported in the 6 months since the outbreak.

The action of putting people in quarantine after they have arrived in SVG is far too late, as the incubation period from time of infection to displaying symptoms is up to 21 days. A person with EVD could enter SVG and then display symptoms indicative of EVD - high fever, body aches, joint pain, vomiting, diarrhoea or haemorrhaging – weeks after being here. In that period, Vincentians could be infected with EVD.

Also, a person with EVD could infect other passengers on the aircraft with EVD. Therefore, quarantine in SVG is a useless and ineffective process of preventing EVD from entering SVG.

There is no vaccine for EVD and hospitals in SVG would find it impossible to cope with an EVD outbreak. Most Vincentians do not have the money to fly off to Cuba whenever they are ill.

A system should be set up so that airlines that fly to SVG screen their passengers. Passengers that have passed through countries with EVD in the 3 months prior to scheduled arrival in SVG, or are from countries with EVD, must not be allowed to board flights to SVG.

An outbreak of EVD would destroy our country. SVG Green Party calls on ULP regime to immediately ban all persons that have passed through countries with EVD in the 3 months prior to scheduled arrival in SVG, or are from countries with EVD, from entering SVG.

Mr Ivan O’Neal BSc (Hons), MSc, MBA
The Leader and co-founder of SVG Green Party

cc: His Excellency the Governor General of SVG
Hon. Minister of National Security
Hon. Attorney General
Hon. Minister of Health
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