Jamaica Receives Temperature Check Machines

The health ministry says it has now acquired machines to do temperature checks at the island’s ports and will today begin training staff to use them.


Last week, Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller had announced that the country was seeking to acquire the machines in light of the threat posed by the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

Speaking in an interview on CVM television last evening, acting Chief medical officer in the health ministry, Dr. Marion Bullock Ducasse, disclosed that the machines are now in the island.

The need for the machines was further highlighted yesterday, after the arrival in the island of an American man who had recently been in Liberia, which is one of the country’s most severely affected by Ebola.

The man, who had arrived in the island with his wife on Wednesday evening, departed Jamaica yesterday afternoon.

Ducassse has insisted that he posed no threat to the public as he was not showing symptoms of Ebola.

She notes that persons carrying the virus is only contagious when they start showing symptoms.

However, yesterday’s developments prompted the Government to issue an immediate travel ban against certain persons travelling directly or indirectly from or through Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, in light of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

It said Jamaican citizens and residents, who have travelled to any of the affected countries within 28 days of their arrival in Jamaica, will be quarantined in the interest of public health and national security upon their arrival in Jamaica.

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