Guyana on high alert in light of Ebola outbreak in DRC

In light of the new spike of Ebola cases in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Caribbean Region is at risk of the virus spreading here due to tourists traversing its various ports of entry. To this end, the World Health Organisation (WHO) is urging that all countries, including Guyana, take precautionary measures.

Guyana’s Chief Medical Officer (ag) Dr. Kay Shako, in a statement today (Saturday, July 27, 2019) cautioned that Guyana is no less safe than its Caribbean neighbours and therefore, it is imperative that measures be adopted as advised by the WHO relevant to safeguard all passengers and the country’s ports of entry.

She said, “Particularly, emphasis is always placed on monitoring civil aviation activities (International Travel) given that this medium can facilitate the movement of communicable diseases via infected passengers and thereby spreading the threat. The processes related to air travel, specifically, processes associated with outgoing passengers, incoming passengers and activities on board an aircraft can be managed to control the spread of any communicable diseases.”

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