Even here in the Caribbean, the claim is made that there has been an over-reaction with the travel ban placed on persons who have recently visited countries like Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea, where most of the cases are reported.
Given the serious threat posed by the disease, especially to small and vulnerable countries like St. Kitts and Nevis and others in the region, government leaders are now gathering to address the issue at the CARICOM level.
A special meeting of CARICOM Heads has been called for Tuesday, 4th November in Port of Spain Trinidad, to be hosted by that country’s Prime Minister, Kamla Persad-Bissessar.
The meeting is designed examine the implications and joint approach to combat both the Chikungunya virus (ChickV) and the more deadly disease, Ebola.
It is not known if the meeting will be attended by Prime Minister Dr. Denzil Douglas of St. Kitts and Nevis, who is CARICOM’s lead spokesman on Health issues. The summit will review actions that have been attempted to address the challenges to public health in the Caribbean and to determine the way forward.
Both Persad-Bissessar and Douglas had been urging other governments to meet to discuss the issue.
The Trinidad meeting comes not too long after Health Minister within the OECS had their meeting to discuss the challenges presented by the two diseases.
Also down to attend the meeting are Ministers of Health and those responsible for Foreign Affairs.