Health Minister in Haiti Tells Country Ebola Virus No Danger to Them

The Ebola outbreak has Haitians more than a little concerned: the country is already battling two epidemics,


cholera and chikungunya. Responding to gathering alarm the Ministry of Public Health and Population (MSPP) has put people's fears to rest by assuring them no cases have been reported in the U.S. He added likelihood of Ebola entering Haiti is almost non-existent.

Meanwhile MSPP has encouraged Haitians not to panic because a response plan has been prepared in collaboration with the international community. It will proactively prevent contact with the virus while educating the masses about methods to avoid it. MSPP informs the public ". . . transmission of the virus requires direct contact with the blood, secretions, organs or body fluids of a person . . . " But to take precaution to ensure no exposure to Ebola occurs, Minister of Health, Dr. Guillaume, has advised people to refrain from unnecessary travel to places where cases have been reported.

Special Aide to UN Secretary General in Haiti, Peter de Clercq, has attempted to calm the public's fears, by saying ". . . although the risk of introduction of Ebola in Haiti are very low, we have taken preventive measures beyond the international standards . . ." This includes safe medical authorization when entering and leaving countries where cases have been reported.

The MSPP asks Haitians not indulge in fear mongering regarding unsubstantiated rumors and only depend on government authorities for information on the Ebola virus.

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