Gov’t, opposition at odds over Ebola crisis

There about 5,000 confirmed cases of Ebola according to the World Health Organization
There about 5,000 confirmed cases of Ebola according to the World Health Organization

Prime minister, Roosevelt Skerrit, has said the matter of placing a travel advisory for Ebola-stricken countries is being discussed by cabinet, while leader of the United Workers Party (UWP), Lennox Linton, has blasted the government for lagging behind other OECS countries in their approach to the deadly virus.

In recent times, several regional countries such as Antigua and Barbuda, St. Kitts, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica, Guyana, Haiti and Colombia have placed a ban on travelers from several West African countries including Sierra Leone, Guinea, Congo, Nigeria and Liberia.

Skerrit said a decision on the matter could be reached as early as next week.

Speaking on state-owned DBS Radio on Friday, Skerrit said the ministry of health has furnished the cabinet with a recommendation and it is currently being discussed.

“There is a recommendation from the ministry of health to put a travel advisory on the countries that have been badly battered by the Ebola virus,” he said. “The matter is before cabinet, we are discussing it.”

He said more consultation is needed.

“Because it is not always a decision you take lightly,” he noted. “One has to be mindful of the economic isolation of countries. Once you take a decision like that it may end up posing more challenges in confronting the Ebola virus.”

But Linton has criticized the Skerrit administration for what he deemed “a slothful and negligent approach” to the Ebola threat.

Speaking on Q95 FM Radio’s The Hot Seat programme, Linton said the threat of Ebola became apparent in March this year, yet the government did nothing significant about it until October after the UWP called for action.

He noted that it was only one day after the UWP denounced Government’s lethargic approach that officials from the Ministry of Health went public with a highly questionable statement that Domincia’s health officials were “ready” for Ebola.

He pointed out that the following day, Skerrit effectively “threw those health officials under the bus when he announced the ejection of Nigerian group ‘Flavour’ from the lineup of artistes for Dominica’s World Creole Music Festival (WCMF).”

Linton described the government’s decision to bar Flavour from performing at the festival “as a veritable knee-jerk reaction which exposed a frightening delinquency on the part of Government and pointed to Governments inability to take effective proactive action to deal with a possible health crisis.”

Skerrit said a decision on the matter could be reached by next week.

“At the end of the day one has to be mindful of the safety of our own citizens,” he said. “I think the cabinet will take a decision very shortly, as early as early next week, that is the next cabinet meeting on either to approve or disapprove the recommendation.”

The World Health Organization has said there is are nearly 5,000 confirmed and suspected case of Ebola with almost 4,500 deaths. It said there could be as many as 10,000 new cases of the deadly virus by the end of the year.

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169 Comments

  1. Trre hit de Road
    October 20, 2014

    I think in order to protect The People of Dominica there should be a Ban on people travelling from many parts of the world to Dominica. Because of the fact that Dominica really doesn’t have the recourses to contain the Ebola disease we should stop it in the Gates in any way that we can before we have to deal with a catastrophe. Banning travelers is the best place to start. What is the Prime Minister think why is he still discussing the matter. is he waiting for a dream? or is he dreaming?

    • October 21, 2014

      If we put a ban on “on people travelling from many parts of the world to Dominica”, then we’ll have even less resources to deal with anything – not just Ebola.

      That’s because it would damage the economy and hurt everyone in the country. We are only an island geographically speaking but we are dependent for our daily bread on the rest of the world. Like the whole Caribbean, we are very dependent on people visiting from outside. What we need is to not panic but come up with a reasonable plan.

      Ebola is not highly infectious. For example, the people living in the Dallas apartment of the sick man did not get the disease. It is mainly a risk to the caregivers of infected people, so we should prepare to protect those working in health care, handling bodies, or disposing of health waste.

      Let’s not lose our heads – let’s use them.

  2. CarltonDAfanatik
    October 20, 2014

    All bull………..

    There is no direct flights from Africa to Dominica.

    There is no direct flights from any major country to Dominica.

    Ebola is a virus…………so in the early days of Ebola…………how is it different from any other virus…………………it is not.

    How do you treat a virus……………..people recover from Ebola.

  3. GENOCIDE
    October 19, 2014

    The DLP Plan is to wipe us out to make way for their Chinese friends to come in… Population control…NO. Genocide since fire bombing will not work, why not let EBOLA do the work… You think Skerro joking, is Daybar Laybar we still voting… Fools :lol: :lol: :lol: Bringing Dummy in Cans to their final resting place with EBOLA… Thanks for bringing us to the NEXT LEVEL…LMAO :lol: :lol: :lol: DLP WAST OF A GOOD JOKE :lol: :lol: :lol:

  4. love I
    October 19, 2014

    Mr. Prime Minister…STOP THIS NONSENSE…….magwaysa…..Get up and smell the coffee…..do the right thing…Gosh…What is wrong with the Minister?????they moomoo?

  5. Malatete
    October 19, 2014

    It is about time we dispel the myth that we do not have an international airport.
    – the opposite of an international airport is a domestic airport (one that handles flights inside a country only, typically without customs – or immigration facilities).
    – an international airport has flights coming from- & going to other countries and therefore has customs- & immigration controls. By definition both Melville Hall and Canefield are international airports – we do not have internal flights!

    ALL flights from/to Dominica are going to/coming from airports in foreign countries.

    As an island we are ideally placed to put health controls on ALL flights coming into Dominica, regardless where they originate, especially since a considerable number of passengers will have transited at airports, without entering the countries where they are located, possibly from territories where ebola is endemic.

  6. October 19, 2014

    udohthreadyet people wasn’t dying from chikungunya the two cannot be compared

  7. Making sense out of
    October 19, 2014
  8. Making sense out of
    October 19, 2014

    Well ebola is in Dallas so people travelling from the US should also be banned :( or Dallas at least.

    • Mark
      October 19, 2014

      You Moron. There’s not an outbreak in the US. There’s only 2 people infected with the virus right now. How can you compare the US cases with west Africa where there are thousands of infected people. SMH

  9. sac souwi
    October 19, 2014

    PlEase. Mr skerrit I’m pleading with you as an old mother we cannot take the risk with these africans coming here this ebola virus is too deally put the ban on them otherwise is in the mountains or underground we will all have to run to escape

    • Anonymous
      October 20, 2014

      It looks like you has an Afican issue. It is not just Africans that this Ebola is affecting all nations are included in this deadly infection.

  10. Anon Again
    October 19, 2014

    I’ve found this debate on ebola very fascinating. Unfortunately, as seems to be the norm, most of us get emotional without giving much thought or properly informing ourselves. The World Health Organization has advised AGAINST a travel ban, the Caribbean Regional Public Health Agency has also advised against a travel ban, the United States, which has direct flights to all the infected countries has stated quite clearly it will not ban travel from these countries, yet we talk of banning people, we have even banned a Nigerian band, Nigeria which has had a grand total of 8 deaths and has controlled the ebola spread. And while St. Vincent and St. Lucia have announced bans on the three West African states, Barbados has made it clear it won’t follow suit. I must congratulate Barbados.
    Let’s consider what we’re saying here. Suppose we ban the people from these three countries from coming to Dominica, what are we likely to achieve?
    There are no direct flights from any of these countries to Dominica and the number who travel here normally are slim to none. So what’s the point?
    Secondly, are we really protecting ourselves from ebola by banning them? How about the people who come here, who are not from any of these countries but are likely in contact with them? How about the Americans, the British, the Canadian? Must we ban them as well? What if a Dominica goes abroad and somehow contract the virus? Will be ban him/her?

    What we need to do is to ensure we have the proper equipment in place, that we do the relevant training and we prepare in the unlikely event we get a case of ebola. We know it’s extremely difficult to contract the virus. Let’s not all get into a wild panic and begin acting irrationally. Which is what Mr. Linton seems to want us to do, which is what the prime minister did when he banned the Nigerian band. Both irrational, neither leading when it comes to ebola

  11. South East
    October 18, 2014

    DOMINICA DOES NOT HAVE AN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, SO THESE PEOPLE MUST PASS THROUGH ANOTHER COUNTRY BEFORE COMING TO US. SO WE BANNING CARIBBEAN PEOPLE THEN. IF THEY ARE BANNED BY THOSE WITH INTL AIRPORTS WHERE THE HELL THEY WILL PASS TO COME HERE.SMDH

    • wooops health worker
      October 19, 2014

      this disease takes up to 21 days before symptoms begin to surface , someone could travel the world with this disease before the symptoms surfaces.

    • October 19, 2014

      There’s still countries hasn’t place bann on these outbreak eboLA West Africa countries St.Maateen, Puerto Rico, Barbados all these countries have direct flight to Dominica our government should be considered , remember doesn’t mean because high fever is not detected is okay because it takes 21 days before this symptom shows.so our government should place bann as well

    • October 19, 2014

      @South East there’s countries like Puerto Rico,St. Marteen, Barbados, Martinique, Quadeloupe, these countries haven’t placed bann and they have direct flight and direct ferry to Dominica, screaning for fever is not 100% safe because if you contacted someone got eboLA 2 to 5 days fever will not detect when that ebola victim screaned at the airport the symptoms will not show immediately study shows it takes 21 days before fully infected with eboLA we should be at the safe side than sorrow our government should place bann as well.

    • UDOHREADYET
      October 19, 2014

      thank you for your comment! I said the same two weeks ago to explain why it’s not a issue for Dominicans because every international flight to Dominica has to be filtered through an outside international airport so not having an international airport (in this case) is a blessing!

  12. ozzzzz
    October 18, 2014

    alas :cry: :(

  13. LAPLEE
    October 18, 2014

    Dominica leads, others follow. Opps. Others lead and Dominica follow.

  14. October 18, 2014

    Considering DA does not own an International airport and i read in one of your comments by Llinton that the other islands took great steps in banning them so folks it is simple how can they get in when they are not allowed to get into these ports then D A is safe. You know empty barrels make the most noise Linton is an empty barrel along with the other stupidees

    • Helas!!!
      October 19, 2014

      Are you aware as to if intransit passengers are checked, or are you proving your idiocity?

      If you are going to comment , then inform yourself fully and then make a meaningful contribution for your countries sake.
      Stop spewing hate politics, we are all Dominicans we say but some are dual citizens and may not have the same concern about those in the kitchen.
      thank you.

    • BELZBOB
      October 19, 2014

      I will not go as far as to say he’s an empty barrel. I think he’s an intelligent person. That’s why he’s able to use these opportunities to his political advantage.
      That being said, I do not agree with him on this point. I have to agree the the PM here. We can’t just go along banning countries from out ports. It has to be a well thought out decision.

      Just want to say, that if the PM had came out and banned countries from the get go, I bet you they would be saying that he didn’t take the time to think it through.

      Politics; what a wonderful game.

    • aa
      October 19, 2014

      No ban on the french countries

  15. October 18, 2014

    Please be vigilant.one of the nurses who discarded Mr Duncan’s soiled clothes took a cruise.and is isolated on the ship.just ban this ship and flights which has any way been around any Ebola stricken country.

  16. Is this reallyChange
    October 18, 2014

    The truth is this is just pure politics. Politicians seize on any thing during an election season to gain points and that goes for both the opposition and the ruling party. This is no exception. The first thing is, should anyone from these countries with Ebola, decide to come to DA, they have to go through one of the countries that was mention of having a ban on travelling for Ebola ridden countries. Surely, the opposition and the Govt. must know that hence DA should be in no hurry for there is no imminent threat to DA. Interestingly, we aren’t talking about countries like USA with cases of Ebola that is more of a threat to DA. The question should be what are our capabilities should a case of Ebola be discovered in DA? Lets us all put our party politics aside and stop that fear mongering to allow our people to make educated and decisive decisions.

  17. Ras B
    October 18, 2014

    It is palpably obvious that Skerritt and his government are clueless with regards to Ebola. Can you imagine more developed, infact, first world countries are struggling to deal with the disease, people who were suspected of being exposed were forced to remain in their homes by the American government, yet we hear our minister of health telling us that D/ca is ready for Ebola. N.B. It is this same health ministry which was unable to cope with leptospirosis (a condition treatable with penicillin but which led to deaths in D/ca), Chick V in which at least 40% of the Dominican population became infected. Now they are beating up their chest and say they ready for Ebola, which kills at least 50% of those it affects. Can you imagine this disease hitting our little 60,000 people in Dominica. It would virtually wipe out D/Ca.

    So unless the government’s intention is to render D/ca a waste land, it should exercise prudent risk management by decreasing the risk of Ebola visiting our shores. I suggest that not only should the government issue a travel advisory but they should also ban WCMF, Creole in the park and scale down on the Independence festivities and Carnival next year. To do anything less would be tantamount to risking the lives of Dominicans, alternatively, if the Government continues to support these activities you could vote against them by not attending those events which though less effective in risk management than the complete ban, it would be a step in the right direction.

  18. committed Dominican
    October 18, 2014

    Am really fed up with skerrit and his gang. Either these guys have no clue on running a government or they are just plain wicked. One day we will be delivered from Pharaoh.

  19. UDOHREADYET
    October 18, 2014

    First of all the Ebola virus is not in Dominica so there is no crisis to address. second precautionary steps are now (October) being taken by most countries and just because other countries made decisions early because their economies are almost entirely tourism based Dominica should not just ‘follow fashion’. A methodical, proactive and sensible approach should be exercised which is what is being done at the moment… at least it seems that way. What if every country in the world put a ban on travel from Dominica because of Chikungunya virus? What then. In the global context politics and governments can be vindictive. Lennox is short sighted, reactionary and looking to score political points at the expense of sensibility and good governance. The only way to effectively prevent such an epidemic from coming to Dominica is if we ban travel from every country in the world, because someone from Liberia can travel to the US then Antigua then DA, or Sierra Leone to Bahamas then Trinidad then DA. The opposition thinks that their only job is to oppose… please do something, offer materials, training and information to healthcare workers and the general public. Instead of constantly chasing after the prime minister like an ex girlfriend with a gwos pwell!!

    • Helas!!!
      October 19, 2014

      I would advise you change your name to “clueless”

  20. David
    October 18, 2014

    @whoistoblame–The man that died in the Arik plane that came from Nigeria to the US did not have ebola. Please do your research well. And for your information, it was an American who naturalised in Liberia (Patrick Sawyer) that deliberately brought ebola to Nigeria; but that is history now. There is NO more ebola in Nigeria. It has been tackled. The Nigerian government has spent millions of US dollars to assist nations that are striken with ebola–like Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Those nations also asked for manpower assistance and Nigerian health officers had volunteered to go to those nations. Please check these facts. I am sure the government of Nigeria will be more than ready to assist any Caribbean nation that requests for help in terms of manpower, kits and money to curtail ebola. Nigeria has been doing that for the ebola-striken countries of West Africa, and will do same to any other country that solicits for her help.

    • What for
      October 19, 2014

      Thank You So much..Well Said

    • duchess
      October 19, 2014

      Finally, I read a factual response. The article seem to lack global information. Nigeria, is free from Ebola and even the US government gave kudos to Nigeria on how they handled the disease. Stop putting Nigeria in the midst of your stupidity, Mr. Linton. Read the facts! What message are you sending to Nigerian medical students in Dominica?

    • Malgraysa
      October 20, 2014

      For your information David there are many Liberians with “American” names. This is because they are descendants of freed American slaves, who went back to Africa to set up a Free country (the meaning of Liberia is exactly that, freedom!). They even adopted the U.S.$. as their official currency ans started lording it over the indigenous people that were already there. If you want to see a conspiracy in that be my guest but in that case it must start with those reborn African brothers.

      • David
        October 20, 2014

        @ Malgraysa. Patrick Sawyer was an American who came to Liberia with his late sister. Both of them got naturalized but they are dead now. The sister was the first to die of ebola. Patrick Sawyer’s mother, wife and children are still living in USA. I know all about the stuff you mentioned. I know about the origin of the name Liberia, and also know about Freetown of Sierra Leone.

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  21. October 18, 2014

    Is the pm god no matter what any pm do if Ebola has to reach any country it will u all don’t read all u bible we are in the last days what we have to do is pray and proper yourself to meet our maker and stop blaiming the pm for things he have no control of .

  22. CLEANSE
    October 18, 2014

    Over a month ago St.Vincent implemented a travel ban on people from the regions that are sticken with the Ebola virus. That action showed the people of St. Vincent how much their government cares for them. While the cabinet is debating the matter people are travelling freely to Dominica from those countries and the virus could in Dominica already.

    What is the PM trying to do, see how many Dominicans that will not be around to vote against them in the up coming elections? He does everything else without informing the people, why for something so important he is discussing it with cabinet.

  23. What for
    October 18, 2014

    ANd did you guys hear in the news that someone died in germany and another being treated in germany on EBola..Most of our visitors to Dominica are germans, and they usually pass through Guadlope and Martnique to reach DA….Boi Boi…Ok now lets stop WCMF, stop talking about Ban and lets start to pray World Prayer and gospelMusic Festival…Bring pastors choir leaders…That is all that could save us…Because this shit is getting out of control that banning a particular country might not be enough
    http://kfor.com/2014/10/14/un-worker-dies-of-ebola-in-germany/

  24. hmmmmm
    October 18, 2014

    these people never stop fighting unite its Dominica not lennox or Skerrit disease try and for once put politics aside and find a way to help our country the PM need to step up man and whta about the ross students africans are they still coming in ?

  25. mon
    October 18, 2014

    You lot should be more cleaver than that. Every country has there own system. Now look at the UK in a case like that a COBRA meeting is called, where all the MPs meet in the house of Commons. Tell me what is the problem with the PM calling in the cabinet, stop being too hasty the government will take the right decisions depending on the situation at hand because they themselves have a family. Stop being so negative towards the government. Here in the UK we just wait that’s all. And at the end of it all the PM Is the one to have the final say and inform the country of the decision. It is a grave situation but the government will not put its citizens at risk. Thank God I don’t support any government cause I would be getting histerical like you lot.

  26. Bushmaninad
    October 18, 2014

    Come on Dominicans we need to get real. We all agree, Dominican’s health infrastructure is not in a position to deal with Ebola and all that it entails. We can ill afford the implementation ineffective solutions. A blanket ban on individuals traveling from Ebola stricken west African countries serve only to placate a genuine desire to do something. In reality this ban does very little to reduce to chance of the virus entering Dominica. The overwhelming majority of non nationals entering our ports do not come from these west African countries. Statistically, an Ebola carrier is more likely to enter Dominica from North America or Europe or Latin America than from west Africa. It very unlikely that we will be calling for a blanket travel ban from these regions.
    As the Government of Dominica contemplate its actions for reducing the chances of the virus entering The Nature Island it should consider among it highest priority the need to evaluate the health of individuals( checking for symptoms of illness) as they enter the country. One simple way to do that is to monitor the body temperature of persons entering Dominica (this currently being done at some airports in the United States). Dominica, by virtue of the small volume of port entries is able to be very thorough in this regard. In addition, we may want to consider visa requirement that include a 21 day medical certification to cover the incubation period of the virus.
    The matter of crew ship visitors must also be addressed. Mexico has recent refused landing rights to a U S crew ship. Will we to allow entry to any and every body on a crew ship.
    Given the gravity of the situation, we cannot expect the government to act by following the crowd. The matter must be duly considered.
    Should the cabinet return to tell us that they plan a blanket ban on travel from west Africa as the solution to the problem, I will be very disappointed. We need meaningful solutions. I trust I will not be disappointed.

  27. Michael Davis
    October 18, 2014

    This article and the pretend dispute between opposing political sides for POLITICAL REASONS – Ebola as Politics – is discussing!

    People are dying. BUT YOU POLITICIANS are trying to make political mileage. Let government and the health experts do there jobs. YOU HAVE NO RESPONSIBILITY BUT TO TALK – AND TALK YOU DO.

    Why don’t you try some positive action besides the constant negative reactionary diarrhea of the mouth?

  28. natural dominican
    October 18, 2014

    What is the delay about. Dominica does not have the resources to deal with ebola. The other Caribbean countries have recognize lack of resources and have taken necessary steps.

  29. Fair and Simple
    October 18, 2014

    I think that I would feel much more protected and confident that Ebola would not make its way here if Linton had said that the government should put a ban on people coming from America, as at present this seems to be the hot spot for Ebola. He should go further and say that we should ban all food imports from America as they may infect our food with Ebola because he is always looking for ways to inject hysteria among the population.

  30. jomo
    October 18, 2014

    Ebola victim, I am going to Dominica—-England USA Antigua , then Dominica. Boy , boy boy ,way papa.

  31. October 18, 2014

    IF that’s what will make the people happy..then give it to them but as I said in a previous comment it’s a very tricky situation and all banning the people from the hot spots in West Africa might do is allow the authority in DA to prepare as best as they can and delay the disease from getting to their shores.
    The world is a small place and we can’t behave like DA is on planet mars.
    So hope for the best but you got to prepare for the worst,and should the worst not show up,then thank GOD.
    As is the case here in America.These folks do not travel from Africa direct to America,and I would think it’s the same for the Caribbean.So the authority down there would have to ban flights coming from Europe and else where in order to keep these folks out.
    I remember talking to some Nigerians who wanted to go to the U.S but had no visas and so in other for them to get closer,they decided to get to the Caribbean. They got unto a plane from their country to London,then unto France,from France unto Mexico,from Mexico to Cuba,from Cuba unto ST. Martin.
    So here we go,the authority would have to ban flights from all of these countries in order to keep these folks out.And if they really want to get there, there really isn’t much standing in their way,especially the Nigerians,they could get you any sought of document that you ask for,do not forget that’s one of the most corrupt nation on the face of planet earth.
    All in all..take max precaution people but do not forget,what you fear that’s what usually overtakes you..
    Look to JAHOVAH instead for protection and guidance.And HE will give to you the peace to weather the Ebola storm.

  32. Tall is her body
    October 18, 2014

    The cruise season is set to begin on the month end, as well as Creole in the Park and WCMF…My question is what happens when less than suspecting individuals arrive here from the States – Dallas or Ohio who may have had contacts with someone who is infected with the Ebola virus? Remember people move far and wide in the US. Also what happens to persons arriving on yachts, how are their faeces disposed of in our waters? What screening measures are there for persons arriving on the Ports..have the ministry of health ordered infrared thermometers?

  33. October 18, 2014

    Is the pm god if ebola has to reach in dominca or any country no pm cant stop it all we have to do is preper our seives cant u all see we live in the last days read your bibles that should be our main concern now and stop blaiming the pm for things he have no control of.

  34. zammy
    October 17, 2014

    Truth be told this government has never had regard for the opposition . This government has always shown little or no respect for the opposition…. They have been on a joy ride unopposed and even to carefree at times. Now that the opposition got some clout n some testicular fortitude , the government is on its toes.
    There is always need to seek the help and views of the opposition on matters of state. In the case of Ebola, that’s an international crisis therefore all hands must be on deck. No need to use Ebola to gain political points….. If the government fails to consult the opposition on such matter, well it’s the opposition business to have them on their toes………..
    The pm and his government should be obsess with fighting ebola instead of being all over the place trying to fool pool Dominicans for votes…..
    Dominica is already so laid back n like an international free port please put things in place to deal with ebola…. Stop the Ole talk now educate the peeps bout ebola not how to be safe……. what about a control center…
    Want to hear the voices of the chief medical officer not health experts.

  35. Jayson
    October 17, 2014

    The choice is : Ban or BE BANNED.

    Let them even SUSPECT a case of Ebola exists in Dominica, especially after the WCMF when all those flu like symptoms take a hold of the place, and you’ll see how quickly a travel advisory will be placed against Dominica.

    If there’s one time we should jump on the bandwagon and follow our Caribbean neighbours, it’s now.

  36. Anonymous
    October 17, 2014

    The once upon a time ‘Novice’ turned doctor and Epidemiologist has spoken. LoL!

  37. Shameless
    October 17, 2014

    “There are two kinds of fools: those who can’t change their opinions and those who won’t.”
    Josh Billings
    Unfortunately for us in Dominica our dear PM fits the description above. Skerro knows that LLL is correct but simply will spin, duck and weave because he fell asleep at the wheel. First he threw Colin and Tim-tim under the Ebola Bus but forgot to grab control of the wheel and steer the bus directly. Now LLL and Team Dca (UWP) are crying out in the interest of country first – which he Skerro constantly preaches- he and his disciples are mad at LLL. Imagine that!

    Dominicans, STOP comparing the actions (or lack thereof) of the USA to Dca reference the travel ban. Let no one fool you, America may not be perfect but their resources are endless so it is time we put politics aside and tell Skerro cabinet or no cabinet impose the travel restrictions. Matter of fact, since when we had a cabinet under Skerro? I myself doh want to die from Ebola. I want to see elections because I want to see those corrupt leaders go to stockfarm well fitted in their dungaree uniforms. Hence another reason why Change Is A Must!

    Assertive, NOT Aggressive! :mrgreen:

  38. i say dat
    October 17, 2014

    Rubbish. Who made lennox linton an authority on anything? Lethargic is the attitude of his party where the governance of this country is concerned. Having spent 14 years outside of the house of parliament and running a political circus on the street corners of roseau. Lennox linton and his party has contributed nothing by way of reasonable proposal or rebuttal to government’s policies. Lethargic is lennox linton’s approach to putting forward suitable candidates to represent the interests of dominican people hence his inability at subsequent embarrassment at finding a candidate to run the cottage constituency. Lennox linton is in no position to give advice to anybody in this country. Go back to your perch in Q95 and do what u do best. Babble and be angry.

  39. A Doubting Thomas
    October 17, 2014

    I heard in a responsible newscaster today said that people in his country are more likely to die from the FLU than EBOLA. I am in total agreement with that and I will add that we in Dominica are more likely to die from the Flu and pneumonia or a traffic accident than from EBOLA.

    We are told how EBOLA is spread. If everyone of us individually take all the precautions as directed by the Department of Health and the Government we will be safe.

    We all know we a small developing country; we should not think or wish that we would get such a disease. The opposition must be more responsible and get their information from the people in charge. We know where the disease comes from and sadly help and preventive measures did not come soon enough for them. Why is any one guess. But we know what to look for and we are in a better position than those in the affected countries.

    Luckily for us anyone coming to our shores will have to pass at least two countries before coming to Dominica and hopefully would be screened.

    Aren’t we happy that there are no direct flight to the soon to be named Douglas Charles Airport in Dominica from any of the countries where EBOLA h=

    Sometimes it helps not having an International Airport and this is one of times. All who want to say or compare what the other countries are doing think about. There risks are greater than ours at the moment.

  40. Worried like hell...
    October 17, 2014

    I was just thinking…………World Creole Music Festival!! Wow!!! Robbery is becoming the order of the day eh??? Dominica is really becoming ‘lawless’???? Hhmmmm….story of three persons (two women and a male driver) offered four ‘white tourists’ a ride to Portsmouth and proceeded to exit the main road into a side road where they pulled them out, beat them up and robbed them then left them there and drove away?? My goodness………Dominica is being attacked by violence and theft and threatened by Ebola for Creole Fest but THEY WILL NOT CANCEL IT EH!!!!No, they won’t!!! Why??????? It will spoil their election plans!!!!! All the freeness and all the persons flying in under the guise of the WCMF but really coming to vote!!! Hhhmmmmm…… Let’s wait and see!!!! We are in trouble!!!!!

  41. Blue Goat
    October 17, 2014

    I didn’t know linton was pm :mrgreen: he will never be not even in his dreams!

  42. amy
    October 17, 2014

    Is your minister of health in the medical field?, what does he know about diseases, is skerrit in the medical field, who advises him on contagious diseases, if the minister of health is not medical how can he give advise. The people of DA put politics before their health, pray to skerrit because if Ebola reaches DA, the same tongue gonna curse skerrit, may GOD have mercy on the elderly and babies.

  43. @
    October 17, 2014

    Lennox has Skerrit Bar Zoo De. CAVAL!

    • GENOCIDE
      October 19, 2014

      FOOLISH…This is not the time for politrix, go put on a pink panty since you so hate the red one

  44. ?????????
    October 17, 2014

    Very poor response from skerrit… apparently hartley henry didnt uave time help him with that one. why is it that all the other caribbean countries have placed bans and we have not even discussed it yet….it baffles me… what is skerrits biggest govt in the caribbean doin??? sittin on their buts whole day???

  45. The Facts
    October 17, 2014

    Canada does not have a ban. However, Canada is financially assisting. I heard on the News that the UN secretary asked Canada to double its assistance. Canada had given $35M. Canada’s PM gave another $30M to the UN to assist in fighting the Ebola crisis in West Africa. This brings the amount to $65M. No doubt the US and other countries have also contributed an exorbitant sum.
    Canada has also sent Ebola vaccines, still in the testing stages to Africa.
    Hats off to our Canadian PM. All this is from Canadian taxpayers’ money.
    Four Toronto hospitals are designated as Ebola referral hospitals; probably 10 throughout the country in each Province.
    Should there be a case or more, those who will be caring for Ebola patients, will not be allowed to care for other patients. This is a smart decision.
    All in all, every government has to meet with their cabinet in order to discuss this vital issue and then make a wise decision in this case, should they ban nationals from those affected areas or not.

  46. Question
    October 17, 2014

    Where are the experts on this matter? Are they in the ministry of Health or in the Cabinet? what is wrong with going with what the experts have recommended? Does every decision have to be made by the PM? That makes it sound like everyone else in DA is incompetent.

    • Anonymous
      October 18, 2014

      I am beginning to wonder which Ebola is worse, is it the Ebola from West Africa of the Ebola from Texas and the US.

      There is great cry to ban the African countries named as Ebola countries, yet there is no outcry to ban those from Texas and US by extension?

      I am just wondering whether Ebola from the US is more civilised than that of West Africa. My point is, if we are to immediately ban those emanating from Africa why not ban those from America. Why is Linton not calling for a ban from the US, is there double standard and is he afraid of the repercussion from the US?

    • rasta for-i
      October 18, 2014

      U got that right.. Two thumbs up….well said. Demetri alone he telling stuff….lol…

    • UDOHREADYET
      October 18, 2014

      The article clearly states in 4 different paragraphs that the Prime minister is consulting with the cabinet which consulted with the Ministry of health. It also states that the cabinet will vote on the matter. Nothing in that article states that the prime minister is the sole person making the decision.

      • Anonymous
        October 19, 2014

        Don’t you know that Skerrit IS the cabinet? His decision is alwyays final. Democracy died with that man.

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  47. The mouth
    October 17, 2014

    This very sad to observe. Ebola is a very serious virus and politicians are behaving irresponsibly. The reality is that there is very little traffic between Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leona and the Caribbean. Nigeria has brought this epidemic under control. Then why ban these countries?
    To give us a false sense of security.
    If you have been in contact with an Ebola patient, why would you come to the Caribbean, when we go to the US in our thousands for treatment.
    If Ebola arrives in the Caribbean, it is statistical more likely to come from a North American or European. With the exception of one case, all the victims of Ebola outside of West Africa have been westerners. Our governments could never afford to ban a westerner, so they divert our attention to people who rarely come to the region.
    The best way to stop the spread of Ebola is to treat the victims in their countries. That’s where the international focus should be. Banning someone who is desparate to leave, will only result in people seeking alternative routes to get treatment. If that happens it will be impossible to trace those who have been in contact with Ebola.
    What I would like to hear from any of these governments is what they plan to do if a case of Ebola arrives. That’s what we should be asking. If we fail to ask that question we are all Iiving in a fools paradise.

    • John Paul
      October 17, 2014

      you come to the Caribean to relax and getaway from that high intensive job just like the man on the Carnival cruise ship in Belize who was in contact with Mr. duncan

      • The mouth
        October 19, 2014

        The American man?

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    • Just Saying
      October 18, 2014

      You make the most sense

    • anonymous
      October 18, 2014

      Excelent analysis.

    • Anonymous
      October 18, 2014

      They should be blacklisted from coming here.
      Even if there is very little traffic between the caribbean and west africa, the fact is they do still come here, and it really only takes once case to spread it.

    • Not too wise
      October 18, 2014

      It is heartening to read such an enlightened comment while some of our imbecilic leaders rush to implement travel bans that are at best ineffective, and are more likely counter-productive, under the guise that they are protecting their people.

    • hugo
      October 18, 2014

      I agree with you…the decision to be taken is a merely imitation of independent decision making. There are nothing to discuss really…all peers (St Lucia, Antigua etc) already made their minds up and Dominica as always trying to create an impression that there are some intellectual logical reasoning.
      Regarding preparation for Ebola – there are no such thing in Dominica as planning and risk management. Minister of Health already said that the island is ready for Ebola. I guess Ministry of Health should be renamed in Ministry of Science Fiction..otherwise where are all those measures which constitute the preparedness for Ebola such as:
      1) sufficient stock of hazmat suits
      2) comprehensive medical wards to isolate victims
      3) drills and live training for health professionals
      4) coordination of police and health workers
      5) detailed instructions for civilians of things to do and not to do once outbreak happens
      6) What is your plan if Ebola arrives with cruise ships during the season?

  48. saint
    October 17, 2014

    i just cannot understand why fools like truth will be revel, Real and the likes are not removing the red cloth from their eye and see that the govt is just not a proactive set of people.

    what economical benefit that VALUE our safety

  49. October 17, 2014

    I’m sick of Linton now give the PM a chance let him do his work the U.S. haven’t even put a ban in place yet Tortola Premiere is in cabinet discussing the matter Linton u are not the PM stand back please

    • John Paul
      October 17, 2014

      You are not the Opposition so let Mr. Linton’s do His thing ,You stand down!

    • October 18, 2014

      Don’t be stupid and take that sort of talk and wash it down the drain, USA is much more advance than Dominica and can move faster they have the resource we don’t so that’s a very poor example, you may not care but I do care about my Dominican people and therefore I cannot put politic before them.. Linton will be in your face for a long time remember it was your PM that invited him in the ring so get your facts before you make any comments.
      Amd just in case you don’t know what the objective of any Opposition is it’s to remind the GOVT of the of their duties.

    • Anonymous
      October 18, 2014

      so what your a full don’t you see your pm waiting on the UWP to tell him what to do tell your pm and the rest kids move out the way to let people do the work that Dominicans need

    • Xcuse Me?
      October 18, 2014

      @ So What, My only regret is my parents gave me same nationality as you all and that I cannot change. people like you are the number one reason why Dominica is so damn backward. You mean to tell me because Lennox and other sensible and concerned Dominicans are not the PM the should just shut up and have no say? You sure sould like you belong to another planet.

    • dafriend
      October 18, 2014

      Mr.Linton is absolutely right. Skerrit will be moving eventually but then it’s probably to late already. The DLP government is useless!!!

  50. shaka zulu
    October 17, 2014

    I want to know what economic impact would a ban on travel on affected by Dominica have on these countries. What a joke. All I will say is Dominica cannot afford to have that virus reach its shore. Contrary to what the ministry said we are no way capable of dealing with this infectious disease. I pray it never makes it home.

  51. joy
    October 17, 2014

    why is always a fight between the Government and opposition.? each on trying to gain political points. why does the opposition always oppose? why cant they both agree on SOME things for once?

    • The Facts
      October 17, 2014

      Good question. The opposition is not interested in agreeing with the PM. They are too bent on critiquing the PM at every step he takes and every decision he makes. They are trying to project to nationals that the PM is not performing his job. The manner in which the opposition acts, they are unfair to the PM.
      The opposition is overstepping its bounds. I will repeat the words, “They are not the PM.” So step aside.

    • John Paul
      October 17, 2014

      you seem to have forgotten what a Democracy is.The Opposition is just that!.Did Charles Savarin agree with Patrick John? no !

    • famalay
      October 18, 2014

      that is y we it have oppisition

  52. reginia
    October 17, 2014

    OK

  53. LOVE
    October 17, 2014

    people who have recently visited the stated countries as well as those who have visited Dallas or Spain or any other country where multiple cases have been detected should fall under the banned, quarantined or closely monitored grouping. and this should be done tonight thus being in place tomorrow.
    America can barely afford to continue with a somewhat open policy, we cant afford it at all. up to today there was/is no screening at the ports. There is a nurse giving out material advising that we wash out hands with soap!!
    Love for common sense!!!!!

  54. Xcuse Me?
    October 17, 2014

    Folks, here is the deal. Let us digest and compare the views of PM Skerrit of Dominica, to that of Kieth Mitcell of Grenada, as it relates to Ebola and its economic threat, and you tell me which one makes sense and which one sounds like that of a boy that has absolutely no clue of economics.

    1. PM Skerrit: “Because it is not always a decision you take lightly,” he noted. “One has to be mindful of the economic isolation of countries. Once you take a decision like that it may end up posing more challenges in confronting the Ebola virus.”

    2. Kieth Mitchell of Grenada: The Keith Mitchell government said that the measure is being discussed against the “background that there is no readily available vaccine to protect ones-self against the disease, no available medicines to treat the condition and the recognition that the introduction of one case of the disease could potentially undermine the health and financial infrastructure of the country”.

    • @
      October 17, 2014

      Skerrit does not have the intellect of the other leaders. HE IS A DUNCE.

    • ########
      October 18, 2014

      Skerrit is an idiot, smart individuals can see that. get point on your comment.

  55. Barb-Sepant
    October 17, 2014

    Where was Linton when we had SARS in 2003, where was he when we had H1N1 in 2009? Did he learn so much then, that he has become the expert/consultant for Ebola in 2014? SMFH!

    • John Paul
      October 17, 2014

      are You an expert Sir? or better yet You are an expert on who is an expert and who is not?

    • Future
      October 17, 2014

      He Mr. Linton was not ask to be put into the election arena. Now he is here and speaking out because the PM is dragging his two left foot.
      Mr. Linton is an action man! All other OECS Islands are on the move what are we waiting on? To come and talk about Venezuela and all those spring Projects that just springing up after 15yrs.

  56. Anonymous
    October 17, 2014

    well drastic steps are needed now mr pm which discuss again. When you must discuss u do not discuss is out of it decision is needed now. But doh worry folks Alba countries meeting soon he will do what ever they say. he not man to move before ALBA like how vinci and the rest members did

  57. WHO VEX VEX
    October 17, 2014

    Say one say two
    It is really a plus not to have an international airport at this current time.
    If all countries in the Caribbean have restrictions, well how d hell will ebola reach Dominica when we don’t have straight flights from the ebola ridden countries.
    Passengers must past through the ebola restriction countries to arrive at our shores.
    Think about it.
    And I think that’s the same thing thats going through the government minds

    • Anonymous
      October 17, 2014

      Stupid, do St. Vincent, St. Lucia, Grenada and so on have direct flights from W. Africa?

    • Ravine
      October 17, 2014

      Then why would there be a hesitation to just say we are following suit? what economic impact would that ban have?
      we know of the political impact it could have on overseas voters,, that’s all

  58. listen
    October 17, 2014

    A stitch in time saves nine. There is going to be more economic hardship if everyone in the country is sick. Be proactive than being reactive. Ban these people coming now. The writing is on the wall, big countries have banned these countries, what are we waiting for. This is not waiting in the Doctors office. This is Emergency room.

    Dominicans are too laid back, including the Prime Minister.
    This situation is urgent. I’m a Dominican living in the USA
    working in the medical field. They are training us and everyday we are updated on what to look for and what to expect concerning this virus, which is not a joke. Dominica is not prepared for this, because up to now they have not plan in place. Dominica is like a sitting dock if they don’t act NOW!! Make hay while the sun shines. WHAT ARE WE WAITING FOR WHITH LESS THAN 70,000 PEOPLE.

  59. Pittsburgh Dominican
    October 17, 2014

    Put the restrictions in place. Dominica and probably the Caribbean as a whole does not have the resources to deal with an outbreak of this virus. better safe than sorry.

  60. October 17, 2014

    It is not Mr. Linton’s fault if he is always at the forefront.. In any situation,when the situation demands it , a Leader will always arise and emerge to meet the challenge or the crisis that confronts or threatens lives or property. Instead of criticising lennox for seizing the initiative we should be proud as dominicans that we have someone like who is a Leader in his own rights . If our Govt. Leadership is tardy on such a time like this and lennox is always in front then why be peevish about that. It is very easy to be the leader in fair weather but it takes someone who is ready before the eye can blink to rise and emerge to lead. any reasonable person will see that our Govt is till tardy in dealing with the ebola issue.

  61. joe
    October 17, 2014

    Lennox i guess you will suggest a ban on the Cruise season as well, cause the ‘Same’ Ebola is in the United States and Europe.

    All now there is a possibility that America may well have over 200 infected, what do we do Genius Lennox what do we do???

    Let’s just close off our ports – no one in no one out!!!! What are your thoughts???

  62. Morihei Ueshiba
    October 17, 2014

    Skerrit bury your ego and follow linton lead, u only delaying cause Linton say so put politics aside the man is right.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=xUBpoyKxArU

  63. October 17, 2014

    There is no travel ban in America where the victim die and others in the health care system are infected. They have asked the CDC for a ban on nationals coming from the Ebola hot zones and what does America has in place, screening of the nationals when they arrive in the US. Dominicans give the Prime mInister a break. That virus has been in Africa for a long time and is only now the world is taking a stand because the health care workers are being affected. I support a ban but in the meantime we must discriminate.

    • ########
      October 18, 2014

      comparing what the US does to what Dominica does, stupidity at its best.

    • mindful
      October 19, 2014

      This virus is mutating faster than the old time Ebola you heard of long ago. The CDC cant even catch up to this one!!! So there is a secret behind this one. Lets wait to hear.!!!

  64. Dominica First
    October 17, 2014

    DNO, when you put a pic like that here, it can be interpreted to mean we have ebola in Dominica. Look someone called me asking me where in Dominica is that. Come again

    • The Facts
      October 17, 2014

      You made me laugh. That someone did not read the article and not the entire one for that matter. You should have told the person to take time to read the article in its entirety.

  65. Cyrique
    October 17, 2014

    Ebola has been around for some time. Why the panic? A ban is pointless at this stage. Anyone can catch a flight from one of the stricken Countries to France then on to Guadeloupe. Should we ban people travelling from Guadeloupe ? We need a well thought strategy to deal with the protection of our citizens and visitors to our beautiful Island. The PM is an intelligent man. Thank God he’s not one to panic and make rash decisions. Others can learn the do’s and dont’s of a leader from him. Let us pray that it does not spread to the Region and that it is contained and eradicated very soon. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims of Ebola and the grieving and suffering family, especially the young children they’ve left behind. Let us pray. God bless DOMINICA

  66. Views Expressed
    October 17, 2014

    Is the Prime Minister suffering from some lapse of memory, knowledge, protocol and lack of consultancy ???so
    Skerrit , you are the one who jump on th band wagon two days after your health minister and his team said that “WE ARE PREPARED TO ADDRESS EBOLA”…TWO DAYS later SKERRIT CALL PRESS CONFERENCE TALKING NONESENSE WENT OVER HIS HEALTH AUTHORITY AND MINISTER`S HEADs AND AS USUAL DO HIS OWN BUSINESS……
    SKERRIT ….YOU ARE REALLY THE OUT GOING PRIME MININISTER……
    CHANGE IS A MUST
    TEAM DOIMINICA FOR EFFECTIVE HEALTH CARE MANAGEMENT

  67. DFR
    October 17, 2014

    Belle is correct ! All these islands are just trying to be politically correct. Last time I checked coming to DA from one of these African countries islands is like going thru a maze. It is more probable that someone would come in indirectly from a non- African country. We should be more concerned with creating a quarantine facility just in case. In the mean time let us pray for everyone affected !

  68. FAST N FURIOUS
    October 17, 2014

    Mr. really thinks he is the PM. Toujou devant con te’te’.
    Or maybe he just like to hear his supporters say, Lennox said it first; One of his political games.
    If the PM had just come out and put a ban on those West African countries he and his supporters would have called the PM a dictator.
    The PM and others concern are presently discussing the matter in an in dept manner,which the PM said he will talk to the nation very soon about,Mr. finds the Pm taking too long.
    Boss we all know the severity of that EBOLA thing. It’s a worldwide concern.It’s obvious this must be taken seriously and the necessary proper action must be and will be taken. Stop playing your POLITICS with that. Is not only Africa is the concern now.

    • purelies
      October 17, 2014

      Wise up dam fool when the virus gets there it’s not gonna differentiate whether u are red or blue Pm or not….So sit back and wait while everyone taking action.

    • neutral
      October 17, 2014

      Have u forgotten chicungunya? It is not that long ago.

    • October 17, 2014

      @FAST N FURIOUS October 17, 2014

      Thumbs up #19 is mine to you! Way to go!

  69. Power
    October 17, 2014

    Pm you can’t wait next week to give decision, this us a serious matter and should be dealt with now not next week, you want to remain our leader then do the right thing act now before it’s to late

  70. sweet roses
    October 17, 2014

    United we stand divided we fall. Let us unite to save the nation.

  71. weh weh weh
    October 17, 2014

    As if everyday I getting to hate linton more he is jus full ………. Gosshhh man

    • Anonymous
      October 17, 2014

      he has a point donot shoot the messenger

    • neutral
      October 17, 2014

      Be honest with ur self and u will feel differently.

    • October 17, 2014

      be careful with that hatred you may find yourself as guest of Dr. benjamin. Lennox is simply doing what he hast to do.

    • The Facts
      October 17, 2014

      :lol: :lol: :lol: Please do not hate him too much. If you do, he may disappear into obscurity. :lol: :lol: :lol:

    • balahooo
      October 18, 2014

      Wallow in ur hate!!!

    • Xcuse Me?
      October 19, 2014

      @weh weh weh, that is quite understandable, isn’t it? You have been a hater of Dominica for how many years and it doesn’t frighten me at all that you getting to hate Linton more everyday. Linton stands for truth, honesty and righteousness while you and your friends stand for dishonesty, lies and hypocrisy; are we surprised you said that?

  72. JoJo
    October 17, 2014

    Ebola does not wait for cabinet meeting and has no respect for Ministers, P.M. or President. Health more important than money. What am I going to do with money when I have ebola?

    • The Facts
      October 17, 2014

      For one, you may be fortunate to recover as some have done and enjoy your money. :lol:

  73. Forever Amber
    October 17, 2014

    “There is a recommendation from the ministry of health to put a travel advisory on the countries that have been badly battered by the Ebola virus,” he said. “The matter is before cabinet, we are discussing it.”

    What is there to discuss? Why would any Cabinet member have any objection to implementing the ban?

  74. Anonymous
    October 17, 2014

    PM there is nothing to discuss with your cabinet. With all due respect follow the footsteps of the other Caribbean islands. PLEASE. Stop the world Creole Festival and implement the travel advisory plan for this deadly disease EBOLA . We do not did ……. Lennox Linton to tell us so. The PM is a relatively intellect man.

    • huh ??
      October 17, 2014

      I agree 100% STOP the creole festival, better do as MUCH as possible,, for the country safety …

    • whoistoblame
      October 17, 2014

      I REALLY DONT KNOW IF HE IS INTELLiGENT but he sounds like a real unlearned fellow

      • Ba Yo Bwa
        October 18, 2014

        And the one who wants to replace him? How do you characterize him? A buffoon? You’d rather he lead the country?

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  75. Whammy
    October 17, 2014

    If the countries from which we have connecting flights have restrictions then who are we restricting? Just saying……… We need to be concerned and take the necessary precautions but we need not be making decisions like a headless chicken

    • Anonymous
      October 17, 2014

      I guess everybody that comes into Dominica must pass through these countries that have the restrictions. Just saying………..

      So in other words let them build the gates while we just sit around and observe.

      Stupes….

    • purelies
      October 17, 2014

      @ whammy u must be a very lazy person love to sit back and watch other people do your work for you

    • ATC
      October 17, 2014

      Thats just such a dummy whammy; or rather a dummy headless chicken – in case you didn’t know people come by ferry, yatchs and by other means dummy whammy.

    • Anonymous
      October 20, 2014

      Of course we are headless chickens, led by a one-mind cock.

  76. Real
    October 17, 2014

    No Lenox, you are not the PM, and we all know that wait is a heavy load, so try your best to wait. The Ebola virus has been around for the past 40 years. Stop scaring people. Don’t you have any shame. In the world where diplomacy or protocol goes you have none what so ever. The majority of Dominicans elected the PM, stop running your mouth with unfounded innuendos. Anyway when is the next trip?

    • Anonymous
      October 17, 2014

      Guess we will have to wait for the ebola too.

    • Anonymous
      October 17, 2014

      Fool. What has ebola got to do with politics. Maybe the P.M. does not want to admit that mr. Linton was right all along but that is not important at all under these circumstances.At least follow, the rest of the OECS. P.M. is always stressing that we must act as one.

    • Anonymous
      October 17, 2014

      Very well said. Lennox is playing a dangerous game and it shows he is not someone to lead Dominica to ignorant and “bold face”. Decisions like these are not made without being well informed and considering the implications for all involved (that is the people of the affected areas and Dominicans)!

    • whoistoblame
      October 17, 2014

      you do not listen to international news. A man who came fro Nigeria today was vomitting on the plan and died just before it landed .do you want that on LIAT?

      • I wonder
        October 18, 2014

        Dear whoistoblame can you educate yourself more before proceeding with some ignorant talk..Before the days of ebola people has been vomiting and dying. Did he has any hemorrhagic fever..No! So why saying what you aren’t sure of..Nigeria is ebola free declared by WHO by CDC and so on..DO your research and stop presenting small mindedness to people out there about Dominica

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      • Anonymous
        October 19, 2014

        He could have died of a heart attack, which is more probable. In any case it is wise to take precautions.

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    • neutral
      October 17, 2014

      I wonder if u will tell the United Nations to stop scaring people.

    • amazed
      October 17, 2014

      The majority of Dominicans voted for the P.M.? Please read your constitution, no one votes for P.M. You all vote for a Parl . Rep. The President then decides which Parl. Rep. is most popular, and then assigns that Parl. Rep. as P.M. Educate yourself, read your constitution and understand.

  77. Blazza
    October 17, 2014

    It look like is Lenox that is leading the country, Skerit only react when LL talk… Change is realy around the corner… Last week u call press conference u all said dominica is ready for Ebola..now is a defeient story..

  78. October 17, 2014

    Hurry up!! that is pm hurry both airline ans sea pot

    • The Facts
      October 17, 2014

      Did your health minister not state that they can handle Ebola that, everything is in place? Why worry? Everything appears to be in control.

  79. October 17, 2014

    Mr pm when come this virus you can’t wait for next week at you next cabinet meeting. You need to call an emergency cabinet meeting specific to deal that.

  80. truth will be reveal
    October 17, 2014

    But what happen to the novice Nah. Everything has to be processed.. You have to use wisdom and that comes only from God. Stop that and stop it now. You playing most, but to no avail. Respectable people like me just not impressed with your silly comments. Things with that magnitude must be processed and Pm must engage the offices and ministry of Health before advancing. Take some time off to learn that, if you so want to represent. You not in Government , you not going to Parliament, you just hiding behind a microphone.( I really thought you would have been one of the grandaunts yesterday)

    • Country First
      October 17, 2014

      People like you that have the country upside down. What wait and processed. It is about time to take action.

    • Anonymous
      October 17, 2014

      That is why Dominica is the way it is because of foolish people like you. I bet you are not even living in Dominica.

      If ebolah hits our shores now will you have time to process. Process what may I ask? America that is America can’t even well handle the situation much less for Dominica.

      Just look at how the chikungunya virus went viral in Dominica and nearly crippled the working force. If we have to act it must be now.

      This is not about Lennox or Skerrit. It is about you and I and the rest living in Dominica.

      Shutes man get smart and stop playing politics.

    • purelies
      October 17, 2014

      A serious issue as that and yet stupid people like u wanna play politics.

    • whoistoblame
      October 17, 2014

      you for real Stupid fool

  81. Doc. Love
    October 17, 2014

    I hope God will spear us any serious medical problems due the Ebola virus before next week. Already we are very late, however, the wise one is saying to us, God is good all the time, all the time God is good. Dominicans have nothing to fear, absolutely no Ebola can come to our shores before next week. Don’t forget he was once referred to as Jesus. Maybe he knows something Dominicans don’t know.

    • Anonymous
      October 17, 2014

      Doc I pray God will not spear us but I sure hope He will spare us.

  82. RealStar
    October 17, 2014

    Lenox have u on your toes… Lenox should come into politics long time … Thank God for Q95 Skerit is always lucked in… Dominicans at home and abroad could hardly here u on the media since LL come u on your toes…

  83. Belle
    October 17, 2014

    You guys left the affected places and still talking about Nigeria, DNO i suspect you guys need to take some course Nigeria has been declared ebola free..We should be more concerned about US and European countries , who are frequent to Dominica and will come for the cruise season..How many Liberians,Seirre Leonas and Guineas have you seen in Dominica???As much as they have to transit countries before they reach here. Did you the cruise ship with the Ebola nurse is in the Carribean?

    • anonymous
      October 17, 2014

      Well said.

    • politbureau
      October 17, 2014

      well said.even removal of the nigerian band was mere hysteria. and not based on evidence.anyone travelling from those stricken countries to dominica will have to first pass thru at least 2 international hubs where screemning is being done .no international expert is recommemndimng travel bans in fact they say it will in fact make the situation worse.Dominica really does not need to follow this hysterical token move by other govts.

    • neutral
      October 17, 2014

      Nigeria is not ebola-free. It just have less cases. Last month I heard on Bbc there was a new strain of it in Nigeria.

      • On point
        October 18, 2014

        @ neutral
        Nigeria has been declared ebola-free because it is the only country which has the ebola virus contained! America has even sent health officials over there to copy what Nigeria is doing… educate yourself. on the 20th of this month, the WHO will make an official announcement.

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      • Anonymous
        October 18, 2014

        nigeria is ebola free.

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      • I wonder
        October 18, 2014

        Dear neutral, can you present your facts before talking…Dot say what you are not sure of…Is it the same BBC news that carried the news about WORLD BANK commending Nigeria about how they contended Ebola and facts from WHO and CDC? Ok…People has been sick and vomiting before ebola..Now headache ebola.sneezing ebola,po po ebola, pee pee ebola, sad ebola smile ebola…

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      • Dave
        October 18, 2014

        @Neutral. That is an expensive joke. There is no more ebola in Nigeria!

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      • David
        October 18, 2014

        Nigeria is ebola-free. Do your research well.

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      • Anonymous
        October 19, 2014

        ..yeah Nigeria is also corruption free.Don’t trust anything coming out of that country. Sorry.

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