UWP advises caution in Ebola crisis

Linton said Dominica must be proactive in Ebola crisis
Linton said Dominica must be proactive in the Ebola crisis

Political Leader of the United Workers Party (UWP), Lennox Linton, says in light of the growing national concern of the deadly Ebola virus and the World Creole Music Festival (WCMF), now a mere three weeks away, health officials should begin the process of ascertaining whether or not a major Nigerian act scheduled to perform poses any risk.

At least one Nigerian group and four acts from Congo are on the cards for the 18th edition of the WCMF.

“If this band is going to come here having been in an African country to which they were exposed to the virus, it must be possible at this stage to begin the process of ascertaining whether any of these band members are being exposed to risk factors that would make their arrival on our shores or present some difficulties when they arrive on our shores,” Linton said at a UWP press conference on Monday. “If the government’s ministry of health is unable to do that, the preferable thing to do would be to deny entry for that one band.”

However, he said, the UWP is not in favor a travel ban at this time, but would recommend proactive screening.

Back in early September officials from the Dominica Festivals Committee (DFC) informed that they were awaiting a policy statement from the government on the matter.

Linton stated that there is an absence of information and specific education on the disease and how the ministry plans on dealing with it.

“We cannot hide from it but we can prepare ourselves as effectively as we can, given the resources available to us and the best practices that have emerged in other countries for screenings, and overall coping,” he stated.

Linton stated Dominica must be proactive in its approach to the disease and learn from experiences such as recent surge of Chikungunya on the island.

“Ebola is not here yet but Chikungunya has been here,” he stated. “And when we look back on how we dealt with it, the record will show that we were not sufficiently proactive, nor were we effective in aligning necessary resources and to a proper strategy for coping, which is what we need to do with this Ebola virus.”

He said part of UWP’s health plan is to make Dominica the healthiest place to be. This forms part of the party’s vision to make Dominica the “best place to live, the best place to work, the best place to enjoy life,” he said.

“We see an efficient health system has to be comprehensive, it has to be inclusive, it has to encompass the entire population of over 65,000 people, it needs to accommodate both types of medical care and services that is preventive with a higher degree of diligence towards the preventive aspect,” he noted.

Speaking on the Ebola threat, health authorities here say they are putting more measures in place to screen the disease although the risk of entry remains low.

Public health nurses were expected to be placed at the island’s ports of entry and other measures which are being put in place include the identification of isolation sites, among others.

Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), formerly known as Ebola Haemorrhagic Fever, is a severe, often fatal illness. Up to nine out of every 10 people with the infection, die. There are no licensed specific treatments or vaccine available for use in people or animals. The time between acquiring an infection and showing symptoms and signs varies from two to 21 days.

The virus is highly infectious and is spread by person-to-person transmission through direct contact with bodily fluids or secretions of infected persons including blood, sweat, urine or faeces.

Symptoms include fever, intense weakness, muscle pain, headache and sore throat, vomiting, diarrhea, external bleeding and rash.

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  1. uk Dominican
    October 8, 2014

    precaution is better than cure, the whole world is talking about EBOLA it is very important to giving warning and to tell people be carefull…. that is a responsive thing

  2. Anonymous
    October 8, 2014

    Mother of nine-year-old banned from British school over parents’ Ebola fears hits back at ‘ignorant prejudice’ and insists disease ‘isn’t hiding behind every bush in Sierra Leone’

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  3. A Doubting Thomas
    October 7, 2014

    Thank God it is not the UWP who is the Government of Dominica. Those scare tactics is unbecoming of a leader. Let the people who we have entrusted with looking after our country do their job.

    The Ministry of Health have the contacts and the information and will give us the information as they see necessary. Don’t go around trying to scare people.

    Ebola seems to be more like the AIDS virus in the way it is said to spread from person to person. You must be in contact with an infected person who has the disease and via bodily fluids etc. It is different than Chikungunya, that is spread by mosquitoes.

    It is a very serious disease but we should not get our people in a panic that is not as yet necessary and hopefully never will.

    Trying to see if by coming forward with a press conference on Ebola will make us forget the most recent interview, think again, We will listen to the Minister of Health, the Ministry of Health. the doctors and nurses and other health practitioners speaking on behalf of the Ministry and the Government for the information we need.

    Coming forward with that press conference is like coming forward with scare tactics, like young people asking for guns, our women are prostitutes, our elderly are greedy, Ministers are rapists all the same thing in my opinion. and very irresponsible.

    Times like these the Opposition should take it cue from the government and be responsible enough even seem to with one voice; for the People.

  4. Mahaut talk roro
    October 7, 2014

    That man will do anything or say anything to get a vote ,, please brother it’s hard for to win the DLP

  5. faith
    October 7, 2014

    well my fellow dominicans,its agood thing that election will be held after the music fest, so wise up my people,we have been sleeping for too long too many chats and little action, vote wisely, make a decision base on this scenerio

  6. Anonymous555
    October 7, 2014

    Wee Willie Winkie
    runs through the town,
    upstairs, downstairs,
    in his nightgown.
    Rapping at the windows,
    crying through the lock,
    “Are the children all in bed?
    For now it’s eight 8 o’clock”….. :oops:

  7. Sout Man
    October 7, 2014

    I can sense fear, ignorance, concern and misinformation. Although we have to be cautious and prepared for any emergency, there is no need to panic. Ebola cannot be compared to chikungunya. This is pure ignorance and fear mongering. It is easier to contract Chikungunya because it is transmitted by mosquitoes. Ebola is transmitted by direct contact with the body fluids of an individual exhibiting the symptoms.

    Nigeria has more than 175 000 000 (one hundred seventy five million) people. There were less than 2 dozen Ebola cases. The spread was quickly contained. Nigeria, being one of the most developed in Africa, knows how to do this. They screen incoming and outgoing passengers. It is fear-mongering to ask the authorities to deny entry to the Nigerian band. What reason does Mr. Linton have to accuse the musicians of being “exposed to the virus”? It’s like accusing every Dominican in Texas of being “exposed to the virus”. This is irrational and I sense a bit of prejudice towards our African brothers from some of the ignorant comments I’ve read.

    Some comments are of the perception that one case of Ebola in Dominica means a catastrophic wipe out of the population. Ebola is not airborne and there is no likelihood of a rapid spread even if one case is diagnosed in DA. Isolation/quarantine of any traveler displaying the symptom is the key to containment. The Ebola virus has been around for a long time. The poor African folks who lack medical care in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, are least likely to travel. The Duncan guy in Texas had already been in the US. The Texas authorities gave him antibiotics and sent him home. His family was kept in a contaminated house for several days. That’s how the disease is likely to affect his family; not by breathing the same air but by being in contact with the body fluids of the sick person.

    Stop the fear-mongering and let’s live our life. Caution- yes!! Fear and prejudice- no!! The world will never forgive us if we are the first to deny entry/ban our African brothers and sisters. One day we will be repaid in kind. Remember that!! Those who reacted negatively towards our Haitian brothers are the same ones displaying their ignorance and prejudice towards our Nigerian brothers and sisters.

    If push comes to shove. Cuba, PAHO, UN, US, EU, (especially France, re: Guadeloupe/Martinique) will come to our aid. One case or even two will not be the end of Dominica as long as we contain it. As was rightly said by a previous comment, malaria kills more than half a million Africans each year and it is spread by the anopheles mosquito. Malaria and chikungunya are more likely to spread than Ebola. The Nigerian musicians are likely to be in better health conditions than most Dominicans. Stop the sabotage of the WCMF disguised as concern!! Stop the hate and fear-mongering.

    • Sout Man
      October 7, 2014

      Asking the authorities to deny entry to the Nigerian band puts the UWP in the same bracket as the right wing Republicans who are using the misfortune of Africans to take down Obama. They are asking for cancellation of all flights from West Africa. It’s a shame and a sham by those who always wanted to restrict entry of Blacks into the US. Please don’t make that same mistake; we are better than that. Being on the wrong side of science and history is no way to show love and concern for the welfare of fellow Dominicans. It may be a good vote catching strategy to prey on the fear and ignorance of our people but history will be very unkind to us.

      • hugo
        October 7, 2014

        do you have own brains or FOX news thinks for you? Ebola has nothing to do with your skin color or language or sex…Ebola doesn’t care if you are black, white or green…all countries should impose ban on any movement to and out of infected areas/countries and send massive medical aid and health workers, what else you can do?

    • Sout Man
      October 7, 2014

      Asking the authorities to deny entry to the Nigerian band puts the UWP in the same bracket as the right wing Republicans who are using the misfortune of Africans to take down Obama. They are asking for cancellation of all flights from West Africa. It’s a shame and a sham by those who always wanted to restrict entry of Blacks into the US. Please don’t make that same mistake; we are better than that. Being on the wrong side of science and history is no way to show love and concern for the welfare of fellow Dominicans. It may be a good vote catching strategy to prey on the fear and ignorance of our people but history will be very unkind to us.

      DNO: I have not said that. That’s a different point. Why are you blocking me and my first comment is still being moderated. Who are you protecting. Let ideas flow freely, this is a serious issue.

      • The Following
        October 7, 2014

        Recent Research has shown lab animals that were not in contact with each contracted the virus….it is believe that the virus found its way in suspended particles, that was inhaled by the animals http://healthmap.org/site/diseasedaily/article/pigs-monkeys-ebola-goes-airborne-112112

        …….this means just being in the same room with someone showing signs of the virus puts a person as risk……you put it as something so simple but one thing you have failed to address is whether the health department and medical teams here in Dominica are equip to handle a case. Look at the number of health personals who have died because of treating the infected. Because you are Nigerian doesn’t mean you are to take offense to us Dominican, who like the rest of the world are panicking and fearful. This is not a simple matter that we can simply “live our lives” ………WHO and other Health organisations are expressing concerns, Doctors without boarders have described the spread of the virus as “out of control”…….yet you call on us to “live our lives”…….NO, FOR NOW LET’S panic to ensure that the necessary is done to prevent what occurred in the USA…. A Mr Duncan brought the virus to the USA, exposing hundreds……he was in contact with doctors, family members, friends of family members who in turn were in contact with others!!!!

      • JoJo
        October 7, 2014

        Sout man please, put that aside. Ebola does not ask if I’m white or black. It does not discriminate at all. Like death it treats everybody equal.

  8. October 7, 2014

    I agree with Mr Linton. Dominica cannot afford to have Ebola, that would wipe t the whole country. They can’t even take care of a stroke patient, that would be suicide and murder all together. Let th Nigerian stay in their country. There should be a mass demonstration against that. My opinion.

  9. October 7, 2014

    The virous is now in america and in spain,the african man who lives in america was in africa but the nurse from spain never went to africa neither has she travelled ,but she treated the priests that were sent to spain,,,the doctors suggest that she must have been contaminated while de-gowning or removing he protection gown,,this shows how quickly this virous can be contagious,,,50 other people who were in contact with this nurse are in quarantine to find out whether the desease was trasmitted to them….the african man is hospitalized but there is no medicin like the medicin that was used to treat the two other american citizens because this medicin was made for testing…what is the gov’t or rather the prime minister waiting for to stop the festival…we have some sick wicked people leading dominica ..it is time to wake up ,here in europe the gov’ts are taking more serious measures ,,,

  10. October 7, 2014

    There was enough time to cancel the Creole Festival before the tickets went on sale .I think the entire festival should be called off Forget the money and think of health .

    • hugo
      October 7, 2014

      interesting remark:
      Peter Piot, 65, a virologist from Belgium, began his career as a Ph.D. candidate in a university laboratory in Antwerp. After traveling to Africa to help track down the Ebola virus he became a hospital doctor and, later, director of the United Nations AIDS program.

      Today Mr Piot gave the interview for Die Spiegel (German Magazine): http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/interview-with-peter-piot-discoverer-of-the-ebola-virus-a-993111-2.html

      SPIEGEL: For the first time in its history, the virus also reached metropolises like Monrovia and Freetown. Is that the worst thing that can happen?

      Piot: In large cities — particularly in chaotic slums — it is virtually impossible to find those who had contact with patients, no matter how great the effort. That is why I am so worried about Nigeria as well. The country is home to mega-cities like Lagos and Port Harcourt and if the Ebola virus lodges there and begins to spread, it would be an unimaginable catastrophe.

      • Anonymous
        October 7, 2014

        Good and very relevant report Hugo but pls. note Der Spiegel (masculine).

  11. October 7, 2014

    Thank you Mr lenox…l had been waiting to hear this concern of someone like you or those who is on the stage or holding the mike. Because this is very deadly and scary. Hope this will concern dominican a little more than politics on taking precaution and get educated on this deadly disease. Schools etc. Should educate kids on making sure hands are wash before meals and sharing. It may look selfish but can save there life’s.

  12. oli
    October 7, 2014

    Boy look stupid people on one tiny island….awa.

    • hugo
      October 7, 2014

      What is stupid about being concerned and worried about spread of Ebola? What is stupid about taking precautions and cancel the event?

  13. van
    October 7, 2014

    In total agreement with Mr Linton. It should not be about money. The Government will end up spending far more should this disease touch Dominica, than the pittance made by allowing this band to play.

    If the PM ‘cares’ about his people then this band should be prevented entry.

  14. October 7, 2014

    When this Jamaican artist who it’s alleged performs Satanic rituals in his music had to perform in Dominica, the Pastors and government came together and deported him. Now, the threat was not Ebola, it was as mentioned above. My concern is the reactionary moves to catch a vote attitude of a government that is truly disorganized, I mean if anything is evident of that is the opposition setting the agenda for what to be done. Wow!!! Oh, sorry I forgot they are more concern with their extension of contract for another five year term. Who loves you now Dominicans?

  15. JoJo
    October 7, 2014

    I was walking on the bay front yesterday morning when there was some lightning followed by a big bang and my companion said to me “you hear. Lennox stealing Roosevelt’s thunder”. That turned out to be so prophetic.

  16. commando
    October 7, 2014

    brilliant suggestion mr.linton,labor party will not concern themselves about these things,this is why i will leave europe to come and ensure my vote goes to uwp,skeritt has no interest in Dominicans.WORKERS,all the way

  17. Dominican Uk
    October 7, 2014

    Visitor the money you do have

  18. Dominican Uk
    October 7, 2014

    Dominicans should not travel to Europe, America and other places because of Chickunghunia, nonesense you guys truly believe that places l;ike Barbados and Antigua would let in theses musicians if they felt that there was a threat, come on stop that man. You guys are carrying on like the whole of Dominica is brain less bat daba zor

  19. De Observer
    October 7, 2014

    Mr. Linton if there’s ever a time I’ll support you is now. If it mean cancelling WCMF so be it but our people’s health comes first.

    I endorse your statement sir.

  20. October 7, 2014

    good thinking linton austrie nor roosie aint open their mouth about that ebola yet. let us see what they have to say about those African groups performing. if they are going to expose our people and country to that deadly virus for the love of money. Oh i forgot the last time i check he was a french citizen so he could just leave dominicans in their dilema and fly to paris hahaha skerritt boy you tired outsmart us.

  21. Ravine
    October 6, 2014

    Eat your heart out Mr. Skerrit, your outgoing PM and your reactive government..
    Mr. Linton is the boss, one who is visionary and cares for Dominica..

  22. Proud Domincan
    October 6, 2014

    That’s what am talking about. Very PRESIDENTAL. Lord please make this PM hurry up and call the election. It is right time for MR Lennox to take his sit.

  23. still
    October 6, 2014

    The level of ignorance is just amazing. If we were to ban all Africans would that stop the virus from getting to Dominica? It could easily be brought in by someone from any country Even Dominicans. Then we compare it to chikungunya which is a virus spread by mosquitoes. We need to get our act together. We need to educate ourself not just talk. If we continue this way no matter what happens we will be doomed as a country

  24. unknown
    October 6, 2014

    i agree with Linton. let them africans stay in Africa. who knows they may be well now but on their way to their airport they may just be encountered with an infected person. Cancelle the Africans act. keep us safe

    October 6, 2014

    All international travel to DA comes through Barbados, Puerto Rico, Antigua etc. those major airports should have the necessary screening to avoid any ebolites coming into DA. truth be told not having an international airport is a blessing at this moment… also if any Nigerians have Ebola due to the stress and time it takes to get to DA on LIAT the virus must die on de way. LIAT just might be the cure for Ebola!!!

    • Peter J
      October 6, 2014

      I really hope that you are being sarcastic!

    • October 6, 2014

      Not very funny but an interesting take.

    • October 7, 2014

      it takes between 2 and 21 days before showing symptoms smart man so a person could travel from nigeria and while passing barbados and antigua aint showing symptoms yet

      • Papa Way
        October 8, 2014

        make sure they pass by you then – keep them out of Dominica, that’s all we’re saying. You know it makes sense.

    • rescue 911
      October 7, 2014

      Lol.You didn’t have to end it so :lol:

    • JoJo
      October 7, 2014

      You fool! Flippancy kills lives.

    • Papa Way
      October 7, 2014

      You might laugh, but thousands are dead and dying in Sierra Leone and Nigeria has had its fair share death from this deadly virus. It has now reached Europe with one death in Spain and one other person under observation.

      PRECAUTION is better than cure, especially when it seems like only white people are getting treated and overcoming this illness. You see red eyes in the morning and the victim is gone by the following day….so laugh still!

  26. AGAIN!!!!!!!
    October 6, 2014

    This is a no brain and our GOVT official will not make a decision concerning avoiding entry of the Nigerian Band…SMH

    The WCMF committee should not even wait on the GOVT, they should make that decision because I believe they will have less international arrivals from other countries for the festival because of eminent thread due to the Nigerian band.

    Putting the lives of people at stake with a poor healthcare system is genocide……..incapable MEN is high places.

    • hugo
      October 6, 2014

      problem is not in Nigerian band…problem is that Ebola becomes pandemic and it spreads quickly. This chart shows exponential growth: http://healthintelligence.drupalgardens.com/content/predicting-number-cases-ebola-virus-disease-outbreak-countries-widespread-and-intense
      Really bad news is that West African countries have very unreliable statistics and there are reasons to believe that many cases go unreported. From utterly layman’s perspective the perfect storm starts once Ghana and Nigeria starts to get new Ebola cases as both Nigeria and Ghana are the most economically important countries in West Africa/Africa and thus largest regional and international hubs.
      I’m not healthcare practitioner but I sincerely believe that Europe and North America manage to cope with the crisis and put adequate measures in place. European countries and North America do have highly trained medical stuff, crisis response units, medical resources (medical tents, equipment, logistics etc) as well as military forces to maintain civil order in case of mass casualties. Plus sanitary and hygienic standards are much higher.
      I think whats happening in Africa is great tragedy and UN were obliged to react and send medical equipment in West Africa at large scale months ago…
      In case Ebola reaches the Caribbean and especially countries like Dominica then its going to be an armageddon and I wonder then how quickly rudimentary healthcare collapses and police force disintegrates and everybody will be on their own…

    • October 7, 2014

      You are right! Because why? They are more interested in stupid politics and have no time to see where there people life are at stake.

  27. October 6, 2014

    there is no doubt that Mr. Linton is an astute and proactive politician if at all he was a novice then he has come of age demonstrating national Leadership.

    • Papa Way
      October 7, 2014

      Screw the politics – ban the Africans!!!! 8-O

  28. DNO Reader
    October 6, 2014

    Real talk

  29. Skerrit foo
    October 6, 2014

    MR. Linton you sure sound like the PM. Although I know it is just a matter of weeks before you become the next PM, your love and concern for the health and safety of all of us cannot go unnoticed. What the Chikengunya did to us is proof that we cannot afford to play with the deadly Ebola crisis and therefore the outgoing PM needs to forget about his political agenda, since he had ten years to do so, and start to put things in place to ensure our safety.

  30. natural dominican
    October 6, 2014

    We need to seriously look into this. My opinion is they should not be allowed to come, period. Dominica does not have the resources to handle this ebola virus. Even one case will spell disaster on the island. Unless necessary precautions can be taken to ENSURE THE SAFETY OF THE DOMINICAN PEOPLE; i strongly oppose the Nigerian performers. #notworthit

    • me
      October 7, 2014

      Oh please, don’t you think that band members themselves are cautious in contracting the deadly disease? Ebola takes about 3 weeks to manifest itself, if any band member does contract it, trust me, the other members and those traveling with them will show symptoms as well. they will all be sick before reaching dominica.

  31. October 6, 2014

    Well Linton considering that there is a 1,000 Nigerians in Dominica already what are you going to do get them to place their feet in jeyes. I am not against the well beings of Dominicans and I do think that measures of prevention should be in place but use your common in order to get to DA they have to come via somewhere besides we are covered by the blood of Jesus

  32. Evolved
    October 6, 2014

    Dominica is too small a country to expose themselves to risk especially that this visit is not a necessity. If this virus was to be transported to Dominica the effects would be catastrophic. It would have implications on an already small population, a under funded and ill equipped health system and on the wider Caribbean as well.

    Regrettably, I would forgo on these bands until the situation gets better.

  33. LuvDA
    October 6, 2014

    Smart move Mr. Duncan because it seems like the American Authorities are not willing to make the test medications available to people of COLOR. They refer to it as a “Test Vaccine” but every white American who has contracted the disease has been wrapped in plastic bags, transported to America and recovered in record time from the testing. The single “BLACK” and I reapeat “BLACK” individual with the disease in America, namely Mr. Duncan in Texas, has not been provided with any medication to counter the disease and his condition has since deteriorated resilting in a grim prognosis for him. Irrespective of how and where he contracted Ebola, it would be reasonable to expect that he receive the same treatment as all of the caucasions who have recovered from the disease. Can you imagine what would happen in DA if that disease was allowed to spread. We might as well wipe our lovely island from the map. I am not asking for paranoia but I am with you Mr. Duncan. Precaution cannot be overemphasized. Good luck and I pray that the necessary steps be taken.

    • LuvDA
      October 6, 2014

      Excuse me for saying Mr. Duncan, I meant Mr. Linton. I was focused on the unfortunate gentleman in Texas who caught that awful disease.

    • Read before you post
      October 7, 2014

      “Mr. Duncan in Texas, has not been provided with any medication to counter the disease…”

      This is a false statement. Mr. Duncan has been treated with medication. Read the news. Please don’t make this a race issue and entice people to hatred.

  34. Anonymous
    October 6, 2014

    Dominica health care leaves a lot to be desired, so this is going to be a challenge.

  35. Citizen
    October 6, 2014

    All Africans should be banned for the time being. :?:

  36. My Views
    October 6, 2014

    Dominica has a COMMANDER in CHIEF and it isn’t you. You tend to inject yourself in the day to day affairs of the country. The people of your party elected you as the leader and that’s who you are!. The people of Dominica did not elect you as commander in charge. Why are your so arrogant with such a Hugh ego.
    It is not your place or you are in no position to be competing for supremacy, there is a leader of the Commonwealth of Dominica who was elected by the majority of the people.

    • Jay
      October 6, 2014

      Biggest piece of BS I have read all day.

    • fabric
      October 6, 2014

      Wait, that person serious man??? Come on! GROW A BRAIN!!!

    • rescue 911
      October 7, 2014

      Did you read over what you wrote.Ok let’s wait to hear it from our beloved pm.jackass

    • Change is a must
      October 7, 2014

      Whose faults is it that the PM is always missing in action and does not address the pertinent issues that confront the state. This is what leadership is all about..

    • Bull Crap
      October 7, 2014

      Whoever wrote this takes the prize for ignorant idiot of the year. the guy is the leader of the opposition stating a concern he has for his country and this moron talking about stay out of it. As a Dominican citizen it is his right and the right off every Dominican you raise concern about whats going on in his country. yet this moron calls it ego. This right here is a perfect example as to you this country and their leaders cant give any one a fear answer as to whats steps are being taken god forbid during this our busiest travel time to prevent this from getting here. cause in this country we live and breath party colors that we even willing to put that before our own safety.

      We have yet to be told on a serious level whats being done.. all we hear is nurses at port and a site being considered. Creole festival is weeks away. instead of you bashing a man that raise serious concern. Maybe you should ask the so called Commander and chief whats being done to protect you.

    • Plenty Bowdelle
      October 7, 2014

      And the award for the most outstanding speaker of absolute garbage goes to you.

  37. sounds yummy
    October 6, 2014

    imagine everybody well koshay, hot and sweaty, brushing up against each other, hugging and kissing old friends, giving warm welcomes to new friends, vibsing to 3 night of pulsating rhythms and ebola.. yaah

  38. george Fontaine
    October 6, 2014

    Do we have the space moon walker medical suits for our medical staff? How many do we have? How many are at the ports of entry?

    • Anonymous
      October 7, 2014

      probably bought a consignment of seconds from China.

    October 6, 2014

    Lennox. Now you’re stating something valid and real.. that I can support you on.

  40. Pittsburgh Dominican
    October 6, 2014

    Could not agree more with taking a proactive approach. Last thing we want is an outbreak with people beginning to point fingers saying we should have done this and that, by that time, it is to late.

  41. hugo
    October 6, 2014

    Countries with outbreaks
    Totals for Guinea, Liberia & Sierra Leone

    Total Case Count: 7470
    Total Deaths: 3431
    Laboratory Confirmed Cases: 4087


    Total Case Count: 1199
    Total Deaths: 739
    Laboratory Confirmed Cases: 977


    Total Case Count: 3834
    Total Deaths: 2069
    Laboratory Confirmed Cases: 931

    Sierra Leone

    Total Case Count: 2437
    Total Case Deaths: 623
    Laboratory Confirmed Cases: 2179

    Countries with localized transmission

    Total Case Count: 20
    Total Case Deaths: 8
    Laboratory Confirmed Cases: 19

    Countries with travel-associated cases
    Totals for Senegal and U.S.

    Total Cases: 2
    Total Deaths: 0
    Laboratory Confirmed Cases: 2


    Total Case Count: 1
    Total Case Deaths: 0
    Laboratory Confirmed Cases: 1

    United States*

    *In a traveler from Liberia

    Total Case Count: 1
    Total Case Deaths: 0
    Laboratory Confirmed Cases: 1

    Source: http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/outbreaks/2014-west-africa/index.html

    • Anonymous
      October 6, 2014

      1 million people die annually in africa from Malaria , 160 people die daily from diarrhea to drinking unclean water

      • hugo
        October 6, 2014

        don’t insult my intelligence …malaria doesn’t have such high mortality rate as well as malaria is specific only certain climate zones…its idiotic to compare malaria vs ebola

      • October 7, 2014

        what’s your point?

    • October 6, 2014

      No body can say you publishing other people’s work lol!
      with ur Source

  42. Anonymous
    October 6, 2014


    October 6, 2014

    Thank you sir! I appreciate your sense of responsibility and clarity.
    You and your party continue to be proactive which improves on you and your party’s relevance in our country’s discourse.
    Indeed sir, you are a genuine patriot – a good Dominican!

  44. Jah Kal
    October 6, 2014

    Well done Mr Prime Minister .

  45. Morihei Ueshiba
    October 6, 2014

    Prime Minister Linton is right, the ebola is spreading quickly, a spanish nurse just tested positive for ebola, Thomas Duncan is dead in the us, and it is spread to DC, Utah, also in Venezuela (http://www.latinpost.com/articles/21499/20140915/venezuela-virus-2014-mysterious-disease-reportedly-infects-aragua-area-governor.htm) . NIH doctor schools Elisabeth Hasselbeck after she asks him to ‘seal the borders, it is the only way to safeguard Dominicans, once it hit the ministers will be ok, but the rest of us doomed. :mrgreen:

  46. justice
    October 6, 2014

    In my opinion we in Dominica are not ready for such an epidemic. What I feel would really help is if they organize a way for these bands to stop in the US for atleast a week before they arrive to Dominica. That way the individuals can get a complete health check and be monitored for any symptoms before entering the Caribbean.
    Lord I ask for your protection of my people at this time

  47. Doc. Love
    October 6, 2014

    This guy from Marigot is really terrific. A breath of fresh air. No wonder the animal show, the kamala show, the Krazy Ghost show and Aaron commentaries on the new chronicle are all obsessed with him. The whole world is running scared, very concerned about the deadly Ebola virus and it has to take the alleged school drop out named Lennox Linton to bring the country to full awareness as to how to prepare and fight this deadly disease. Now he has spoken, Skeritt and the band followers will have their say. Thank you Jesus, Mr. Linton, you could not have arrived at a better time to save this beautiful country from peril.

    • October 6, 2014

      Ebola out break help elect LL
      Is this the future headline? With a population 20000 45k gone? lol

  48. MasterMind
    October 6, 2014

    Well lets see what our government, the one that so love the PEOPLE is going to do about these Africans coming in for creole fest!

  49. visitor
    October 6, 2014

    For my own safety I will skip wcf this year

  50. Concerned
    October 6, 2014

    I would like to know what is wrong with the Dominica festival people. our population is so small why are they bringing Africans here. why expose our small island to that deadly disease? Are you all so engulfed in making money that you would put our entire nation at risk? leave the Africans in Africa. prevention is better than cure. Dominicans are you going to pay over $300.00 just to put your life , your children and your nation at risk. we say boycut Creole festival if the Africans are coming.

  51. Virgin Islands
    October 6, 2014

    I support this statement 100%. Let them stay in their country.

  52. My View
    October 6, 2014

    Do we have a Minister of Health….This silence on the Ebola threat during the WCMF is deafening. What precautionary measures are the authorities taking? This is serious business. DOMINICA’S POPULATION IS LESS THAN 70,000. We would be totally wiped out in a few years.

    • October 6, 2014

      Tim only knows commerce and accounting. Ebola who Ebola what he responded when asked . He thought it was a bowl of eles

    • October 7, 2014

      timtim is really something else all of a sudden the man is moumou. that’s the same man that was fighting with eddo for leadership in the uwp.

  53. it does not matter
    October 6, 2014

    I think they should deny them entry or inform them that due to the ebola crisis and they coming from a country that is exposed to ebola we cannot allow them in until there is a cure for ebola. We must protect our people. People first money last. Money don’t make people, people make money. Protect our people.

    • Anonymous
      October 7, 2014

      Ebola have no respect for money. Let’s see if the P.M. and his family will sit out the WCMF in new jersey.

  54. Hardly-Stiff
    October 6, 2014

    Great effort in stimulating much needed dialogue amongst our health sector and the general public. Let’s hope it does not evolve into a political battle but that the powers that be, edify the public with competent information.
    I listen to BBC daily and the talk of ebola circulates almost every 3hrs. We don’t necessarily need to do that but out of respect and love for our meagre population, keep us posted at least once a week.


  55. Shameless
    October 6, 2014

    I like that, I really really like that approach Mr. Linton. I have always said that Team Dominica (UWP) continues to lead while the government is relegated to follow hence another reason why Change Is A Must!

    Assertive, NOT Agressive!

  56. Pondera
    October 6, 2014

    Very responsible position Sir. There needs to be a bi-partisan approach to this disease epidemic which has international significance.

    • koro
      October 7, 2014

      Let’s put another twist to this discussion:- Wadix(Leroy Charles)and the rest of the WCMF …could you all please inform/educate us as to the implications, if these African bands’ contracts were terminated at this late stage,due to this Ebola crisis/pandemic? Would there be a fine to pay them? We need some level of transperancy as to the terms of these contracts please.

  57. Realist
    October 6, 2014

    Is this guy for real?

  58. Inland
    October 6, 2014

    Thanks for the great concern for the citizenry. Be safe, be smart is truly the way forward.

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