The Ministry of Public Health and Population (MSPP) in Haiti issued a statement concerning the risks Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) and yellow fever given disease outbreaks occurring in Africa and South America and the Caribbean.
The press note by Dr. Florence D.Guillaume, Minister of MSPP (computer translated) asks all Haitians and foreigners already living on Haitian territory to avoid unless absolutely necessary, to make trips in countries where currently rampant outbreaks of Ebola fever like Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone and Nigeria.
It is also called upon all international partners, including the United Nations, to reduce the rotation of members of all orders from these countries starting 1 August 2014.
In addition, health officials said surveillance and monitoring systems will be stepped up at airports of Port-au-Prince and Cap-Haitien.
Against the risk of contamination by Yellow Fever, much more obvious account given the presence of this disease is endemic in several countries including those of the region of Latin America and the Caribbean, the Ministry of Public Health and Population also calls on all Haitian or foreign travelers coming from or bound for countries in Latin America and the Caribbean: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Venezuela, kindly ensure to be vaccinated against yellow fever ensure their own protection and that of the entire population living in Haiti.
Dr. Guillaume closes by saying, “the population to remain calm and follow these instructions, is the duty of everyone to reassure its strict vigilance on the epidemiological evolution of these pathologies.”
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