Caricom meeting next month to discuss virus
A Caricom meeting to discuss the Ebola issue has been tentatively set for next month. This is according to Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar, who called for such a meeting to also discuss the ChikV epidemic in the region.
Persad-Bissessar said T&T remained committed to such a meeting, adding that Caricom Secretary General Irwin Le Roche had said last week that the travel plans of Caricom heads had caused the meeting to be scheduled for next month. She said no fixed date had been given for the high-level meeting. THA Chief Secretary Orville London also spoke about the issue at yesterday’s news conference at the Office of the Prime Minister, St Clair.
He said the fight against Ebola cannot be a Tobago or T&T response but a regional effort. He said: “If we have one Ebola case in the region, then you brand the Caribbean as how you brand Africa. When you hear Africa you think Ebola, regardless of which country it is.” London said a similar situation could develop in the region if one Caribbean state had an Ebola victim.
He said the region must continue to do all it can to prevent Ebola from entering, prepare if it does and pray that it does not.