Gov't lifts ban on individuals from Ebola-hit countries

Gov't lifts ban on individuals from Ebola-hit countries

Thursday, January 07, 2016

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KINGSTON, Jamaica – The Government of Jamaica has lifted its ban on individuals entering the island from countries affected by Ebola, with immediate effect.
According to a release from the security ministry today, the decision was made recently by Cabinet, and was guided by recent indications received from the World Health Organization (WHO) in light of the reduction of cases worldwide, especially in countries that were directly affected by the virus.
In October 2014, the Jamaican Government imposed the ban on people resident in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, as well as individuals who had travelled to, or transited through the three countries.
The WHO now says the criteria it established to declare the end of any known transmission of the Ebola virus have been met, and as such has declared an end to the outbreak in the three key countries where the virus had been most prevalent: Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.
Health management strategies in these countries have also shifted from outbreak control towards surveillance and consolidating the gains made from controlling the spread of the virus.
Meanwhile, the Passport Immigration and Citizenship Agency (PICA), in collaboration with the health ministry, will continue to monitor Jamaica’s ports of entry, in order to remain apprised of the situation on the ground.

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