‘No measles outbreak’
Chief medical officer Dr Kenneth George said there was no measles outbreak at the American University of Barbados. But as a result of an issue that occurred at an American University overseas, the Ministry of Health in Barbados took all precautionary measures.
“There is a lot of misinformation out there, but as a responsible ministry we still sent a team there. There are no cases of measles in Barbados. We have a surveillance system and we are working in a very heightened environment as there are outbreaks in North America and Europe,” George said.
George said they had teams at the airport on high alert who were constantly undergoing training exercises.
In the meantime though, he urged Barbadians to be vigilant.
“The public needs to assist us as well. Parents, make sure to check your children’s green cards to see if their immunisations are up to date. There is a group of people here who have taken upon themselves not to allow their children to get immunised and they are putting their children at risk due to misinformation,” George said. ( DB)
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