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Haitian migration puts Bahamas authorities in alert (+Fotos)

The Bahamas: January 25 (Prensa Latina). Covid 19 cases running along with a rising Haitian migrants being apprehended in local waters, have Bahamian immigration and health officials on high alert, the Public Broadcasting Corporation of Jamaica, stated.

According to a report on the Jamaican TV News channel, PBCJ, early this week, 395 Haitian migrants were intercepted by the USA local coast guards in local waters of The Bahamas,

The migrants’ sail boat was packed to the brim. These kinds of sights are becoming more common as Haiti continues to struggle with gang violence, absent leadership and health crisis, as reported in the TV media.

Assistant Director of Immigration in The Bahamas, Rudolph Ferguson, speaking to the local medias, declared that the nearly 400 Haitian migrants are being kept in an installation on the islet of Inagua.

He added that, hopefully, repatriation of these migrators will take place this same week, because they are working very, very hard to make this happen.

Ferguson also said that the facility, currently holding the migrants, has the capacity of harbouring twice the present amount, as it was designed to shelter 800 people.

Referring to this case, the Bahamas Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr, Michael Darville, told the reporter of the PBCJ, that they have a 20-bed field hospital in the islet of Inagua, with an additional support of 5 nurses and 3 doctors, who are doing the screening process in this facility.

In addition, he said, “so as this current situation could explode, we intend to ensure not to put excessive burden on the health system of Inagua”

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