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Sanjay Jain: Ebola Airport Monitor Plan Depends on 'Pseudo Doctors'

By    |   Thursday, 23 October 2014 11:55 AM

The cost, logistics and implementation of the Obama administration’s recent plan to monitor people arriving from Ebola-affected nations have not been adequately explained,  Dr. Sanjay Jain, a medical doctor, said Thursday on “America’s Forum” on Newsmax TV.

“Do they even put a price tag on this whole thing to monitor all these people and all the personnel we need for this?” he asked. “It's going to cost a lot of money.”

Further, asking nonmedical workers to be responsible for a task of that magnitude is questionable, he said.

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“They've turned airport personnel into pseudo doctors,” Jain said. “They're making them check temperatures and they're not even clinicians. I don't know who they're going to hire and who's going to want to get involved, because if there is an Ebola patient then you're exposing these people to the possible virus. I'm curious how they're going to implement this.”

Jain also said he doesn’t understand the CDC’s rationale for refusing to issue a travel ban.

“They're claiming they can't get health workers into these stricken countries. Why not have a special transport and get those people there and eliminate these commercial flights?” he asked.

“If you look at these other nations in Africa, which have travel bans, they are free of Ebola. Now, they're saying to open these doors up and allow a limited restrictions of traveling ... [to five] airports: Newark, John F. Kennedy, Dulles, O'Hare and Atlanta. These are the only hubs they are allowed to go to, but then you’ve got to monitor those.

“Are you going to get the CIA or NSA to monitor them afterwards where they're going to go? I don't know.”

The administration also needs to clarify what it’s telling the American people and be clear that there are some unknowns that remain with the deadly disease.

“It's not airborne now … we don't know looking forward at a crystal ball if it's going to be airborne,” Jain said. “Controlling this virus from proliferating is very important so it doesn't mutate.

“We have to get some transparency. There's a lot of things that are not very transparent in terms of the messaging.”

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