Crews refuse to ferry migrants 'with tuberculosis'
25 August 2006, EL HIERRO — Two crews refused to transport over a 100 illegal immigrants after it was rumoured they might have tuberculosis.
25 August 2006
EL HIERRO — Two crews refused to transport over a 100 illegal immigrants after it was rumoured they might have tuberculosis.
They were kept in a sports centre on the island of El Hierro until doctors could confirm the 132 would-be immigrants were not suffering from the condition.
Crews of the ferries Bonanza Express and Volcan de Taburiente refused to accept initial medical checks on the migrants who were picked out the sea near the Canary Islands.
Javier Jalvo, spokesman for the two crews, said: "Nobody gave us guarantees that they would be in perfect health and it left open reasonable doubts."
They decided other passengers could be at risk.
Dr Enrique Perez Pastor said checks showed none of the immigrants showed any indication the migrants had tuberculosis.
José Segura, of the Canary Islands regional government, said after checks proved they were not suffering from the condition, the migrants would be taken on various flights to a holding centre in Tenerife.
Meanwhile, thousands of immigrants have been taken to the Spanish mainland.
But this has sparked a row, after various regions complained they were being abandoned in different parts of the country with the bare minimum of food and water.
The conservative opposition Popular Party also claimed illegal immigrants were being dumped in regions run by their own party, placing extra strain on resources.
The government denied this claim.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news