RCI St. Lucia
posted on September 02, 2014 07:49
The Ministry of Health, Wellness, Human Services and Gender Relations continues its overall process of readiness to the global Ebola threat by strengthening port surveillance through the inclusion of nurses at the country’s two airports
The response comes following a threat issued by airport officers on Friday, indicating that they would not attend to passengers entering the country from West Africa.
Since then health officials have initiated its response mechanism at the airport in an effort to facilitate identification and tracking of arriving passengers who may be at risk for exposure to the Ebola virus due to their travel history.
Speaking on the issue earlier today, Chief Medical Officer Dr Merlene Fredericks explained that the concerns of airport officers are being taken seriously.
She however noted that the island is at a low risk for Ebola.
Meanwhile, National Epidemiologist in the ministry of health nahum Jn Baptiste informed that training on the management of a possible Ebola case has begun here and includes all sectors including health personnel, port officers and funeral parlour employees.
Ebola is a viral disease which is spread through direct contact with the secretions and body fluids of infected persons or animals. This disease is not endemic to St. Lucia and as such the risk of infection to general members of the public is low.
The Ministry of Health has collaborated with the Saint Lucia Fire Service, Customs and Excise, Immigration, Saint Lucia Air and Sea Ports Authority to facilitate the coordinated management of the Ebola threat to the island.