Chief medical officer’s statement on St. Lucia’s preparedness for the Ebola virus

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Chief medical officer’s statement on St. Lucia’s preparedness for the Ebola virus
Chief medical officer speaks on Ministry of Health's preparedness for Ebola in St. Lucia.
Chief medical officer speaks on Ministry of Health’s preparedness for Ebola in St. Lucia.

PRESS RELEASE – During a press conference on Friday August 8th Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Merlene Fredericks stated that The World Health Organisation (WHO) has officially declared the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) as a public health event of international concern.

Dr. Fredericks stated that Ebola is a viral disease spread by direct contact with an infected person so if someone touches or is caring for someone who is ill with the virus and gets into contact with the ill person’s secretions, eg. saliva, vomit, diarrhea, perspiration, then such a person can get infected.

The CMO informed the media of WHO’s statement to all states re: the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) which reads as follows: “There should be no general ban on international travel or trade; restrictions outlined in these recommendations regarding the travel of EVD cases and contacts should be implemented. States should provide travelers to Ebola affected and at-risk areas with relevant information on risks, measures to minimize those risks, and advice for managing a potential exposure.

“States should be prepared to detect, investigate, and manage Ebola cases; this should include assured access to a qualified diagnostic laboratory for EVD and, where appropriate, the capacity to manage travelers originating from known Ebola-infected areas who arrive at international airports or major land crossing points with unexplained febrile illness. The general public should be provided with accurate and relevant information on the Ebola outbreak and measures to reduce the risk of exposure. States should be prepared to facilitate the evacuation and repatriation of nationals (e.g. health workers) who have been exposed to Ebola.”

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  1. With international travel now more prevalent than ever, St. Lucia should not let her guard down, and be on high alert. Do not wait for the virus to attack and spread before taking the necessary precautions. Our health care system is already in shambles.
    There are many international schools in St. Lucia at the moment, with persons from as far as Africa. The new school semester is coming up, and we need to be on the alert.

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  2. Either the headline is misleading or you'll missed some important info on how St.Lucia is preparing for the virus..Check your notes again..it must be in there somewhere because I refuse to believe that's all she had to say..May the creator help us all !

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  3. Yall cah even manage with regular shizz so farless... YALL ARE NOT READY. God forbid...cus with them lackadaisical health practioners...I have no confidence!

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  4. REALLY THAT'S ALL ? SNO SHE MUST HAVE SAID MORE? WHAT ABOUT SAINT lUCIA`S PREPAREDNESS? WHAT IS THE CMO AND HER MINISTRY OF HEALTH DOING TO IDENTIFY POSSIBLE QUARANTINE ZONES AND APPROPRIATE PROTECTIVE GEAR FOR HEALTH WORKERS, PUBLIC SENSITISATION ETC. HMMMMMMMMMMMMMM LORD PROTECT US

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