President of the Civil Service Association (CSA) Mary Isaac is calling on the Ministry of Health to step up its response and training, when it comes to dealing with the Ebola virus.
Isaac said while reports suggests that St. Lucia has advanced its preparation in response to a possible Ebola threat, there are several workers at the island’s ports of entry, who have not received any training.
The CSA president said that the Ministry of Health should engage the general public on its plans and not just say to the public that plans are in place, but they must be able to show the populace what is being done.
“I have met with some of my members and they have been telling us they have not been trained to do anything, they’ve only been told about plans. It has to move from a conversation to action now,” she said.
Isaac noted that it is important at this stage to get the public’s confidence and preparing everyone who has the possibility of coming into contact with any possible case of Ebola.
According to her, the Ministry of Health should also allow the media to witness some of the training that is being talked about, so that they can report it to the general public.
“The nurses at the stations do not have the proper equipment. We need to do our own demonstrations like the rest of the world. We do not have the proper gear (suit),” she stressed.
Isaac opined that the national response to Ebola leaves much to be desired.
Senator Dr. Stephen King has also expressed similar sentiments, stating that the island needs to step-up response efforts.
Parliament is scheduled to receive a report from the Ministry of Health on St Lucia’s response to the Ebola threat, on Thursday.