Ebola outbreak investigation teams poised for action

Ebola outbreak investigation teams poised for action

Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Merlene Fredericks, said the two response teams are in place and can be activated at any time.

“The team is compromised of a district medical officer, an environmental health officer, a fire service staff member and a public health nurse,” she said. “The team also comes with a designated ambulance. There are two designated Ebola response ambulances—one for the north and one for the south.”

Allowances were also made for backup Ebola Investigation Teams.

“We currently have two teams, one in the north and one in south and [each has] an alternate,” Dr. Fredericks said adding that all teams have been apprised of their roles and responsibilities.

Airports are also prepared for potential threats. T here are port health nurses at each of the island’s airports and quarantine facilities present at the airports where health workers can change into personal protective equipment (PPE), and attend to a case of interest.

Cases of interest take several factors into account.

“If the individual has a positive travel history which means they have been to an affected country—Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone; of if the person has fever, then that person is definitely high risk for Ebola,” she explained. “It might be Ebola, it may not be, but we treat it as if it were Ebola until proven otherwise.”

Following training sessions, Assistant Superintendant of Police with the Immigration Department, Crusita Descartes Pelius, said all front line personnel at the island’s ports of entry are familiar with the protocol implemented by the Ministry of Health in the handling of Ebola cases.


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  3. Are there any supplementary investigation teams for tracking down contacts, in case of a person who comes into the country supposedly well but presenting with symptoms and testing positive within the incubation period? What if it is a tourist who has travelled on a taxi or minibus, where neither names nor faces are recorded, either manually, electronically or perhaps not even in memory. Is there a plan in place for dealing with that particular aspect of this problem. Will there be any consultations with taxi and minibus drivers. Just giving thought to this is frightening, but I am certain that the strategic planners would have taken all this into consideration. I would be happy for some feedback.


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