“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.