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Gov’t to conduct Ebola simulation exercise

By Ministry of Health, Wellness, Human Services and Gender Relations

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PRESS RELEASE – The Ministry of Health, Wellness, Human Services and Gender Relations continues to enhance of state of preparedness for all diseases of public health concern, with particular regard to infection control and universal health preparedness.

In this regard, a pilot Ebola simulation drill will be conducted on Monday, January 19, 2015 at the Gros Islet Polyclinic and end on receipt of the patient ‘actor’ at Victoria Hospital by the simulating health team.

The Competencies to be tested at this simulation are:
• Early identification and isolation/separation of potential Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) patients
• Donning and doffing of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
• Transfer of simulated Ebola Patients to Treatment Center
• Contact tracing
• Communication

On August 8th, 2014, the World Health Organization’s Director General declared the Ebola outbreak in the West African countries of Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, a “Public Health Emergency of International Concern”.

This simulation exercise forms part of a series of exercises and trainings being conducted as part of national preparedness. St. Lucia continues to remain at low risk to the threat of the Ebola Virus Disease; however, the Ministry of Health will continue its preparedness efforts and work in partnership with its stakeholders. 

For further information, please contact, Dr. Alisha Eugene, the Health Disaster Coordinator at telephone no. 468-5316 or 285-3146.

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  1. I guess... better late than never.

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