OECS Health Ministers to meet for talks on Ebola virus

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OECS Health Ministers to meet for talks on Ebola virus

PRESS RELEASE – OECS Health Ministers will meet in St. Vincent and the Grenadines on 15 October 2014 to develop a comprehensive strategy to help mitigate emerging viral diseases, particularly, chickungunya and Ebola.

The meeting, which will be addressed by the Director General of the OECS Commission, will engage various regional and international agencies to develop urgent and innovative strategies to combat these debilitating diseases.

Another important item on the ministers’ agenda is the World Paediatric Project, which operates in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, providing medical assistancein-country and in the USA.  The meeting will explore mechanisms to expand the project to serve the children of the OECS.

Ministers and technical personnel will also discuss the annual Work Program of the OECS Pharmaceutical Procurement Service, which is responsible for the procurement and management of medical products for the OECS public health sector.  For the past year, the OECS Pharmaceutical Procurement Service (OECS/PPS) purchased approximately $22 million worth of medical products, which resulted in aggregate cost savings of $4.35 million.

The OECS/PPS Annual Report reveals that the availability of medicines in the OECS Member States was satisfactory, and citizens had access to essential medicines to sustain their health care.

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  1. Folks take this from me,Ebola is not your common cold of flu.This stuf is a level 4 bio-harzard(extremley infectious).I suggest the cariibean islands try to come with a collective plan.No one cariibean island can withstand the fury of this stuff.Pray this shit dont get to St.Lucia.

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  2. The response in a country with little hospitals and lack of resources should be as follows: Train a RESPONSE TEAM to respond to suspected cases of ebola in the home. Ask persons with suspected cases to remain home and contact the emergency response team. The team treats the case in the home and quarantines in the home. The little hospitals we have and the high demands should not even attempt to deal with ebola. If they have a suspected case in hospital, the response team will sanitise the location and take the person to a seperate location used to quarantine and treat ebola. I repeat, donot even try to do this in our two little hospitals. you looking for a huge health care disaster.

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  3. People, we are way behind the curve on this. However, better late than never. Do we have HAZMAT SUITS on order yet?

    Sooner or later some person or persons will have to be isolated to prevent and CONTAIN the spread of a disease that SPREADS VIRULENTLY AT AN EXPONENTIAL RATE!

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  4. They failed miserably with chickungunya. If you for one second believe it would be any different with any other disease u will be sorely mistaken

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