GIS – The plan includes public education and sensitization, and recommends exploration of a harmonized regional approach.
Saint Lucia’s Ministry of Health, Wellness, Human Services and Gender Relations has crafted a comprehensive response to the Ebola Virus Outbreak.
This response, presented by Senior Medical Officer Dr. Sharon Belmar-George, maps out a clear strategy that aims to combat the spread of the virus on island, should the need arise.
The objectives include the education and sensitization of health workers and the public; the enhancement of port services; having active surveillance at high risk institutions; the dissemination of general hygiene and infection control information; and the identification of isolation rooms for potential cases in designated hospitals.
The plan also involves the implementation of a communications strategy which will include Ebola sensitization sessions, the production of pamphlets, public service announcements and live television programs.
The Ministry of Health also recommended the establishment of a high level National Health Security Committee to coordinate the national response.
Other important recommendations include exploration of a regional approach to harmonize policies and the provision of adequate supplies for infection control and prevention.
The Ebola Virus Disease is a hemorrhagic fever caused by the Ebola Virus and is named after the Ebola River in Zaire. Symptoms include fever, chills, headaches, muscle aches and loss of appetite.