The spread of the deadly virus in Africa has also been a concern for people locally.
Participants were educated on the virus’s history, symptoms and treatment, among others. Persons were also briefed on how to handle patients for quarantine purposes, especially when it comes to going to the hospital, and what to do with the corpse of someone who died from Ebola.
However, the participants questioned whether Saint Lucia is fully prepared to deal with the virus. They were reassured that systems are already in place and further plans are being made to educate smaller groups of people on the virus. The island also hopes to activate surveillance at all major port of entries.
Officer in Charge of the Bureau of Health Education Alison Isebert told St. Lucia News Online (SNO) that the Ministry of Health will be introducing shortly, a public education campaign to sensitise the public on the virus and to help reduce the mass hysteria.
Training will be conducted with officials from various government agencies such as: Saint Lucia Air and Sea Port Authority (SLASPA), immigration, funeral homes, Saint Lucia Red Cross and Saint Lucia Hotel and Tourism Hospitality Association (SLHTA), among several others.
Isebert told SNO that the ministry plans to very shortly, re-institute and strengthen the plans that were already in place to deal with the H1NI virus for Ebola. Additional protective equipment will also be sourced to provide first-responders, who may at any time, come into contact with suspected Ebola victims.