PRESS RELEASE – The Ministry of Health has developed a multi-sectoral approach in terms of improving the ability to respond and the state of readiness of St.Lucia in relation to a possible threat of the Ebola Virus.
Senior Medical Officer (SMO) in the Ministry of Health, Dr. Sharon Belmar-George stated, ” Due to the level of travel and trade that we have, the global travel and trade that we have seen, we have to ensure that we have a state of preparedness in terms of increasing our possibility of detecting a case if one comes and also managing a case on the island.”
Dr. Belmar noted that the Ministry of Health has taken an approach which has been approved by both regional and international standards, which includes education and sensitization for health and non-health workers including stakeholders, increased active surveillance at ports of entry, active surveillance at high risk institution such as Medical Schools and Religious Institutions including Hotels.
The SMO further noted that the ministry has increased its prompt recognition strategies in terms of travelers with a six week travel history to areas that may have had cases of Ebola.
Health care institutions and health care workers have been put on alert with isolation rooms identified at all major health institutions.