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Health ministry on high alert for Ebola virus

By Ministry of Health

Dr. Sharon Belmar George, Senior Medical Officer .

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.

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32 comments

  1. we need to close our ports from ppl from the Africa and other countries from that area. for me from the day i hear a suspected case im not leaving my house and i dont want any visitors wither.

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  2. Just when Labour gave its much anticipated report on the nation at the Market steps, Thursday, 21st August, 2014, the minister of health reported on the nation's health. But just as she represented what was supposedly a stunning health card on the nation’s health the night's chairman of proceedings, the joker of servile, blasted her remarks in what will forever remain a comedy or errors. no sooner Alvina got off the podium Dalson asked the crowd how many of them had chikungunya? there about practically everyone in the crowd raised their hands. it was like BANG, the joker of servile had just about shot down the health minister’s pronouncement on the nation’s health. realising his mistake the joker from servile tried to recover from the ill-fated humour by talking about a deadlier disease called Chastanet-gunya, but by then the punchline had already been delivered with the minister of health exposed sans tjilot. Besides, the crowd was having none of it as a sudden sobriety fell over them, no doubt, about their health under labour. now, with Ebola how many peeps will there be to raise their hands if it reaches our shores, en rogue, en rogue, en rogue!

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  3. know one can change the world these sickness will come doctor will not have a solution for all sickness this world is poluted with drity virus let us ask god to keep us away from these deasespray with faith and believe

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  4. What The Hell You'll Thinking Don't Let No African In The country

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  5. Don't Let No Ducking African In St Lucia

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  6. Would that be a great way to increase tourism?

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  7. Perhaps, a St. Lucian could step up and discover the cure. Hey, anything is possible.

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  8. every time I hear the word EBOLA my HEART ACHES!!!!!(SAD,FACE)

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  9. we r not prepared at all. i know cause i am an immigration officer. there r no isolation rooms on the airport. the nurses stay at the arriv londged and watch the plp come in , the nurses r not suited and they do not wear any gloves. they let the passengers come to immigration before they can question them and ask what country r they from. last week we had a nigerian national who after we checked him then the nurse is saying she wants him to b quarantine. so tell me now r we still ready. we r ready for an ebola threat is utter bullshit.

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    • That nurse should be fired on the spot. If she allows the man to walk and was not doing her job then we should be getting rid of her if ask me for an advise.

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  10. We can barely handle Chikungunya think is Ebola? Lmao at least ya'll trying to do something about it...

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  11. What a load of crap! The health care system can't handle the chikungunya epidemic so I highly doubt they can even touch the surface of an ebola outbreak. People have to sleep in the corridors at VH due to overcrowding, ultra sounds can be done every two weeks, you can't get an x-ray past certain hours and this Dr has the courage to say we can deal with it?

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  12. MORE BS...

    CANT EVEN ADDRESS THE FACT THAT VISITORS AT THE AIRPORTS HAVE ACCESS TO & USE THE SAME TOILETS AS OUR LOCAL CUSTOMS & IMMIGRATION STAFF. CANT EVEN ADDRESS THE PROPER SANITISATION OF THOSE WASHROOMS BC LIMITED RESOURCES.

    WHAT HAPPENS IF/WHEN THOSE CUSTOMS & IMMIGRATION PERSONNEL BRING HOME ANY DISEASE TO THEIR FAMILY/COMMUNITY...

    THEM POLITICAL FAT CATS THE FIRST TO FLY OUT WITH THEIR VISA.

    SMH

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  13. The comments ahead of me are so "on the point," therefore, i will simply reiterate the fact that St. Lucians are intelligent people and the authorities should not disrespect us by attempting to put our minds at peace through deceit. Let's all pray for the best because if we have just one case here... St. Lucia FINNI!!

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  14. how could st lucia be prepared for the ebola virus where as the united states is not even prepared SMH sharon will and come again

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  15. With what money???

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  16. aa u cannot even control a little chicken-got-yah but is ebola ull can take on. this i would like to see- i mean really......................

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    • Ebola is spoken of by the Ministry, not because it has already arrived here, but because this is what the public wants to know. The general public have gone into a state of panic, maintaining focus on the disease, despite efforts to redirect it. As such, rather than come out as cowering from the very many questions, the Ministry has resorted to coming out and answering them.

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  17. I have a feeling that Ebola is already in St.Lucia; otherwise, it wouldn't be spoken of every single day by the medical officials.

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  18. L O freaking L...seriously ppl seriously? HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHAAAAAAAAAAAAA!

    ummmm on paper maybe! I cant believe that statement was made! yall eh even have resources to ensure snake venom is readily available - it's Ebola yall ready for!

    All I can say is Russian roulette is where SLU stands with Ebola!

    For the life of me I hope we are ready and can deal if this arises!

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  19. They are lying to us and we have proven that. Remember when they told us that everything was already in place at the ports in preparedness for the ebola virus and that was proven to be a lie. Now there is a case in the USA they are just panicking with other lies. The whole idea is to protect the tourism industry by prevent an uproar from the public.There are no doctors at the port. There are nurses and the Ministry knows that they are in no position to diagnose the virus.

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  20. I always believe that nonsense is something that should never be defended. So its amazing the extent even senior government officers will go to disguise and prop up government inadequacies.

    What really is an isolation room? Do we really have isolation rooms here or designated rooms. When I see the criteria for the word isolation on the television what we have are really reserved sections which hardly satisfy the criteria of a completed closed and air quality monitored environment.

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  21. the only way you can deal with this is isolate every body that comes from africa for 21 days before they can be on st lucia streets.until you can do this don't tell me other wise..cause you and i both know what you guys saying is impossible and it's not enough for st lucians to be at ease with...the states could not prevent it from getting in...what makes you think you will be able to detect it if someone enter the island and show no signs of being sick..in you mouth..

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  22. With gunya goin viral st lucia ready for ebola...interestin

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  23. We have one case of malaria far less to contain this deadly disease which has no cure. There is no accountability when it comes to negligence in the health care system here, so I think we are far from containing this dreaded disease. Our only hope is prayer for healing and with the hopes this does not reach our shores. I think our people are intelligent enough to know when they are taken for fools.

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  24. Seriously ??!! Prepared ??? How so??? Cuz there are rooms for isolation???? Lol OMG ... When will we realize that this is an epidemic!! Smh

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  25. ok, Dr Belmar George, I think you're doing the best you can given the limited resources you have to work with

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  26. It's already in texas, so Lucian beware

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  27. Be nice people, she's trying - Lol St. Lucia and Ebola.

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  28. A bunch of liars......

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  29. That's the BEST Sharon could come up with? I'm so annoyed!

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  30. Choopse, keep wasting our money!.........No where else in the world prepared but yall are....

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