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Barbados remains Ebola free

Don’t panic!

That is the plea to Barbadians from Acting Minister of Health Donville Inniss as the United States reports its first case of the deadly Ebola virus and checks as many as 100 people for possible exposure.

Speaking during a tour of Sils Dialysis Barbados at Belleville, St Michael this evening, he said even though red flags may now be raised because of the US case, his ministry was not in panic mode.

Instead, he said, it had taken a proactive approach to this latest development.

“There are protocols that have been in place for many years to deal with communicable diseases which the ministry continues to follow,” Inniss pointed out.

He said the ministry continues to be updated by the World Health Organization, the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention and other reputable international bodies.

“So I believe those protocols are being followed. Certainly what some may consider simple things – having the personal protective equipment available – the state will continue to ensure that whatever health care workers need to protect themselves to provide optimum care to anyone who may be affected [is] there,” Inniss said.

“So I would just say to the country on the whole, on behalf of the Ministry of Health, that we are proactive, we are continuing to be very vigilant . . . continuing to sensitize and train our frontline workers in health care as well as those at ports of entry and those who normally have to respond and assist the ministry in any such matters. But I don’t think Barbadians have anything to worry about.”

He reiterated that the ministry would continue to be “very” vigilant.

Chief Medical Officer Dr Joy St John, who returned to her substantive post yesterday after a stint with an international organization, told reporters that the proposed isolation centre for communicable diseases, including Ebola, should be ready by the end of the month.

12 Responses to Barbados remains Ebola free

  1. Maya Trotz
    Maya Trotz October 3, 2014 at 6:17 am

    What an odd ending to the rest of the article.

  2. Cheryl A Rollins
    Cheryl A Rollins October 3, 2014 at 7:02 am

    Don’t panic?? The last time this government told us not to panic it threw the economy into threads. When are you going to panic and start putting things in place to deal with this deadly virus? Other countries with more resources than we do are panicking. Wake up Donville!!!

  3. Nikki Brown
    Nikki Brown October 3, 2014 at 7:18 am

    Same was said about chik V

  4. Angel Blossoms
    Angel Blossoms October 3, 2014 at 8:21 am

    It will if the government bring those students from Nigeria .

  5. Muhammad Hasan
    Muhammad Hasan October 3, 2014 at 11:54 am

    “I believe the protocols are being followed”???? Are you right in your phucking head?…

  6. Simone Thompson
    Simone Thompson October 3, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    for now…

  7. Bernard Walker
    Bernard Walker October 3, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    suga suga

  8. jr smith October 3, 2014 at 3:05 pm

    All black people will wait and pray for divine intervention, while most of us die.
    Now we are going to see ,who survives this epidemic.

  9. Cherylann Bourne-Hayes
    Cherylann Bourne-Hayes October 3, 2014 at 4:14 pm

    The USA said the same thing. Now the number is up to 3 or 4. All it takes is one.

  10. Cherylann Bourne-Hayes
    Cherylann Bourne-Hayes October 3, 2014 at 6:11 pm

    Apparently the questioning of their travels did not work because some lied on the questions asked. .

  11. Lanna Douglas
    Lanna Douglas October 3, 2014 at 7:33 pm

    If yuh want tuh live yuh have tuh lie

  12. Lanna Douglas
    Lanna Douglas October 3, 2014 at 7:34 pm

    Yuh gine see how fast dem planes gine full up people desparate nobody want to dead


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