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BAMP fully on board

After expressing reservations about Barbados’ level of preparedness for Ebola, the Barbados Association of Medical Practitioners (BAMP) is now vowing to work with the Ministry of Health in developing and executing the country’s plan.

BAMP said in a statement issued this evening that the ministry appeared to have taken some of its concerns on board, including the best practices for the management of this deadly infectious disease.

It said this included, “best practices for the handling, storage and cremation of bodies, the provision of adequate numbers of personal protective equipment, the decontamination of any areas and the training of the medical, paramedical, support staff and ancillary staff who would be in the front line.”

The statement was issued a day after members of BAMP’s council met with Chief Medical Officer Dr Joy St John to its address concerns.

“The involvement of all public and private sector health care facilities and clinics at all levels was also discussed,” BAMP noted.

It, however, pointed out that “the public needs to be informed about the measures to be taken and their role should such an eventuality occur here. A wide spread educational programme was recommended which BAMP fully supports.”

QEH PREPARED The construction of a fully-equipped Isolation Unit at the Enmore Health Centre of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital is well underway. Last month, Minister of Health John Boyce announced that the four-bed facility would be part of the Ministry’s action plan to ensure the island is fully prepared to deal with highly contagious infectious diseases, including Ebola.

Construction underway at the Isolation Unit.

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