As panic continues to grip the world as the death toll from the coronavirus continues to climb, Guyana continues to put stringent screening systems in place to guard against the virus here.
The Chief Executive Officer of the Georgetown Hospital, retired Brigadier George Lewis told News Source today that the Georgetown Hospital is one of two sites identified by the Ministry of Public Health to address screening, quarantine of persons coming from China.
He said there has been no case of anyone turning up with the virus or showing symptoms of the virus.
Mr. Lewis shot down reports on a popular social media page that a suspected patient was at the Georgetown Hospital and later moved to another hospital.
“That never happened and it’s false and crazy. That never happened and there is no case of the coronavirus in Guyana. None”, Lewis said.
He said persons should not be spreading rumours that could create panic in the society.
The Deputy Chief Medical Officer at the Ministry of Public Health, Dr. Karen Boyle during an appearance on a 94.1 radio show, explained that the Public Health Ministry is following all of the international guidelines set out by the World Health Organisation to guard against the coronavirus.
Dr. Boyle reminded that Guyana is a low-risk country for the coronavirus because of the many international guidelines that are in place and being followed.
With firm restrictions in place dealing with travel to and from China, the Deputy Chief Medical Officer said any person coming from China, would first have to pass Chinese screening systems for the virus and for those heading to Guyana, they would have to undergo a number of other screenings at various ports of entry since there is no direct flight between China and Guyana.
She revealed that Guyana has stepped up the monitoring of all ports of entry and additional medical personnel have been dispatched to the outlying bordering communities.
Dr. Boyle said a number of Guyanese medical students who returned to Guyana following the outbreak in China a few weeks ago, have undergone all screening and are being monitored at their homes daily.
The Ministry of Health Official also revealed that there is no case of the coronavirus in Guyana and similarly no case in the Caribbean region.