Guyana planning greater Ebola response and precautions

Guyana planning greater Ebola response and precautions

President Donald Ramotar on Friday met with top officials from several sectors including, security, aviation and medical officials to discuss Guyana’s preparedness for any possible Ebola cases. The meeting is one of several scheduled to keep all officials apprised of the latest developments, and possible constraints that may arise in addressing concerns across the sectors in dealing with any possible cases.

The meeting held at the Office of the President was also advised about facilities that have been prepared, and are being prepared for the quarantining of suspected victims of Ebola.

The Health Ministry has begun training more than 1,600 persons to deal with any suspected cases of the disease. Health care facilities are also being prepared to handle suspected cases, along with the procurement of protective gear and medical supplies. In case of the latter, international support from agencies such as the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) and the World Health Organisation (WHO) it is anticipated would provide the necessary support on a case by case basis, to boost the capabilities of Caribbean member states as needed to respond to suspected cases.

About 5,000 people have already died from the disease, with close to 9,000 other cases being reported according to the WHO.

Guyana has instituted travel restrictions for persons from West African nations stricken by the disease. Several Caribbean nations have also instituted similar travel restrictions; these include St Vincent, St Lucia and St Kitts and Nevis.

Filed: 25th October, 2014

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