A minimum of two Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries have responded to a warning by the Trinidad-based Caribbean Public Health Agency (CAPHA) that regional nations should search to boost disease surveillance at ports of entry and at health facilities following the categorization of the present outbreak of the Ebola virus disease as a public health emergency.
St Lucia and Barbados have both indicated that steps are being taken to make sure that their populations aren’t put in danger for the disease the World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC).
The WHO assertion was in reference to the present EVD outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
St Lucia’s Chief Medical Officer (CMO), Dr. Merlene Fredericks-James says while the danger of getting a case of Ebola is extremely low here, the potential for being affected exists, no matter how low it could be.
“Although the outbreak continues within the Democratic Republic of Congo, the World Health Organisation has indicated that at this time limit it’s not essential for nations which can be far away – such as countries within the Caribbean, to implement excessive screening measures at their ports,” Fredericks-James said in a press release available to the media.
She recalled that over the past Ebola “scare” St Lucia had carried out screening measures at its ports.