Saturday 22 February, 2020

Coronavirus: SVG and Grenada remain vigilant

Photo via Facebook, SVG Ministry of Health, Wellness and Environment

Photo via Facebook, SVG Ministry of Health, Wellness and Environment

The Caribbean continues to remain cautious in relation to the novel coronavirus although the region has been listed as low risk to the outbreak. 

In St Vincent and the Grenadines, staff at the Milton Cato Memorial Hospital recently participated in refresher training in the use of an isolation transportation trolley and mobile isolation system.  

This as the Ministry of Health, Wellness and the Environment says the nation continues to strengthen its capacities, particularly in the area of preparedness, control and response.  

The Ministry says both systems are equipped with an air filter that cleans the air before it is released into the atmosphere.  

Additionally, the tent comes with mobile AC units, ozone generators (to create negative air pressure so it can be cleaned before being expelled into the atmosphere), chairs, tables, tabletop autoclaves, garbage cans and a quantity of personal protection equipment (PPE’s).  

Both sets of equipment were procured through a partnership with the National Emergency Management Organisation (NEMO) on a Japanese project. 

The training for the hospital staff took place on the grounds of NEMO.  

 

(Photo via Facebook, Ministry of Carriacou and Petite Martinique and Local Government Affairs: Stakeholder meeting in Carriacou)

Meanwhile, in Grenada, measures were discussed on safeguarding the islands of Carriacou and Petite Martinique from the coronavirus.  

This is according to a statement from the Ministry of Carriacou and Petite Martinique and Local Affairs Government. 

Kindra Maturine-Stewart, who is the Minister in charge, met with health professionals, immigration, police, airport and Port Authority representatives in Carriacou to develop a contingency plan.  

The plan entails a health declaration, probing questionnaires, the establishment of a quarantine and isolation area, heightened surveillance and the operation of handheld thermometers at the island’s ports of entry. 

The Minister said that with Carriacou and Petite Martinique being directly connected to islands such as St Vincent and the Grenadines, measures must be put in place for the safety of citizens of Grenada on a whole from all ports of entry. 

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