SLFS say they are ready to deal with coronavirus
The Saint Lucia Fire Service (SLFS) say they are ready and are taking preparatory measures to deal with coronavirus if it ever reaches Saint Lucia shores.
The World Health Organization (WHO) said there have been over five thousand confirmed cases of the Novel Coronavirus worldwide, surpassing the SARS outbreak in 2002 and 2003.
The confirmed cases underscored how quick and effective response to a number of emerging diseases means protecting caregivers from first responders to hospital staff from dangerous pathogens.
Deputy Chief of the SLFS, David Antoine says the department has the manpower, capabilities, and resources to deal with the Coronavirus if they have to.
“We have just completed a training program with our men in the north and last week we did the same in the south,” Antoine told news reporters.
“We have been able to put our PPE’s together, our gears, protective equipment, our masks as well so in the event of any confirmed case or if we have to respond to any incident that is close enough to it that we will be able to protect ourselves,” he added.
The deputy fire chief says the staff has been cautioned to take all precautionary measures and be mindful when reporting to emergency calls where there seem to be signs of flu-like symptoms.
Coronavirus Symptoms include fever, cough and difficulty breathing. There is no vaccine to protect against infection, and the virus can spread person to person.