Tuesday 14 July, 2020

St Kitts & Nevis takes preventative action against the coronavirus

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St Kitts and Nevis has strengthened its surveillance mechanisms and pre-emptive healthcare procedures at its air and seaport in response to the global outbreak and subsequent spread of the coronavirus.

To date there have been no confirmed cases within the Federation, but the local health system is poised to detect, contain and manage the situation should the virus reach its shores.

A statement from the Federations government says all incoming passengers are obligated to answer question 17 on the Customs and Immigration Form, which requires a listing of all countries visited within the last six weeks.

Inspectors from the Environmental Health Department stationed at each cruise port are mandated to board each vessel to review passenger travel manifest and all medical reports for passengers exhibiting flu-like symptoms.

Passengers displaying such symptoms will not be allowed to disembark.

 “Any and all incoming passenger who have travelled to or from any of the following countries within the last 14 days will be asked to provide travel history, history of exposure to the virus and contact information: China, Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea, Italy, Japan and Iran. Persons travelling to/from these destinations within the last 14 days are asked not to travel to St Kitts and Nevis.”

The statement further states that the Federation reserves the right to deny entry to any non-nationals who have visited the listed countries within the incubation period.

The Health Ministry has joined forces with the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and other government agencies to action a national disaster preparedness and response plan to prevent, monitor and manage the spread of the virus.
 
The government has also launched a nationwide awareness campaign, with teams of health officials visiting schools, businesses and communities to reinforce the importance of preventative actions.

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