The Ministry of Health Wellness and the Environment has been briefing stakeholders on its plan of action in relation to the outbreak of the Ebola disease in Africa. .
A release from the Ministry says the plan was outlined during a meeting of stakeholders held on Tuesday.
The Ministry says the stakeholders were updated on the global situation and present risk level in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. There was also a presentation on the virus, as well as an outline of the Ministry’s plan of action.
The Plan of Action includes; an immediate risk assessment; enhanced public health surveillance; increased public awareness and management of suspected cases.
Thirty stakeholders, including representatives from all Medical Schools here in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, the Passport and Immigration Department, the Ministry of National Security, the Ministry of Tourism and the Ministry of Health, participated in the discussion.
The stakeholders have committed to collaborating with the Ministry of Health to enhance surveillance for the Ebola virus.
Ebola is a viral illness with initial symptoms that can include a sudden fever, intense weakness, muscle pain and a sore throat,
As the illness progresses affected persons will experience vomiting, diarrhea and – in some cases – both internal and external bleeding.
The symptoms typically start two to 21 days after contracting the virus.