Low Chance Of Ebola Coming To SVG

The Ministry of Health, Wellness and the Environment says while the risk of Ebola coming to St. Vincent and the Grenadines remains low, the Ministry continues to remain vigilant.

A release from the Ministry says efforts are continuing to ensure that measures are in place for early detection, immediate isolation and containment to prevent spread, clinical management, contact tracing and additional Ebola educational campaigns to keep citizens informed.

The Ministry says it can confirm that two required blood samples have been sent to the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) for confirmation. However, in-house spot testing has confirmed the diagnosis of Malaria.

It explained that several steps are being taken to keep the country ready to deal with the unlikely event of Ebola.

According to the Ministry, persons who have traveled to countries which are said to have widespread ebola transmissions, eg. Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and others, in the last 21 days are identified.

These travelers will be monitored for symptoms of Ebola. Sick persons will be isolated and their contacts traced.as part of the preventative process. Health personnel will avoid direct contact with body fluids of the suspected person at risk for Ebola, and hands constantly washed.

The Ministry of Health, Wellness and the Environment has reiterated that there is no case of Ebola here in St Vincent and the Grenadines. However, citizens are assured that all is being done to contain and manage the current case of Malaria.