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When it comes to the Ebola Virus, the Ministry of Health is also a key player in its handling and containment and according to CEO in the Ministry, Peter Allen; they are taking a number of measures to ensure that the country is able and ready to handle any possible detection of the virus in the country. Now, the Prime Minister himself admitted to the media that there are constraints in achieving this a hundred percent, but insisted that government officials are focused and aware of the stakes in the situation but are detrained to protect the citizens.


CEO Allen says that long before yesterday’s series of events, they had  scheduled training with officers of the Phillip Goldson International Airport to provide sensitization and information on the matter and established clear definition of their roles and responsibilities. However, additional measures are being taken, he added.


Screen_Shot_2014-10-17_at_8.21.05_PMPeter Allen- CEO, Ministry of Health

“A screening form for all passengers has been developed and is being implemented and an isolation facility is being provided at the Phillip Goldson International Airport for further screening for passengers who may be considered at some risk due to the surveillance forms. The Ministry of Health has provided a Hotline and the hotline is 629-5604 and we are working with B.T.L. to provide a toll free number as soon as possible to assist in this capacity. We have developed a rapid response team to follow up on places and we have received permission already to hire another ten Public Health inspectors to strengthen our response at the border and points of entry. We have prepared a team for contact tracing and they will be available immediately to contact anybody who shows up on the surveillance issues. We are providing further treatments, further advice on treatment and infection control. Our own guidelines are being constantly reviewed. We have identified sites were isolation may be used if possible.”


It is noteworthy that only recently, after weeks of the Ebola threat broke, that the CDC is only now upgrading cautions and actively monitoring low risk persons who had been asked previously to self-monitor. Even so, GOB has been criticized for its slow response in the matter and again they felt that these new measures should have been taken earlier.


Peter Allen- CEO, Ministry of Health

"All of our people are heavily engaged in different activities throughout the Government service and certainly we take this particular opportunity now to shift this public health issue to the very top of the priority list. So NEMO has now been engaged and all of those representatives are meeting on Monday morning to strengthen that cohesion between the different agencies.


“Would you say that this as others have opined that this should have happened earlier?”

Peter Allen- CEO, Ministry of Health

“I think you will find and we will be happy to go through the list of things we have been doing already that much has been done already I don’t really want to look in hindsight because I could always find things that we could have done better if I do that what I want to do is to encourage all our people to learn the lessons of hindsight and make sure that we continue to do better as we improve.”

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