• Today
    March 21

  • 06:55 AM

Ready to handle H1N1

Lisa King,

Added 10 May 2011


Chief Medical Officer Dr Joy St John says Barbados is well prepared to deal with any outbreak of the Influenza A (H1N1) 2009. She gave this assurance yesterday in response to the warning of a possible outbreak of (H1N1) issued by the Caribbean Epidemiology Centre (CAREC) late last month. Against the backdrop of sporadic outbreaks reported in countries in the Americas since the beginning of this year, CAREC recommended that Caribbean countries reactivate their national preparedness plans for the pandemic. The Chief Medical Officer explained that Barbados did not have an alarming number of reported cases of the illness but if that situation arose measures would be put in place to deal with it. St John said Barbados had an ongoing comprehensive influenza surveillance system that was strengthened by the past H1N1 outbreak. “So all the time we have been monitoring through getting tests from the public primary care sector, from Sir Winston Scott Polyclinic, the Accident and Emergency, [and] also from the tests done on persons who come in with influenza symptoms who are admitted to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.” In addition, the ministry had kept up surveillance at the ports of entry, she said, and maintained good communication with cruise ships, with the ships sending their medical records ahead of time.    Special reporting protocols have also been sent out to key stakeholders including the University of the West Indies and, if necessary, will be sent to nursing homes and schools.


Dos and Donts

Welcome to our discussion forum here on nationnews.com. We encourage lively debate, but we also urge you to take note of the following:

  • Stay on topic – This helps keep the thread focused on the discussion at hand. If you would like to discuss another topic, look for a relevant article.
  • Be respectful – Meeting differences of opinion with civil discussion encourages multiple perspectives and a positive commenting environment.
  • Do not type in capitals – In addition to being considered “shouting” it is also difficult to read.
  • All comments will be moderated – Given the volume of comments each day, this may take some time. So please be patient.
  • We reserve the right to remove comments – Comments that we find to be abusive, spam, libellous, hateful, off-topic or harassing may be removed.
  • Reproduction of comments – Some of your comments may be reproduced on the website or in our daily newspapers. We will use the handle, not your email address.
  • Do not advertise – Please contact our Advertising Department.
  • Contact our Online Editor if you have questions or concerns.
  • Read our full Commenting Policy and Terms of Use.
comments powered by Disqus


Should the Barbados Secondary Schools' Entrance Examination (11+) be abolished?