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Ministry on top of any Ebola threat

BEA DOTTIN, [email protected]

Ministry on top of any Ebola threat

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Health authorities are assuring Barbadians that they are aggressively addressing any threat of the deadly Ebola, contrary to comments attributed to Dr Carlos Chase, president of Barbados Association of Medical Practitioners (BAMP).

In responding to Chase’s comments carried in Friday’s WEEKEND NATION, the health ministry, in a statement, also detailed a number of steps that it is taking to prevent the entry of the highly infectious virus now affecting certain West African countries.

It is regarded as the world’s worst outbreak of the virus, killing 3 338 people so far. There have been 7 178 confirmed cases, with Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea suffering the most. One case has been diagnosed in the United States.

Referring to Chase’s point that doctors were not up to speed on the Ebola issue, the ministry said that not only were meetings and training sessions conducted for private and public practitioners at which the procedures for handling Ebola were discussed, but the ministry was also in direct communication with the medical fraternity, updating them regularly with Ebola bulletins. (JS/BGIS)