The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and some CARICOM countries have committed to assist Jamaica in its preparedness and readiness to deal with an Ebola outbreak, should the deadly virus pose a threat to the country. This comes in light of the fact that the United States is now on high alert with its first confirmed Ebola case earlier this week and the tracing and isolation of persons the patient, Thomas Eric Duncan, is suspected to have come in contact with.
Among the commitments is to provide personal protection equipment (PPE) and gear for health-care workers. Special gear include gloves, masks, gowns or full-body suits, high boots and eye or face shields.
“PAHO has confirmed support for the provision of PPEs from its warehouse in Panama. If the need arises in Jamaica, items can be made available within 24 hours of notification of a case,” acting permanent secretary in the Ministry of Health, Dr Kevin Harvey, said in a statement yesterday.Read More….