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Jamaica better ready for Ebola than US was - Ferguson

Published:Thursday | December 11, 2014 | 12:00 AMTamara Bailey, Gleaner Writer

Mandeville, Manchester:
With several countries implementing measures to keep the deadly Ebola virus at bay, Minister of Health, Dr Fenton Ferguson claims the Jamaica is now better equipped to deal with a possible outbreak.

“Where we are now, we are far more prepared for Ebola, than the United States was a couple months ago … we have been training persons in terms of the gear that they have to use and preparing hospitals that will have isolation areas”. 

According to Ferguson, there will be two treatment areas, one at Cornwall Regional Hospital and the other at the National Chest Hospital.

He says five ambulances will be designated for the transportation of victims.

The Health Minister also says border control and health communication strategies will be intensified.

Ferguson, who was speaking at a chik-V/Ebola Town Hall meeting put on by the Manchester Health Department last evening, said expedience will be of utmost importance once someone presents with symptoms of the deadly virus.

Meanwhile, Ferguson implored persons to properly manage the chikungunya virus, as though new cases appear to be declining, chik-V remains a cause for concern.

“We have to be careful how we manage chik-V, when it started out we said to you that in the first instance you should be using paracetamol or panadol … what we are now saying to you, in the period of relapse that it may even require physiotherapy and going for the stronger anti-inflammatory medication with the guidance of your physician”.