Minister of Health announces trip to Cuba as part of Ebola response
Minister of Health, Dr Fenton Ferguson will be leading a delegation to Cuba to seek support in light of the threat of Ebola. Ferguson made the announcement on Friday, October 17, at the official reopening of the Llandewey Health Centre in St Thomas.
“I have met with the Cuban ambassador and a broad delegation including the private sector will be visiting Cuba to seek support from the Government. As we are aware, Cuba sent a mission to West Africa in the response to the Ebola outbreak in that region and we would like some support from their medical doctors to help with our national response.” Ferguson stated.
Minster Ferguson called for unity in the coordinated response to Eloba. “While we are going through the chikungunya outbreak, we know that the mortality rate for this disease is less than 1 per cent but Ebola is no joke. The Ebola virus is a severe, often fatal illness with a death rate of up to 90 per cent. The prime minister has elevated the country’s response to a National Health Response. We are calling on every citizens of this country to unite around this response,” he stated.
The reopening of the Llandewey Health Centre forms part of the ministry’s strategy to build and restore more health facilities to allow citizens to access care easily. More than one hundred health centres have been repaired as a demonstration of the ministry’s commitment to develop the primary health care infrastructure across the island.
Renovation of the Llandewey Health Centre was at a cost of approximately $11 million and included repairs to the ceiling and roof, grill installation, painting, erection of fencing, as well as an expansion to facilitate additional storage for the pharmacy and lunchroom for the staff.
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