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International partners pledge to help Jamaica with Ebola preparations

Published:Thursday | October 2, 2014 | 10:27 PM

Jerome Reynolds, Staff Reporter



KINGSTON, Jamaica:

Jamaica’s international partners have signalled that they are prepared to provide hazard-management gear to the country if the deadly Ebola virus arrives on local soil.




That’s the word from President of the Jamaica Medical Doctor's Association, Dr Alfred Dawes.



Health care workers, particularly at the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI), have expressed concerns about their safety in light of news that Jamaica does not have enough equipment to deal with Ebola.



The university hospital is one of the facilities which will be used to treat Ebola patients if the need arises.



At a workshop yesterday doctors and other healthcare workers at the hospital expressed reservation about treating Ebola patients if the gap in protective gear is not fixed.



Speaking on Cliff Hughes Online of Power 106 this morning, Dr Dawes said doctors have been assured that Jamaica stands to receive international help to fight Ebola.



Dawes further said doctors have also been assured that measures have been put in place to respond to Ebola.



Jamaica has been on high alert after a man was diagnosed with Ebola in the United States on Tuesday.



The government has since announced that the Ministry of Health has heightened surveillance at all ports of entry and health facilities.



It says this includes assigning additional staff to screen and assess passengers who have travelled to countries affected by the Ebola virus.



The Government further says a special treatment centre has been established and all hospitals have identified isolation rooms.



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