Monday 21 October, 2019

MoH hosts participants for Ebola preparedness meeting

The Ministry of Health hosted a multi-stakeholder meeting on Monday, to review existing plans for the national response to highly contagious diseases, including Ebola.

This was done in light of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) declaration on July 17th, that the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo is “a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC)”.

The Ministry sought to assure the public that the threat to the Caribbean is not high but added that steps will be taken for any eventuality.

“Although the risk to the Caribbean is low, the Ministry of Health is ensuring that the existing plans and response mechanisms are robust and can be easily and quickly activated in the unlikely event that a suspected case of Ebola presents in Trinidad and Tobago.”

The following entities were represented in this meeting:

- Ministry of Health

- Ministry of Communications

- Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA)

- Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM)

- Regional Health Authorities

The measure was taken as part of the Ministry of Health’s efforts to work collaboratively with all stakeholders to safeguard the health of the Trinidad and Tobago population.

 

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