Tobago on swine flu alert
Tobago is ready to deal with any cases of the H1N1, swine flu virus.
That assurance was given yesterday by Tobago House of Assembly (THA) Secretary for Health and Social Services Claudia Groome-Duke.
Groome-Duke told the Express while there have been no suspected or confirmed cases in Tobago to date, all the necessary precautions are being taken.
The THA Division of Health is collaborating with the Ministry of Health to ensure readiness.
“Tobago is ready to meet the needs of citizens if any cases arise. Direct consultations have been taking place with officials of the Ministry of Health on the matter,” Groome-Duke said.
Discussions have been taking place with the chief executive officer of the Tobago Regional Health Authority (TRHA), the chief medical officer, medical chief of staff and Groome-Duke to ensure the best strategies are implemented by the TRHA.
“The multi-disciplinary team has been charged with the responsibility of alerting curious concerned parties and informing them of the current initiatives that are being implemented,” Groome-Duke said.
In addition, Scarborough Regional Hospital is fully equipped with isolation areas in the various wards of the hospital to treat affected persons.
“The Accident and Emergency Department has additional points of isolation,” Groome-Duke said.
County medical officer of health, Tobago, Dr Viswanath Partapsingh said anyone in Tobago who suspects they have contracted the H1N1 virus should immediately visit the nearest health centre or the Accident and Emergency Unit of Scarborough Regional Hospital.
Partapsingh noted since 2011 systems were in place in Tobago to treat with any eventuality.
“Officials of the Scarborough port and ANR Robinson International Airport have been addressed at meetings on the way forward in treating with any eventuality. The Tobago Action Against Influenza Programme is in place,” he said.
The next step, said Partapsingh, is for more public education on the virus and the stepping up of medical staff sensitisation on protocols for detection and management.