Barbadians are being inspired to not let their guard down, because the battle towards the COVID-19 pandemic continues.
The warning got here lately from this nation’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Kenneth George, after he joined United States Ambassador to Barbados, the Jap Caribbean and the OECS, Linda Taglialatela on a tour of the state-of-the-art Greatest-dos Santos Public Well being Laboratory. Laboratory Director Songee Beckles led the tour. Additionally current was CDC Laboratory Advisor, Giselle Guevara.
Dr. George acknowledged that while members of the Barbadian public and guests to the island usually have been following the beneficial well being protocols in relation to COVID-19, there have been a couple of situations the place challenges have arisen.
“There was good co-operation. The Barbadian public has been cooperating with the protocols, however every so often we’ve had points, which causes us to not be very joyful in a couple of circumstances and plenty of of you understand that’s the function of the COVID-19 Monitoring Unit. They’ve been working to be sure that our villas are secure, our resorts are secure and our church buildings and locations of social discourse are secure. So usually, we’ve a very good grade, however as extra individuals come into the island, I hold saying that we will’t let our guard down. We’ve got to be ever vigilant. We might be on this for the lengthy haul and subsequently, we anticipate the cooperation of each Barbadian citizen,” Dr. George commented.
Only recently, well being officers indicated that there have been two circumstances of COVID-19 (a 62 yr previous Barbadian girl and a 25 yr previous Barbadian man) that have been recognized on account of contact tracing, associated to a twenty-four yr previous girl who arrived within the island on Virgin Atlantic on September 19 and who examined optimistic after a second take a look at on September 24.
Dr. George, while noting that the COVID-19 Monitoring Unit offers extra so with such circumstances, nevertheless indicated that when contact tracing is ready to come into impact, it implies that “the system is working”.
“With out talking on to that case, contact tracing is a deliberate and purposeful manner of constructing positive that you simply acquire a historic perspective of when an individual is recognized and who they got here into contact with. Every of these particular person contacts are then danger stratified, so some might have a take a look at, some might not want a take a look at,” he defined.
“So I might simply encourage the Barbadian public that if you see individuals being examined, it’s not so that you can develop into scared. It’s telling you that the system is working and that we’re ensuring that we do each step to be sure that each person who the person got here into contact with, we’re interrogating and might be testing,” the Chief Medical Officer stated. (RSM)