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Dominican health practitioners undergo training to face threats like coronavirus

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Health minister Dr. Irving McIntyre. Photo credit: Caribbean Concepts Photoshop

Health practitioners have undergone training on how to prepare for the advent of the deadly coronavirus in Dominica.

A two-day training began Thursday at the Dominica-China Friendship Hospital Laboratory.

Health Minister Dr. Irving McIntyre said during an interview with State-Owned DBS Radio training is also conducted in other areas pertaining to the virus.

“While we are doing the training for the coronavirus, we are also doing the training in the gene expert technology which is what we are going to use to help us in diagnosing tuberculosis,” he said

According to him after the training is done there will be the validation process where the results has to be validated.

 “It is relative to others so make sure that you have things correct and then after you have the validation then you can comfortably go and test for the virus,” McIntyre stated.

In a slight departure from what was said on Monday Dr. McIntyre explained that Dominica is well on its way to becoming second in line to testing for the Coronavirus, with Trinidad and Tobago being the first.

 “As of Monday, when I mentioned it, it wasn’t being done in the Caribbean as yet, so we are well on our way to maybe be the second, because Barbados is still trying to negotiate and to get their PCR testing and their coronavirus testing capacity to begin,” he said.

According to recent reports from BBC News there are now more than 42,200 confirmed cases of the Coronavirus across China.

The number of deaths has overtaken that of the Sars epidemic in 2003.

On Monday, some 103 died in Hubei province alone, a daily record, and the national death toll is now 1,016.

But the number of new infections nationally was down almost 20% from the day before, from 3,062 to 2,478.

The symptoms maybe that of the flu and include runny nose, cough, sore throat and fever.

Some cases develop into a pneumonia of severe acute respiratory infections.

At this time, it’s unclear how easily or sustainably this virus is spreading between people.





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BREAKING NEWS: State of Emergency declared in Dominica

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A state of emergency has been declared in Dominica.

A curfew is now in effect from 6pm to 6am on weekdays with a total lockdown on weekends.

The Attorney General, Levi Peter, has just made announcement on State – owned radio station DBS.

The full text of the order is posted below.

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Salybia Constituency MP joins with Kalinago Council to activate COVID-19 task force

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Cozier Frederick, Kalinago Chief

As you are aware, COVID-19 has infected several individuals in Dominica with a high probability of affecting many more. In direct response to this anomaly, the Parliamentary Representative for the Salybia Constituency has joined forces with the Kalinago Council and other stakeholders to operationalize a task force to plan and coordinate activities relating to COVID-19.

The Government of Dominica has taken steps to ensure border security and mitigating against in-country transmission. The social and economic impact of COVID-19 is of great concern to us especially as we anticipate shortages in food, medicine and other essential supplies.

We have gathered all the data as it regards persons with vulnerability to include the elderly, pregnant mothers, babies, physically-challenged and persons with chronic diseases who may be immobile due to quarantine measures. The intention is to provide services to them in their area of need.

In the eventuality of a countrywide lockdown, the Government of Dominica has made arrangement for the provision of food supply. Our local response to this is ensuring local logistic and transportation measures are in place to facilitate that component of mitigating against the impact COVID-19. Additionally, we will make available seedlings and cuttings and fertilizers for farmers/families to plant backyard garden. Also, animal feeds for livestock farmers. These measures will ensure that meat, fresh fruits and vegetables are available in the short run for our residents.

We will continue to ensure that provisions are made to mitigate against all eventuality arising from COVID-19 to include infections, fatalities, food shortages, shortages of essential supplies.

We encourage further, similar as the call from the Government has been to maintain and observe the protocols that have been outlined by the Ministry of Health, Wellness and New Health Initiatives.  These are Social Distancing and practising Proper Hygiene.

We understand that combating COVID-19 requires a collective effort and we are pleased to join forces with the Kalinago Council and local stakeholders to prepare for any eventuality.

Below are the names of people you can contact should you require any information.

 

 

 





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COVID-19: Standpipes for hand washing are in place says DOWASCO

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A newly installed standpipe on Great Marlborough Street in Roseau

As measures to fight the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) intensify, The Dominica Water and Sewerage Authority (DOWASCO) is reporting that the standpipes promised by Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit a little over a week ago, have been fully installed.

PM Skerrit said on March 19 that the government had taken a decision to install standpipes in the city of Roseau to facilitate hand-washing in Roseau in the battle against the dreadful virus which has infected more than 900,000 people and killed over 45,000 around the world.

DOWASCO has told Dominica News Online (DNO) that there are now several fully-installed and ready-to-use hand washing facilities in various parts of Roseau.

The company says this was done to encourage everyone to wash their hands and to maintain proper sanitation during the outbreak of COVID-19.

The standpipes have been installed in the following locations: opposite Flow, Going Places, Grand Bay bus stop, Fresh Market, Soufriere Bus Stop, Methodist Church, Marigot Bus Stop, Best Price, Canefield Bus Stop, Irock, Burtons, Grand Fond Bus Stop and Jackson’s.

And although, in keeping with government’s advice, DOWASCO shut its office from March 26, the company told DNO that there will be no issue in providing a constant flow of water to the public through these standpipes.

DOWASCO says it has effected its emergency plan and only emergencies will be attended to during this time of closure.





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