Published On: Thu, Aug 21st, 2014

Curaçao preparing for eventual Ebola cases

Hospital hallwayWILLEMSTAD – “The possibility of our island or our neighboring island to find themselves confronted with one or more cases of the Ebola virus is small but we have to always be prepared.” This is according to the health authorities in Curaçao.

The Health Department has recently met with a team of experts from the hospital where they made an inventory of all the equipment and materials needed to deal with the Ebola virus. The Health Department has also met with airport authorities to discuss the necessary steps which need to be taken in case someone with this virus arrives on the island. Director of the Health Department, Dr. Sirvin Keli confirms the actions that are being taken to protect the people of the island against this dangerous virus.

The Health official indicated during a radio interview that there is no reason to panic. Chances of having someone with that virus here on the island are small. But he indicates that it is important to be prepared. “There are no direct flights between Curaçao and African countries where this virus has been reported. There are even talks now about an alarming spread of this virus,” the doctor said.

“An infected person must go through various checkpoints before coming to Curaçao. We still have not received reports about any Ebola case in the Caribbean,” Dr. Keli said.

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