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  • Health Minister, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson, is expressing satisfaction with the level of preparedness at the Cornwall Regional Hospital (CRH) for the detection, isolation and treatment of any suspected cases of the Ebola virus.
  • The Minister was speaking on Wednesday, October 29, following a tour of an area, which is being converted into a temporary isolation unit, and viewed the progress of work on a triage area.
  • During the tour, he inspected hazmat gear, which have been acquired for health personnel.

Health Minister, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson, is expressing satisfaction with the level of preparedness at the Cornwall Regional Hospital (CRH) for the detection, isolation and treatment of any suspected cases of the Ebola virus.

The Minister was speaking on Wednesday, October 29, following a tour of an area, which is being converted into a temporary isolation unit, and viewed the progress of work on a triage area. The cost of setting up the facilities is approximately $30 million.

During the tour, he inspected hazmat gear, which have been acquired for health personnel.

“I am very happy for what I have seen today and I want to make it very clear that the preparation for Ebola is a work in progress. I am very happy that I was able to see the gear and in a real sense…it will help in the building of confidence because persons want to see and know that you have gear in your hospitals,” Dr. Ferguson said.

He informed that the isolation unit, being established in the recently built haemodialysis unit, is intended to be a temporary area, while a more permanent facility is being set up.

“While it will be a response, in the first instance, to the threat of Ebola, it is going to be a permanent isolation area for any kind of infectious diseases that might enter our shores and require isolation at the highest level…so I am very happy that we are moving in that direction,” he stated.

Meanwhile, Chairman of the hospital’s Ebola preparedness committee, Dr. Barbara Grandison, said protective gear, including hazmat suits and other equipment, are now in hand with more expected in short order.

“We have here with us some of the supplies, which arrived today. The other preparedness that we have done include our temporary isolation area and the beginning of the triage area and the start of (construction of) the more long-term isolation area, which will all serve for various emergencies in time to come,” she said.

“Although we are preparing for Ebola, they … will serve us both to enhance the functioning of our emergency room as well as preparedness for other emergencies to come,” Dr. Grandison said.