PAHO Names Dominica Among Regional Countries With Coronavirus Testing Capabilities

first_img Tweet CoronavirusLocalNewsRegional PAHO Names Dominica Among Regional Countries With Coronavirus Testing Capabilities by: – March 3, 2020 119 Views   no discussions                                            Dr Carissa F EtienneThe Pan American Health Organisation has confirmed that Dominica has the capacity to test for the novel coronavirus which has so far killed 3,000 people and sickened close to 90,000 worldwide.Director of the Washington-Based Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO) Dr Carissa Ettiene told a CARICOM news conference that PAHO has some concern for countries with weak health systems.She added that it was important to note that several countries in the region have the capacity to test for COVID-19.Dr Ettiene listed Suriname, Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, Dominica, Jamaica, Belize, The Bahamas and Haiti, also Martinique, French Guiana, Curacao, Aruba and St Martin and the British territories – Cayman Islands and Bermuda as countries on that list.She said, PAHO is working in the region to strengthen member states capacity to detect, contain and manage the spread of the virus.“Our work in the region is to strengthen member states’ capacity to detect, contain and manage cases. We believe that there is some capacity in the region but there is work that is necessary to ensure that there is maximum capacity in the Caribbean region,” she reported.About two weeks ago, Dominica’s Hon Health Minister, Dr Irving Mcintyre had said that training was ongoing.Sixty countries have reported cases with five new countries reporting cases – Monaco, Azerbaijan, Qatar and Ireland. Sharecenter_img Share Share Sharing is caring!last_img read more