Still no case of Coronavirus detected in Guyana.

GEORGETOWN, Guyana, MOPH – No suspect, probable or confirmed case of the Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) has been detected in Guyana.

The novel Coronavirus has been detected in 2 other countries, USA and Canada in the Region of the Americas but no case has been detected in the Caribbean- Sub Region of the Americas.

“Let me assure the Guyanese pubic that all efforts to maintain vigilance and monitoring of the virus are in place,” Hon. Volda Lawrence, Minister of Public Health said on Tuesday.

“We have put several measures in place and have increased surveillance at the country’s ports of entry with strengthened specialised training in all categories of workers,” she said.

She further indicated that the situation is being addressed at an Inter-Ministerial level with the Ministry of Public Health (MOPH) being the focal point.

Port health authorities at the main official points of entry have commenced screening of all travellers from high risk countries who will be monitor for fourteen days by the MOPH officials as stipulated by the Pan American Health Organisation/World Health Organisation (PAHO/WHO).

Among the menu of measures put in place by the Ministry of Public Health (MOPH) officials also conduct follow-up assessments via telephone calls and through daily visits over a two-week period on all persons who travelled from China to Guyana over the last month to check on their state of health.

The MOPH takes the opportunity to advise Guyanese to avoid travelling to high-risk countries and maintain established hand-washing and hand-hygiene measures and to report to the nearest health facility should you experience any respiratory (BREATHING) problems.

The Ministry is appealing to Guyanese and other nationals here to stay informed and seek information from reliable and reputable sources such as the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA); the hemispheric Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO), and the global World Health Organisation (WHO).

Minister Lawrence is cautioning the nation not to fall victims of questionable or unverified information rather to contact the Ministry of Public Health at telephone numbers  226-1224, 226 -7457 or the Ministry’s Hotline Tel: 223 – 7139/9.

For further information you can also visit us on at www.health.gov.gy; on Facebook at Ministry of Public Health-Guyana; and on twitter at Twitter at Ministryofpubl1 and on Instagram at moph_guyana.

The new Novel Corona virus (2019nCoV) outbreak started in city of Wuhan in Hubei Providence, China in December 2019. The source of the virus has not been confirmed. There is a world-wide effort by scientists to develop a vaccine.

“While this virus started off in China, as a Region, we are flagging all high-risk countries,” Lawrence said.

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