EDITOR, The Tribune.
My name is Philip Dorsett and I have a relative who is a health care professional here in the Bahamas. I recently had an in-depth conversation with this person in regards to the Bahamas’ readiness to the Ebola epidemic. I was blatantly told that we were grossly under-prepared.
Apparently the Bahamas was late in ordering the requisite hazmat suits that the health care professionals require to ensure their own safety.
Hence at present, if someone from one of the West African nations travels here with flu symptoms and goes to the hospital or clinic and is diagnosed with Ebola, there is zero protection for the medical care professionals. This of course was very alarming to me.
Based on the seriousness of this epidemic, I am also concerned that I have not heard any public announcements from the Government on the threat of Ebola and what to do if you think you were infected.
The person who spoke to me informed me that during the official meetings the Ministry of Health has put on in response to Ebola, there was a general feeling in the room that no one really knew what was going on, and sort of a general belief that Ebola is not coming here so don’t worry about it…
I have done some limited research into Ebola, and what I have found is that Ebola can be passed on by a simple touch, which I feel is quite alarming.
I am therefore writing to request that you use the power available to you to research my claims and at the very least, get the Government to address the public on this issue.
Chief Compliance Officer
October 8, 2014.