The Hon Health Minister, Dr Irving McIntyre says the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) has scored Dominica’s readiness for a medical emergency or outbreak at close to 80%.
He was speaking in the House of Parliament last week when he gave details on the status of tuberculosis cases dispelling reports of a silenced outbreak.
“Yes, last year we had eleven cases of tuberculosis, this year we have five cases: three cases were confirmed, two cases are inconclusive and one case passed away. But our lab has the gene expert testing for tuberculosis,” Dr McIntyre said.
“Sometimes the issue with tuberculosis is a stock-out; there are certain drugs you need to prevent multi-drug resistant tuberculosis…we have taken it a step further and got 5,000 of those tablets so that the idea of a stock-out doesn’t exist anymore.”
He also reported on the dengue outbreak of 2019 when he said there were 30 new cases weekly compared to this year’s 11 so far.
Hospital admissions for that illness was at 11 in 2019 and this year, it stands at two cases.
He referenced Dominica’s score from PAHO on Dominica’s readiness for an emergency medical disaster or outbreak.
Dr McIntyre said, “When PAHO gives you a preparedness of almost 80%, they are using 13 core capacities. In 10 of those capacities, we got 90% and above, it is only in three of them that we were low: legislation, and chemical and radiological preparedness but in all the others we were at 90% and above.”
“This is much higher than many other OECS countries. I would rather be wrong with PAHO than right with anyone else,” he insists.