As Government inertia spreads, children now at risk? Barbados’ Ministry of Health confirms a case of Tuberculosis (TB) was found in a teenager

Following a visit by Acting Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Elizabeth Ferdinand and a medical team, the Ministry of Health has confirmed that a case of Tuberculosis (TB) has been diagnosed in a secondary school student.

{IMAGE VIA - clinicalpharmacology.com} Tuesday morning, a team from the Maurice Byer Polyclinic visited the school and spoke with students and school personnel about TB, outlining modes of transmission, symptoms, treatment and preventive measures.  Students' immunisation cards were checked to ascertain if they had been vaccinated with the BCG (Bacillus Calmette-Guerin).  They were also asked to complete a brief questionnaire.

{IMAGE VIAclinicalpharmacology.com} Tuesday morning, a team from the Maurice Byer Polyclinic visited the school and spoke with students and school personnel about TB, outlining modes of transmission, symptoms, treatment and preventive measures. Students’ immunisation cards were checked to ascertain if they had been vaccinated with the BCG (Bacillus Calmette-Guerin). They were also asked to complete a brief questionnaire.

A rapid assessment of 170 students was conducted, as a precautionary measure. On Monday 26th May, parents were notified by letter of the possibility that some students may have been exposed to a respiratory illness and requested them to send their children’s immunisation cards to the school for a review.

Parents of students who have not been vaccinated with BCG will be receiving a letter asking them to bring their children to the Maurice Byer Polyclinic for further management.

Since the Acting Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Elizabeth Ferdinand is a Government employee, she cannot state what many Barbadians are thinking - how can a school in this day and age have a once eradicated disease? Can it be Barbados has fallen so far in administering and finance, now both Health and Children are paying the price? When do we as citizens storm the Bastille and throw these jackasses out?

Since the Acting Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Elizabeth Ferdinand is a Government employee, she cannot state what many Barbadians are thinking – how can a school in this day and age have a once eradicated disease? Can it be Barbados has fallen so far in administering and finance, now both Health and Children are paying the price? When do we as citizens storm the Bastille and throw these jackasses out?

Tuberculosis is caused by a bacterium called Mycobacterium tuberculosis. It is spread through the air from one person to another, when a person with TB disease of the lungs or throat coughs, sneezes, speaks or sings. Symptoms include a persistent cough, fever, chills or night sweats. TB can be treated by taking several drugs, usually for a six to nine month period. (MINISTRY OF HEALTH/BGIS)

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