[www.inewsguyana.com] – Even as Guyana’s neighbour, Brazil is reportedly treating its first suspected case of the deadly Ebola virus, Minister of Health, Dr Bheri Ramsaran says that Guyana does not have the ability to test or treat patients for the disease.
Dr Ramsaran is reported to have said in one section of the media that surveillance has been increased at all ports, with doctors being deployed at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA).
According to the article published by the Guyana Times, the Health Minister said that these doctors are on the lookout for passengers, Guyanese and non-Guyanese, coming into the country with any sign of the Ebola virus.
He said while Guyana does not have the capacity to carry out the test for this disease, medical officials have been adequately trained in identifying the signs of the disease.
Brazil’s first suspected case
The first suspected case of the deadly Ebola virus has been diagnosed in Brazil, according to reports in the country.
A 47-year-old man is believed to be suffering from the infection in what is believed to be the first recorded case in South America.
The man is originally from Guinea – one of the African countries most severely affected by the virus – and arrived in Brazil on September 19, according to Brazil’s O Globo website.
He is now being held in isolation in the city of Cascavel in the south-west of the country, and is due to be transferred to Rio, Brazil’s Ministry of Health is reported as saying.
The number of people killed in the Ebola outbreak has risen above 4,000, the World Health Organization has said.
The latest figures show there have been 8,376 cases and 4,024 deaths in the worst-affected West African nations of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.
The news comes as Liberian Parliamentarians refused to grant the president additional powers to deal with the Ebola crisis.