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23/01/2022

SAINT LUCIA RECORDS 283 NEW CASES OF COVID-19

The Ministry of Health, Wellness and Elderly Affairs today Saturday January 22, 2022 received confirmation of a total of 283 new cases of COVID-19. These samples were processed on Friday January 21, 2022 from a total of 764 samples of which 653 samples were from the Ezra Long Laboratory and 111 samples from the Laboratory Services and Consultations Limited. These samples were collected on January 20, 2022 and January 21, 2022. This number of positive cases makes up 37.04% of all the samples processed on that date. These new cases bring the total number of cases diagnosed in country to date to 19, 468.

Confirmation was also received of the recovery of 199 individuals diagnosed with COVID-19. This brings the number of active cases in country to date to 4, 281. Currently, there are 43 positive cases of COVID-19 admitted at the Respiratory Hospital, of which four of them are severely ill.

To date, a total of 50, 886 individuals have been fully vaccinated. Another 6, 036 are partially vaccinated and 5, 860have received their booster shot.

Vaccination will resume on Monday January 24, 2022 at the Vigie Sports Complex and the Soufriere Hospital from 9am to 4pm.

The Ministry of Health, Wellness and Elderly Affairs will continue providing daily updates to the public as new information becomes available.

For more information please contact the Office of the Chief Medical Officer or the Epidemiology Unit, at 468-5309/468-5317 respectively

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COVID-19 vaccines work together with daily health protecting practices. 🔓Being consistent improves protection from COVID...
22/01/2022

COVID-19 vaccines work together with daily health protecting practices. 🔓
Being consistent improves protection from COVID-19 infection.
😷 face masks
🧴 clean hands and clean surfaces
🤧 cover coughs and sneezes
🪟 ventilation
💪 good nutrition
🚻 safe space

COVID-19 vaccines work together with daily health protecting practices. 🔓
Being consistent improves protection from COVID-19 infection.
😷 face masks
🧴 clean hands and clean surfaces
🤧 cover coughs and sneezes
🪟 ventilation
💪 good nutrition
🚻 safe space

22/01/2022

SAINT LUCIA RECORDS 439 NEW CASES OF COVID-19

Late Friday January 21, 2022 the Ministry of Health, Wellness and Elderly Affairs received confirmation of a total of 439 new cases of COVID-19. These samples were processed on Thursday January 20, 2022 from a total of 968 samples of which 888 samples were from the Ezra Long Laboratory and 80 samples from the Laboratory Services and Consultations Limited. These samples were collected from January 18, 2022 to January 20, 2022. This number of positive cases makes up 45.35% of all the samples processed on that date. These new cases bring the total number of cases diagnosed in country to date to 19, 185.

Confirmation was also received of the recovery of 161 individuals diagnosed with COVID-19. This brings the number of active cases in country to date to 4, 197. Currently, there are 44 positive cases of COVID-19 admitted at the Respiratory Hospital, of which one of them is in critical care and five of them are severely ill.

The Ministry of Health also reports two new COVID-19 deaths. To date, the total number of COVID-19 deaths in country is 247 and the total number of COVID-19 related deaths is 72.

COVID-19 death #246 is a 69 year old male from the Vieux-Fort district. COVID-19 death #247 is an 88 year old male from the Castries district.

These deaths occurred during the period January 16, 2022 to January 17, 2022. The Ministry of Health extends condolences to the families and loved ones of these individuals.

To date, a total of 50, 823 individuals have been fully vaccinated. Another 6, 015 are partially vaccinated and 5, 746 have received their booster shot.

Vaccination will take place today Saturday January 22, 2022 at the Vigie Sports Complex, and the Vieux-Fort Wellness Centre from 9am to 2pm.

The Ministry of Health, Wellness and Elderly Affairs will continue providing daily updates to the public as new information becomes available.

For more information please contact the Office of the Chief Medical Officer or the Epidemiology Unit, at 468-5309/468-5317 respectively

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The Saint Lucia Cooperative Credit Union League recently donated 5 High Flow Nasal Cannula Machines; 4 of which will be ...
22/01/2022

The Saint Lucia Cooperative Credit Union League recently donated 5 High Flow Nasal Cannula Machines; 4 of which will be assigned to the Ministry of Health, Wellness and Elderly Affairs and 1 of them to the St. Jude Hospital. These machines will surely be put to use in saving the lives of our people especially during this COVID-19 pandemic.

21/01/2022

REVISED ISOLATION AND QUARANTINE PROTOCOLS

As of January 20, 2022, the Ministry of Health, Wellness and Elderly Affairs has recorded a total of 18, 746 confirmed cases of COVID-19.

The commencement of the current fifth wave has been approximated to be around December 16, 2021 and since then, over 5, 623 cases have been diagnosed with an average of 161 cases daily. There are currently 3, 921 active cases.

Although Saint Lucia has not received confirmation of the presence of the Omicron Variant on island, the unprecedented increase in confirmed cases of COVID-19 suggests that it is present. Our daily infection rate has risen from 98.5 to 166.3 per 100, 000 cases over a seven day period, and our Rt has been calculated at 3.3, which is the highest since the commencement of this pandemic.

Although the evidence suggests that the Omicron variant is less severe than previous ones, its high transmissibility has resulted in more persons seeking medical care and the consequent overwhelming of healthcare services.

As we continue to manage this current wave, the Ministry of Health appeals to the public to adhere to the established protocols in order to reduce further transmission to family, friends and other loved ones.

Throughout this pandemic, new evidence continues to emerge on the characteristics of the SARS-CoV-2. It is based on this that the Ministry of Health has made a decision to adjust the isolation and quarantine periods for confirmed cases and close contacts of cases respectively.

Effective Monday January 24, 2022 for persons who are considered close contacts of a confirmed case of COVID-19, and do not have any symptoms of COVID-19, the quarantine period may be terminated after receiving a negative PCR test result (which should be taken on Day 7 after the last contact with the confirmed case of COVID-19).
If the test was done before the seventh (Day 7) after the last contact with the COVID-19 case and is negative result, that result may be a false negative and the individual is required to get tested again on Day 7. If symptoms develop during the quarantine period, the individual is advised to get another test.
Individuals who are fully vaccinated and test positive for COVID-19 but have no symptoms, may end the isolation period after seven (7) days. If however, symptoms develop after testing positive, the isolation period must be restarted, with Day 0 being the first day of symptoms and terminated on completion of Day 10.
For unvaccinated persons who test positive for COVID-19 and are asymptomatic, the isolation period remains ten (10) days from the date of the sample which led to the confirmation of COVID-19. If symptoms develop after testing positive, the isolation period should start over. Day 0 is the first day of symptoms and the 10 days of isolation must be restarted.
Finally, for all persons who test positive for COVID-19 and have symptoms, regardless of vaccination status), a 10-day isolation period must be completed. The individual must also be asymptomatic for 3 consecutive days (days 8, 9 & 10) in order to be discharged from isolation.

As we continue to work jointly to manage this pandemic the Ministry of Health appeals to the public to continue practicing the standard recommendations to prevent the spread of infection. These include:
-regular hand washing with soap and water
-use of alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water is unavailable
-proper use of face masks
-cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces
-maintaining physical distance

The Ministry of Health, Wellness and Elderly Affairs thanks the public for its continued support and will continue to provide updates on the COVID-19 situation on island.

The Ministry of Health Wellness and Elderly Affairs received a donation of 40-beds field hospital and the Saint Lucia Fi...
21/01/2022

The Ministry of Health Wellness and Elderly Affairs received a donation of 40-beds field hospital and the Saint Lucia Fire Service received 3 vehicles. This Donation was made by the Government of the United States of America. This kind gesture will surely be put to use in bettering our Health system and management of Disasters in our country Saint Lucia.

Rayneau Group of Companies donated two trolleys to  Ministry of Health Wellness and Elderly Affairs to assist in  transp...
21/01/2022

Rayneau Group of Companies donated two trolleys to Ministry of Health Wellness and Elderly Affairs to assist in transporting the oxygen tanks around when needed.

21/01/2022

COVID-19 has impacted many.
🛑 It is no reason to treat others badly; don't blame, shame or treat others badly. Being supportive ✔reduces the mental strain that comes with this epidemic and ✔ makes recovery and reintegration easier.

🗣 Knowing the signs and symptoms associated with cervical cancer is key for managing women's health. Being able to ident...
21/01/2022

🗣 Knowing the signs and symptoms associated with cervical cancer is key for managing women's health. Being able to identify 🧐 unusual changes allows for early action and effective management.

🗣 Knowing the signs and symptoms associated with cervical cancer is key for managing women's health. Being able to identify 🧐 unusual changes allows for early action and effective management.

Your health is in your hands. 🖐 Routinely practicing hand hygiene keeps viruses🦠away.
21/01/2022

Your health is in your hands. 🖐
Routinely practicing hand hygiene keeps viruses🦠away.

Your health is in your hands. 🖐
Routinely practicing hand hygiene keeps viruses🦠away.

TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF THE SALTIBUS WELLNESS CENTREThe Ministry of Health, Wellness and Elderly Affairs informs the public...
21/01/2022

TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF THE SALTIBUS WELLNESS CENTRE

The Ministry of Health, Wellness and Elderly Affairs informs the public of the temporary closure of the Saltibus Wellness Centre from Friday January 21, 2022 to Friday January 28, 2022. During this time, individuals are encouraged to visit the Laborie Wellness Centre, Vieux-Fort Wellness Centre or nearest Wellness Centre to access primary healthcare services.

The Ministry of Health apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause.

For more information please contact the Community Nursing Service at 468-5321
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TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF THE SALTIBUS WELLNESS CENTRE

The Ministry of Health, Wellness and Elderly Affairs informs the public of the temporary closure of the Saltibus Wellness Centre from Friday January 21, 2022 to Friday January 28, 2022. During this time, individuals are encouraged to visit the Laborie Wellness Centre, Vieux-Fort Wellness Centre or nearest Wellness Centre to access primary healthcare services.

The Ministry of Health apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause.

For more information please contact the Community Nursing Service at 468-5321
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20/01/2022

SAINT LUCIA RECORDS 424 NEW CASES OF COVID-19

The Ministry of Health, Wellness and Elderly Affairs today Thursday January 20, 2022 received confirmation of a total of 424 new cases of COVID-19. These samples were processed on Wednesday January 19, 2022 from a total of 927 samples of which 848 samples were from the Ezra Long Laboratory and 79 samples from the Laboratory Services and Consultations Limited. These samples were collected from January 16, 2022 to January 19, 2022. This number of positive cases makes up 45.74% of all the samples processed on that date. These new cases bring the total number of cases diagnosed in country to date to 18, 746.

Confirmation was also received of the recovery of 153 individuals diagnosed with COVID-19. This brings the number of active cases in country to date to 3, 921. Currently, there are 37 positive cases of COVID-19 admitted at the Respiratory Hospital, of which one of them is in critical care and six of them are severely ill.

To date, a total of 50, 799 individuals have been fully vaccinated. Another 6, 016 are partially vaccinated and 5, 707 have received their booster shot.

Vaccination will resume tomorrow Friday January 21, 2022 at the Vigie Sports Complex, Gros-Islet HR Centre, Soufriere Hospital, Jacmel Wellness Centre, Inno Care (Vieux-Fort) and the St. Anthony’s Medical Centre (Sunny Acres) from 9am to 4pm.

The Ministry of Health, Wellness and Elderly Affairs will continue providing daily updates to the public as new information becomes available.

For more information please contact the Office of the Chief Medical Officer or the Epidemiology Unit, at 468-5309/468-5317 respectively

20/01/2022
20/01/2022

Minister for Health, Wellness and Elderly Affairs Hon. Moses Jn Baptiste provides kweyol address on Cervical Health Awareness Month

20/01/2022
20/01/2022

MINISTER FOR HEALTH ADDRESS ON CERVICAL HEALTH AWARENESS MONTH

Saint Lucia joins the rest of the world during the month of January in the observance of Cervical Health Awareness Month.

The early detection of Cervical Cancer is critical and can save the lives of many women in Saint Lucia. Data published in 2018, the Caribbean reveals an estimated 4,200 new cervical cancer cases and 2,464 deaths. In Saint Lucia for the same period, we saw an estimated 15 new cases and 12 deaths.

Cervical cancer is preventable; however, it is one of the leading causes of cancer deaths among women worldwide. It is the second most prevalent form of cancer after breast cancer.

Persistent and chronic exposure with the high-risk human papillomavirus (HPV) is the primary cause for cancer of the cervix. According to medical experts, cancer of the cervix takes many years to develop, however for persons who are immunocompromised, development of the cancer may be much sooner. The majority of deaths are preventable by maintaining good cervical health and adopting healthy and lifesaving practices and behaviors.

Access to vaccines and cervical screening are the most cost-effective public health measures in maintaining good cervical health and reducing the physical, psychological and economic burden of cervical cancer among women.

The Ministry of Health, Wellness and Elderly Affairs has an ongoing cervical cancer prevention and control program which includes education and HPV vaccines. Routine Screening for Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) is important in reducing the progression of infections that can potentially lead to a more rapid progression of pre-cancer and cancer.

Routine and regular cervical screening is important, a pap smear, whether at the Wellness Centres during special community programmes, or with your private physician, is encouraged in addition to maintaining good sexual health and physical health.

The Ministry of Health, Wellness and Elderly Affairs will continue to strengthen the national cervical cancer prevention and control programme. However it is the responsibility of all families and especially our girls and Saint Lucian women to take early action to prevent cervical cancer. Do your routine health checks and get your pap smear.

20/01/2022

SAINT LUCIA RECORDS 451 NEW CASES OF COVID-19

Today Wednesday January 19, 2022 the Ministry of Health, Wellness and Elderly Affairs confirms a total of 451 new cases of COVID-19. These samples were processed on Monday January 18, 2022 from a total of 975 samples of which 928 samples were from the Ezra Long Laboratory and 47 samples from the Laboratory Services and Consultations Limited. These samples were collected from January 15, 2022 to January 18, 2022. This number of positive cases makes up 46.26% of all the samples processed on that date. These new cases bring the total number of cases diagnosed in country to date to 18, 322.

Confirmation was also received of the recovery of 138 individuals diagnosed with COVID-19. This brings the number of active cases in country to date to 3, 650. Currently, there are 35 positive cases of COVID-19 admitted at the Respiratory Hospital, of which two of them are severely ill.

To date, a total of 50, 711 individuals have been fully vaccinated. Another 6, 046 are partially vaccinated and 5, 628 have received their booster shot.

Vaccination will resume tomorrow Thursday January 20, 2022 at the Vieux-Fort RC Parish Hall and the Monchy Wellness Centre from 9am to 4pm.

The Ministry of Health, Wellness and Elderly Affairs will continue providing daily updates to the public as new information becomes available.

For more information please contact the Office of the Chief Medical Officer or the Epidemiology Unit, at 468-5309/468-5317 respectively

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19/01/2022

Donation of Trolleys to Respiratory Hospital

The Respiratory Hospital receives a helping hand from a private organisation to aid in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Respiratory Hospital recently received a donation of two trolleys from Rayneau Group of Companies, which are expected to assist with the transportation of oxygen tanks to patients at the hospital.

Minister for Health, Wellness and Elderly Affairs, Hon. Moses Jn. Baptiste, expressed gratitude to Rayneau Group of Companies for the donation and support towards winning the war against COVID-19.

“I want to tell Mr. Rayneau Gajadhar we appreciate his contribution and we appreciate this service. I know the trolleys will go a very long way and I am no expert in medical gas but I know of the challenges you’ve had at the hospital and I am sure the trolleys will assist.”

Operations Manager at Rayneau Group of Companies, Mr. Anselm Clauzel, says his organisation remains committed to providing assistance to the hospital when needed.

“We are actually very happy this morning to make that significant but small donation to the Respiratory Hospital, here at Victoria Hospital and to also pledge our future support for anything that is needed. As long as we can assist, we will gladly come forward to assist for anything.”

Plant and Facilities Manager of the Respiratory Hospital, Mr. Wendell Bernard, says the assistance is timely and hopes the trolleys will make things easier in the transportation of oxygen tanks.

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