Press Release

Ministry of Health & Social Development
Release Date:
Friday, 16 July 2021 - 1:09pm

The Ministry of Health and Social Development is working with the Management of Eureka Medical Clinic to bring their PCR testing capacity online in a safe and effective manner.

Acting Chief Medical Office (CMO) Dr. Ronald Georges said the ministry has had an initial discussion with Eureka Medical Clinic to have additional PCR capability available in the Territory.

“We have reached out to the Pan-American Health Organization to provide the necessary support to ensure that the necessary biosafety and quality aspects are independently verified and are in place prior to start of testing,” he said.

Dr. Georges further stated that these arrangements will improve local laboratory capacity by bringing additional support to the available PCR testing capability as the Territory deals with the ongoing challenges of the COVID-19 outbreak.

According to Dr. Georges, rapid antigen testing capability will form part of the national testing strategy. “The Ministry will therefore work with all local laboratories to ensure standardisation of reporting and testing methods,” he said.

The CMO further stated that the Department of Information Technology has been enlisted to develop and implement a solution to manage the national testing strategy, streamline and eliminate the current data issues that have been plaguing the system.

Please stay healthy and safe!  We will get through this together.

The Government of the Virgin Islands is committed to improving the health of the people of the Virgin Islands.

 

Author

Natasha Lettsome

Public Health Communications Specialist
Ministry of Health/Social Development
Telephone: 468-2286
Email: 
nlettsome@gov.vg