The Ministry of Health is urging males who have COVID-19 symptoms to access the services at respiratory clinics around the Island.
“To date, the Ministry of Health’s data indicates that the services of these clinics are largely being accessed by the female segment of our population,” a Ministry statement Thursday disclosed.
“We encourage men who may be feeling symptomatic to also seek care early as this can prevent worsening of conditions or possible complications,” the statement said.
It noted that as part of efforts to strengthen readiness to respond to the threat of COVID-19 respiratory clinics have been established around the island.
The clinics allow for the early identification, testing, isolation and treatment of cases of COVID-19.
Anyone found to satisfy the COVID-19 case definition is placed in isolation, pending the laboratory results, as part of the Ministry’s precautions to prevent possible spread of the infection.
The Ministry said persons whose results return positive will be kept in isolation for care at the respiratory hospital, formerly the Victoria Hospital, until their recovery.
According to the ministry, services delivered through all respiratory clinics island-wide are free to the public.
It explained that if further information is required on this service, the public may call the 311 hotline.
St. Lucia to date has recorded 17 cases of COVID-19 with 15 of these cases recovered.
The most recent two cases were diagnosed on Wednesday, April 29 and are both isolated for care and doing well, it was revealed.
The Ministry of Health stated that its public health teams continue efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19 among our population.
“To be successful in doing this the support of everyone is solicited in ensuring that persons experiencing respiratory symptoms including fever, coughing, sneezing, sore throat, difficulty breathing as well as loss of smell or taste seek care in a timely manner,” the ministry statement observed.
The Ministry of Health and Wellness said it will continue to provide the public with regular updates on COVID-19.
In the interim, it encourages everyone to maintain the recommended hygiene measures which include washing hands frequently with soap and flowing water, using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol where soap and water are not available and covering coughs or sneezes with the inner elbow, or a tissue and after throwing the tissue into a bin and washing hands.
The ministry has also advised that a cloth mask be worn when going into public.
“Do not share these masks with others and wash them daily,” it urged.