A person presenting with flu-like symptoms on Monday (Mar. 16) forcing the temporary closure of the Accident and Emergency (A&E) Department of the Milton Cato Memorial Hospital (MCMH) has tested negative for COVID-19.
The patient visited the facility seeking care after being advised not to do so. According to Prime Minister, Dr. Hon. Ralph Gonsalves, the female patient called ahead of her visit, explaining her symptoms and was advised not to visit the facility. Against the advise provided, she visited to facility forcing it to close temporarily.
During a press briefing at Cabinet Room on Tuesday (Mar. 17), Prime Minister Gonsalves, upon information received from the Chief Medical Officer, Simone Keizer-Beache, announced that the patient has tested negative for COVID-19.
The prime minister also informed that a Nigerian-Trinidadian patient under quarantine also tested negative for the virus.
The man, a Nigerian by birth and Trinidadian by marriage, arrived at the Argyle International Airport (AIA) on Saturday (Mar. 14) via LIAT from Guyana, where he was quarantined because of alleged contact with that country’s fatal COVID-19 case.
His arrival generated some anxiety and resulted in the domestic terminal being closed for some time and the LIAT flight grounded for hours.
The Nigerian-Trinidadian man had arrived in St. Vincent and the Grenadines aboard LI771 en route to Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. According to reports, he was able to board the LIAT flight one day after Caribbean Airlines (CAL) flagged him and informed LIAT after he had tried to use CAL to return home, seven days into his 14-day quarantine.
According to Gonsalves, the man was turned away from a number of hotels in St. Vincent and the Grenadines before one decided to allow him to complete his quarantine at their facilities.
All Vincentians are hereby reminded to call the COVID-19 hotline: 1784-534-HEAL or any of our District Clinics for medical guidance should you have any flu-like symptoms