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first_img Sharing is caring! Share Share Tweet CoronavirusLifestyleLocalNewsRegional PAHO Confirms Four Trained in COVID-19 Testing in Dominica by: – March 12, 2020center_img 289 Views   no discussions (PAHO) The training which took place 12-14 February 2020, was attended by four laboratory technologists from the New China Friendship Hospital in Roseau, Dominica. The three-day training was facilitated by Virologist, Dr Lionel Gresh.The main objectives of the training were to:• Implement the molecular diagnosis of the COVID-19 and train laboratory staff• Deliver key reagents for the detection of the COVID-19• Review the required biosafety measures for handling COVID-19 samples and sample shipping procedures to international reference laboratoriesThe training was implemented on the job and the methodology was in line with PAHO/WHO recommendations, which is to support countries to develop their capacity to identify and respond in a timely manner to any suspected COVID-19 case on Island. Testing will be performed in a state-of-the-art molecular biology platform installed in 2019 through a joint collaboration between PAHO and the Ministry of Health, Wellness and New Health Investment.The Ministry of Health, Wellness and New Health Investment also received donations of reagents (primers, probes and positive controls for screening and confirmatory test). With these donations approximately 96 tests can be conducted. Additional reagents will be available for Dominica if testing load was to increase.Dr Lionel Gresh also met with Dr Shalauddin Ahmed, National Epidemiologist, and Ms Catherina Jemmott, Laboratory Superintendant, to review the guidelines on COVID-19 sample collection, transportation and testing, and to plan the dissemination of these guidelines to health workers.The country has vowed to notify PAHO/WHO in a timely manner should any case occur on island, in accordance with the International Health Regulations (IHR). They will also continue to source PAHO’s technical expertise to guide them in further testing, for other respiratory pathogens as influenza. Sharelast_img read more

first_imgRAFAELA Silva’s gold medal has seemingly caught the interest of the Brazilian public with Rio 2016 ticket sales on the rise.Ticket sales for the Rio Olympics have been boosted by Rafaela Silva winning Brazil’s first gold medal on Monday and organisers are hopeful that more will be snapped up as the Games progress.Concerns have been raised in the opening week of the Games over swathes of empty seats at Olympic venues.Mario Andrada, executive communications director for Rio 2016, says around 10 000 tickets per day were being sold two weeks before the Games, but that 100 000 were sold on Monday – the same day Silva earned Brazil’s first gold by beating Sumiya Dorjsuren of Mongolia in the final of the women’s judo Under-57kg category.Following her win, Silva burst into tears in front of a raucous home crowd and her achievement has seemingly caught the interest of the wider public.“We sold 100 000 new tickets yesterday (Monday). We had 298 629 in all the Olympic arenas yesterday. We sold 82 per cent of the tickets available for yesterday,” Andrada told reporters.“We expect 344 000 people in all the Olympic venues today (Tuesday).“Two weeks before the Games, we were selling in an area of 10 000 tickets a day. We’re now selling more than 100 000 tickets every single day.“There is nothing better for ticket sales than when the country wins its first gold.“Brazilians, as have been widely said, are late buyers, but it’s impossible to resist when you have the Games at home.”last_img read more