Region 1 leptospirosis outbreak – Matthews Ridge Hospital resumes operations

first_img…no new cases reportedSome of the sick workers being transported to the Georgetown Public HospitalThere have been no new reported cases of leptospirosis in Matthews Ridge, Region One (Barima-Waini), following the initial cases last week.Guyana Times was informed that the Matthews Ridge Hospital was sanitised and operations resumed, even as the medical team that was discharged to the area, continues to assess other miners who were working in the mining tunnel where several workers fell ill.This publication was reliably informed that the team comprising of about 15 persons is operating out of the compound of Manganese Company Inc (GMI) and are carrying out health checks on the other miners even as the operations of the company remain at a halt.Meanwhile, the patients that were air-dashed to the city over the weekend are receiving treatment at the Georgetown Public Hospital, where they remain in an isolated area.Health Minister Volda Lawrence had confirmed on Tuesday that 200 mining employees are being assessed for leptospirosis after several workers of GMI fell ill and one died.The Minister noted that several tests were done on the miners and samples will be sent to the Caribbean Reference Laboratory, in St Vincent and the Grenadines, for further evaluation.On Saturday last, a medical team from the Mabaruma Hospital was deployed to Matthews Ridge. Eight persons were air-dashed to the city after one died.The symptoms the men exhibited were pain, fever, headache and respiratory distress.Meanwhile on Monday, six more miners from Matthews Ridge were flown out to the city with similar symptoms.During the interview on Tuesday, Lawrence noted that there were no reports of any new cases at health centres in any neighbouring villages. As such, she said there was no suspected connection to the Venezuela border situation, since only the miners who were working at a particular tunnel have been affected thus far.The manganese mining company has been instructed to halt further exploration until the Public Health Ministry and a team from the Occupational Health and Safety Department of the Social Protection Ministry advise further on the matter.While the specialists continue to work on the patients admitted on Saturday, results have shown that two patients tested positive for leptospirosis, which is known to be spread through direct contact with rat urine or faeces.last_img read more