Will the Queen Elizabeth Hospital and other health care facilities be in a position to respond to the needs of Barbadians if the island is hit by another hurricane like Elsa?
The Ministry of Health wants to find an answer to this question, as it launches a new comprehensive Climate Risk Vulnerability Assessment for the health care sector.
News of this from Health and Wellness Minister, Ian Gooding-Edghill in his address to a symposium dubbed ‘Building One-Health Partnerships for Adapting to Climate Change’, a collaborative effort with his Ministry and the Caribbean Climate Change and Health Fellowship programme.
Speaking at the Ministry’s headquarters on Culloden Road, he explains how Elsa, which hit Barbados as a Category One hurricane, showed the critical need to preserve public health before, during and after a storm.
The Health Minister says the assessment will bolster Barbados’ level of readiness.