HSA flu clinic opens

The flu clinic is located in the George Town General Practice Building. - Photo: HSA

The Health Services Authority has opened a temporary flu clinic at the George Town General Practice Clinic.

It said, in a statement Wednesday, that the Public Health Department is reporting a higher-than-usual number of cases of patients presenting with flu-like symptoms.

“Flu-like cases in Grand Cayman are on the increase, which is normal during this time of the year. The period between December and March is usually the peak of the flu season, when the highest numbers of flu cases are reported,” said Director of Primary Health Care Dr. Samuel Williams-Rodriguez in the statement.

The HSA did not provide the exact number of cases.

The HSA statement said informational signage, face masks and hand sanitisers have been placed at the entrance of all clinics for use by patients experiencing flu-like symptoms.

The flu clinic will operate from 8am to 4pm Monday to Friday, with a dedicated physician to manage and treat patients showing symptoms of the flu.

Dr. Williams-Rodriguez, in the statement, added that the single best way to protect against the flu is to get vaccinated.

Flu vaccines are available at the George Town General Practice Clinic, all district health centres, Faith Hospital in Cayman Brac and the Little Cayman Clinic.

Dr. Williams-Rodriguez re-emphasised that the Cayman Islands does not have any cases of coronavirus and encourages all residents to practise infection-control measures to prevent the flu virus.

On Tuesday, he confirmed to the Cayman Compass that a “very small” number of people who returned from China have been isolated in their homes and are under daily monitoring for symptoms of coronavirus by Public Health personnel.

Health officials on Monday announced that they planned to open the temporary new clinic when they outlined Cayman’s response to the coronavirus.

They indicated that the clinic would assist in keeping patients with respiratory symptoms separate from the general patient population.

As of Wednesday, 25 countries had reported confirmed cases of the coronavirus, including China, where 24,363 people had contracted the virus, or over 99% of all cases. In all other countries, 191 cases have contracted the virus.

You can take measures to prevent contracting the flu virus by:

  • Frequent hand cleansing with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer;
  • Covering nose and mouth with tissue or a flexed elbow when coughing or sneezing;
  • Avoiding close contact with people suffering from acute respiratory infections.

The Public Health Department has released a Coronavirus Fact Sheet, which serves as a quick reference guide and common questions regarding Coronavirus (2019-nCoV). It is available online at https://www.hsa.ky/public-health/coronavirus/.