Dengue alert!

 

 

The ministry of health  has made public its’ belief that  there is an increased health threat to dominica as our neighboring French territories, Guadeloupe and Martinique, are currently being faced with a significant vector borne disease, dengue fever’. The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and the Caribbean Epidemiological Centre (CAREC) is advising the entire Caribbean to prepare themselves as this outbreak has the potential of becoming a record year for dengue epidemic, since during the rainy season, the breeding process of the deadly Aedes Aegypti Mosquito is at its peak. In an effort to reduce the spread of the disease, PAHO and CAREC has found it fit to highlight certain environmental and sanitary conditions which create excellent breeding site for mosquitoes and they include, irregular water to residents, poor water storage at homes and public places, improper disposal of used tires, improper use of water in domestic flower pots and the presence of garbage containers collecting water in private and public places. In an effort to avoid an outbreak, the ministry of health is advising the public to practice safe storage of rain water in containers that are fully covered, advocate for proper disposal of old and used containers and campaign for appropriate disposal of used tires in designated areas. They are also encouraging the public to promote community participation in health education activities and is appealing to all stakeholders such as the Health Promotion Unit, Dominica Solid Waste Management Corporation, Local Government, National Pest and Termite Control Ltd and the general public to work together to prevent any potential outbreaks.

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