Dominica Observes World Health Day

timthumbDominica joined the rest of the world in the observance of World Health Day, an event which is celebrated annually on April 7th, to mark the founding of the World Health Organization in 1948.

Each year the Organization selects a key health issue and encourages people of all ages and all backgrounds to host events that highlight the significance of this issue for good health and well-being.

World Health Day provides a unique opportunity for communities from across the world to come together for one day to promote actions that can improve our health.

This year’s World Health Day is observed under the global theme, “Small Bites Big Threats.” Focusing on Vectors and Vector-borne Diseases.vlcsnap-2014-04-07-17h57m11s206

The purpose is to raise awareness about the threat posed by vectors and vector-borne diseases and to stimulate families and communities to take action to protect themselves.

The Director of the Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO) Dr. Carissa Etienne, emphasizes that these diseases lead to school absenteeism, worsening of poverty, a negative impact on economic productivity, high health costs and overloaded health systems in countries.

The Ministry of Health in observing World Health Day will undertake a month of activities, running from April 7 to 30, 2014 and will focus on vectors of public health significance, namely, mosquitoes, rats, ticks and flies.

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