The Ministry of Health, Wellness and the Environment has distributed over one thousand mosquito nets to health facilities around the island.
This is an initiative that was suggested by the Dengue Task Force to aid in the prevention of Dengue Fever.
On Wednesday (20th February), representatives from the Ministry distributed one thousand, three hundred and fifty nets to among five organizations.
These include the Fiennes Institute, the Care Project, Mount St. John’s Medical Centre and the Medical Division. The Medical Division will be responsible for the distribution of the nets to the various health clinics around the island.
The sister isle of Barbuda will also be receiving a number of mosquito nets.
Meanwhile, the Ministry continues to urge residents to rid their surroundings of mosquito breeding sites. The plea comes from Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Rhonda Sealey-Thomas who stressed the importance of being vigilant about mosquito control.
The public is reminded that Dengue is a viral disease spread by the Aedes Aegypti mosquito. Symptoms of Dengue include fever, headache, rash, vomiting which could lead to dehydration, muscle pain, dark colour stool, bleeding from the nose and mouth and inability to adapt to bright lights.
Parents are reminded to pay keen attention to babies who may become dehydrated and cry without tears and use fewer diapers.
Any person who believes he or she may be infected should NOT use Aspirin, Ibuprofen or Advil and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agents, but instead use other fever-reducing agents such as Paracetamol, Panadol and Cetamol.
Reducing the number of Dengue cases requires reducing the number of mosquitoes.
The Vector Control Unit at the Central Board of Health has intensified its mosquito reduction activities through increased inspections to identify and destroy mosquito breeding sites and increased fogging operations that kill the adult mosquito.