Unsafe sexual practices are among things Chief Medical Officer Dr. Sharon Belmar George has advised Saint Lucians against in a statement outlining recommendations for the Carnival Season.
“Annually, we note increases in sexually transmitted infections after the Carnival season,” Belmar George disclosed.
She also said the Ministry of Health would be donating condoms to carnival bands and planning associations to ensure they are available to revelers.
In addition to unsafe sexual practices, the Chief Medical Officer spoke of the need to avoid dehydration and excessive alcohol.
She noted that excessive alcohol intake leads to dehydration, injuries, violence, and road fatalities when people drive under the influence.
Belmar George explained that there are limited Intensive care beds available at the hospitals.
“Usually, during this period, we note increased patient flow in the Accident and Emergency Department at the Hospital,” she explained.
“During this season, there is a tendency for participants to let their guard down on many different levels,” Belmar George observed.
However, the Chief Medical Officer said it was essential to take precautions.
The complete list of her recommendations appears in her statement below: