Staff training has improved to include emerging health threats.
The Ministry of Health and Wellness has begun preparations for Vector Awareness Week.
Dr Sharon Belmar-George, senior medical officer in the Ministry of Health, has stated that June is ideal for the observance as it coincides with the rainy season.
“The Ministry of Health usually observes Vector Awareness Week in June. That is when there is heightened communication and mobilization in the various communities. We note annually, increases in vector borne diseases coinciding with our rainy season during the months of June to November. So we usually have heightened awareness activities during that period,” she explained.
There are plans to increase surveillance measures and to improve training to include emerging health threats.
“We have already commenced with the re-sensitization and training of our healthcare workers and support staff on vector borne diseases. Apart from dengue fever, chikungunya and zika, we are also doing sensitization on yellow fever. Because we have noticed some outbreaks in the Latin American countries, we are preparing our healthcare workers and we have also increased our surveillance so to ensure that persons are well aware of the impact of the disease, although we have not had any cases in Saint Lucia.”