Saint Lucia’s Acting National Epidemiologist, Dr. Dana Da Costa-Gomez, says the year 2020 has been an unusual one.
“It has been one of the most challenging and trying years in recent history,” she observed in a statement Tuesday.
The Saint Lucia health official observed that from an epidemiological standpoint, the country had to battle with two outbreaks concurrently- COVID-19 and Dengue Fever.
“Both these diseases have unfortunately caused some loss of life here in Saint Lucia, but to date, as a nation, we have been able to control and prevent the large scale loss of life that has been associated with COVID-19 in many countries worldwide,” Da Costa-Gomez noted.
The Acting National Epidemiologist disclosed that the Epidemiology Unit has noted common trends in the transmission and impact of the diseases, both of which require practicing proper personal and environmental hygiene in controlling their spread.
“This effort is not an individual one, but requires the collective effort of the entire society if we are to succeed in keeping our country safe,” Da Costa-Gomez stated.
“Recently, we have observed a general decrease in the number of COVID-19 cases, which also coincides with a marked improvement in the adherence to the measures and protocols set in place by the Ministry of Health,” she said.
According to Da Costa-Gomez, notwithstanding the focus on COVID-19, it is essential that people keep their surroundings clean and eliminate all mosquito-breeding sites to reduce the incidence of Dengue fever.
“These successes can only be achieved, when all parts of society work together,” she asserted.
“As we enter into this festive season, we implore all Saint Lucians to continue to observe the good practices as it is through collective effort and personal responsibility that we will be able to return to some semblance of normalcy,” Da Costa-Gomez stated.
Headline photo caption: Acting National Epidemiologist, Dr. Dana Da Costa-Gomez (Image courtesy National Television Network)