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Environmental Health Office: We Can Stop Dengue

by: - December 20, 2019
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                           Chief Environmental Health Officer, Tassie Thomas

Dominicans are reminded that dengue fever is still classified as an epidemic on island.

In October 2019, Chief Medical Officer, Dr David Johnson had reported an increase in the number of incidents and admissions associated with dengue since September.

He also announced that five patients had been admitted to the Intensive Care Unit within that period.

Chief Environmental Health Officer, Tassie Thomas is again urging residents to take environmental sanitation seriously and curb the high cases of the disease.

She says the work of environmental sanitation is “not just for the Ministry of Health or health inspectors who come to your home to check for mosquito breeding.”

Thomas insists, “We can stop dengue but it takes action from you, your children, your mother, the fathers, neighbours and me.

Every one of us must play our roles. Empty the stagnant water in the drums, buckets, cans, coconut shells; cut the grass and pour some waste oil in the breeding areas and drains,” she lists. “Go to the abandoned building next to you and empty the pots, pans, cups, plates; put a little waste oil in the toilet bowl and tank. Discard the old tires and white goods.

Thomas advises, “Call us at the Environmental Health Department at 2663468.

“People in the region are dying from dying from dengue and I don’t want that for Dominica. It is very serious and the constant rain lately is not helping. The Ministry of Health will fog but this is just to destroy the adult mosquitoes. The key to destroying mosquitos and being dengue-free is finding where the mosquitoes lay their eggs and destroying or treating that receptacle so that you don’t have little ones coming out of them and growing into adults transmitting dengue.”