The government is determined to treat dengue fever or a dengue outbreak the same way it is tackling the COVID-19 pandemic, said Lt. Col. Jeffrey Bostic.
He told journalists at the Ilaro Court on Monday that any outbreak will be treated with “the same degree of seriousness and approach that the health emergency operations center is responsible for initiating efforts”.
He explained, “For example, we hired about 40 additional people to help the Environment Department go there, and they were there trying to find breeding grounds for mosquitoes.”
Lt. Col. Bostic said that the ministry not only added additional labor, but also spent a significant amount of money on equipment.
He said, “We have spent a lot of money buying both hand-held foggers and truck foggers. We are waiting for the smoke machines to arrive, and once those machines are here we can deploy four fog teams – two in the northern half of the country and two in the southern half, with a fifth team that will be able to cater to each individual case react. “
Lt. Col. Bostic said the ministry was in control of the situation, saying the health ministry had been actively mapping places where suspected cases were reported.
He told journalists, “We have collected information regarding people suspected of having dengue fever and we have targeted the areas of current capacity that we have that will continue for the next several months, especially then We have the equipment to deploy all of the teams that are now available to us. “
The acting Chief Medical Officer Dr. Kenneth George had previously stated that the ministry had always been very careful with the Graeme Hall Swamp, Christ Church, as it contained the Anopheles and Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, both of which are potentially sick, on a small basis Species.
Dengue fever is mainly transmitted by female mosquitoes of the Aedes aegypti species. These mosquitoes are also carriers of Chikungunya and Zika viruses. There have been no reports of yellow fever, which is also transmitted by the Aedes aegypti, in decades, and there have also been no cases of malaria, which is normally transmitted by the Anopheles species.
Dr. George noted that the ministry continues to work to ensure that the southern part of Barbados is always foggy and that teams keep going out. He added, “Our challenge is that for October we stated that our level for October was a little higher than the standard call, so it met the threshold for an outbreak [of dengue]But luckily for November, those values returned to the values seen in previous years. “
The public health official admitted there was increased activity and multiple hospitalizations, saying, “You may have heard in the press that there have been multiple deaths in the area, but luckily we have been blessed in Barbados but we have It Done To oversee this, the Department of Health will keep an eye on all areas of public health concern during a COVID pandemic. That’s what we’re trying to do – to make sure the public is safe. “
Dr. George reminded the Barbadians that maintaining public health requires public cooperation. The medical chief asked households to check their properties for mosquito larvae twice a week.