Dengue and Chikungunya Education

Aedes Aegypti mosquito

The Ministry of Health staged a public education walk-through the busy streets of St George’s, to share information about Dengue and the Chikungunya Virus, with thousands of Grenadians last Friday. Both viruses are transmitted to people by mosquitoes.

Ministry walkabout in St George’s
Ministry walkabout in St George’s

The bold initiative was headed by Permanent Secretary Aaron Francois, Chief Medical Officer Dr George Mitchell, Chief Community Health Nurse Lydia Francis, Information Officer Keville Frederick, and Country Programme Officer of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), Tessa Stroude.

Grenadians responded positively to the information-sharing and commended the health ministry’s top brass for leaving the comfort of their offices and walking the streets of St George’s to educate on public health safety.

Vendors, police officers, store owners, bus drivers and conductors, fishermen and women, students and even sidewalk socialisers took the time to listen, as the health officials reminded about the importance of keeping surroundings clean, reducing mosquito breeding sites, covering drums used for water storage and ensuring that garbage, used tires and white goods are disposed off at the landfill.

The Ministry plans to visit a different parish every week. The public information-sharing continues this weekend with visits to Grenville.

Source: GIS

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