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Health Ministry Urges Collective Efforts For Dengue Control, Prevention In Schools

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Saint Lucia’s Health Ministry has called on parents, teachers, and students to affix the national effort at dengue control and prevention in schools.

In a press release Thursday, the Ministry observed that several countries have reported increased dengue fever cases for the reason that start of the 2023 rainy season.

The statement reminded the general public, principals, staff, teachers, parents, and students that mosquito breeding occurs on the varsity premises.

It noted that the Aedes Aegypti mosquito spreads dengue fever, chikungunya, and Zika.

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” As numerous students, teachers and staff travel to and from school every day, the presence of infective female Aedes Aegypti mosquitoes on school premises can in a short time and simply spread dengue fever at schools,” the Ministry of Health stated.

Because of this, the Ministry noted the importance of weekly inspections of college grounds to eliminate or treat potential or lively mosquito breeding sites.

The Ministry of Health reported conducting on-the-ground surveillance in any respect schools with lively mosquito breeding sites and eliminating the areas.

It also did fogging to focus on adult mosquitoes and ensure students were in a snug and protected environment.

As well as, the Ministry encouraged teachers, staff, and students to take care of general cleanliness in and around schools by practicing proper disposal of garbage, akin to used plastic cups, plates, bottles, wrappers, and other small miscellaneous items that may collect water and turn out to be breeding sites for mosquitoes.

It  called on parents to look out for the signs and symptoms of dengue fever of their children.

Probably the most common symptoms include fever, headache, pain behind the eyes, muscle and joint pains, and a red itchy rash.

Characteristic in children is the looks of glands within the neck.

The Ministry of Health appealed to oldsters to hunt medical attention for kids exhibiting any dengue fever symptoms.


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