Thanks to Lucie Lecomte for sending the link to this December 14 report in Midi Madagasikara: Fight against the plague: Focus awareness, according to the Ministry of Public Health. A Google translation:
The existence of the plague epidemic in the country is now confirmed, after the discovery of 84 cases, 39 people were killed, from five districts (Mandritsara Soanierana Ivongo, Ikongo, Tsiroanomandidy ary Ikalamavony) , last week.
This means that there is fear, not to say that the alert is lifted. In fact, one of the main reasons which caused the multitude of victims, was the delay of medical interventions, caused by the difficulty of access to those places.
"Note that some of these places where we found these cases are very isolated. To get there, like the district Mandritsara, must be 110 km in 4 × 4, then travel 40 km on foot. So doctors could not get there in time, " says Dr. Carmen Randriamanampisoa, the Director of Health Promotion at the Ministry of Public Health.
Faced with all this, she said that awareness of the Malagasy population must be paramount and preferred that such situation does not happen again. This is because according to her, the Malagasy have not enough information about the disease and its severity.
In any case, she reassures: "The ministry is conducting an intense awareness, implementing its various branches, such as CBS, the CSBII, hospitals, ..." . In addition, community workers would also be in full awareness level "fokontany."
"And communication managers located in all regions and all districts also do the same" , she continues.
Lack of resources. Moreover, Dr. Carmen Randriamanampisoa insists that everyone must be involved in this fight. "This, because the department can not only lead this struggle due to lack of financial and material seen that the country is in crisis. "
"This fight should not only be for the department, but that of everyone, from every home. And all sectors should also assess the impact of their activities on human health ", she adds.
Free drugs. Anyway, it reassures that for the moment, this disease is now about to be controlled, especially in the places indicated. The department distributed free medicines to the population of the most vulnerable places, and has already sent teams strengthened on land, working with WHO and Pasteur Institute
"We took all necessary measures for the eradicate. But everyone must always be on guard and immediately consult doctors suspected."
Note that two kinds of pests were recorded in Madagascar, bubonic and pneumonic plague (the latter can be transmitted directly from one individual to another). And symptoms are always the same: fever, headache, lymph node, cough with sputum tinged with blood, intense and rapid fatigue.
Knowing that this disease from rats, Dr. Carmen R. reiterates that "to kill these bugs should not be poisoned, but captured alive and be burned alive to prevent their fleas can not escape". In sum, she urges all individuals to preserve cleanliness.