Via Kaieteur News Online: Immense efforts being made to tackle Chikungunya virus. Excerpt:
Although the Chikungunya virus is one that is recognised as a daunting public health threat, Guyana’s reaction to tackling the mosquito-borne virus has been lauded by international partners.
In fact, unofficial word from a representative from an international partner is that “the best thing that could have happened for Guyana was for the Chikungunya virus to have arrived in Berbice.”
This disclosure has been premised on the fact that Berbice from the inception of the outbreak in May has been unrelentingly combating the virus.
Although it has since spread to a number of sections of the country including Regions Three, Four and Five, the first cases were detected in sections of East Berbice, Region Six.
Reports out of the Ministry of Health suggest that the confirmed cases of the virus currently amount to 31.
But although the virus has somewhat stabilised in Berbice, Chief Executive Officer, Dr Vishwa Mahadeo, during an interview with this publication, informed that efforts by the Berbice Regional Health Authority to keep the virus under control are certainly not subsiding.
Dr Mahadeo is among the few medical practitioners in the country who have been specifically trained to address the Chikungunya virus.
According to him, Berbice currently has one regional hospital, three district hospitals, 26 health centres and health posts, all of which are continuously on alert for symptoms of the virus. Among the symptoms associated with the Chikungunya virus, which is transmitted by the Aedes Aegypti mosquito, are: headache, rash, malaise complemented by high fevers, muscle and joint pains.
TACKLING THE VIRUS
A mosquito nuisance in Berbice had raised suspicions among health care workers that the Region had been infiltrated by Chikungunya virus-carrying mosquitoes. And when those suspicions were validated by laboratory tests of samples at the Caribbean Public Health Agency in Trinidad, Dr Mahadeo disclosed that “we literally fogged the whole of Berbice.”