PRESS RELEASE – Zika virus disease is caused by a virus transmitted by Aedes mosquitoes. People with Zika virus disease usually have symptoms that can include mild fever, skin rashes, conjunctivitis, muscle and joint pain, malaise or headache. These symptoms normally last for 2-7 days.
Officials of the World Health Organization and Ministries of Health in the Americas have been expressing concern about the Zika Virus epidemic in parts of South America. Though St. Lucia has not recorded any cases of Zika virus in its population, officials of the Ministry of Health are concerned about the possible onset of the virus considering the impact it can have on human health.
Taking into consideration the possibility of the onset of the Zika virus epidemic in St. Lucia the various community organizations in Vieux-Forth North, with significant support from the Department of Environmental Health office in Vieux-Fort, have organized a series of street meetings in Belle Vue, Grace, and Morne Cayenne.
During these meetings, residents will receive information on the signs, symptoms and measures that can be implemented to destroy the breeding sites of the Aedes mosquito. Several meetings will be held from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm on 17th February, 2016 in Belle Vue and its sub-communities and on 18th February, 2016 in Grace and its environs. Meetings for Pierrot, Vigier and Aupicou were held on 16th February, 2016.
Also a massive clean-up campaign has been slated for Saturday February 20, 2016 in communities in Vieux-Fort North. This activity will commence at 6:30 am in the respective communities. The purpose of this event is to destroy the breeding sites of the Aedes mosquito.
Accordingly residents are encouraged to remove from their home environment and place along the main roads, for collection, any items that can hold stagnant water. Some of these items include old containers, refrigerators, drums, tires and bottles. Also we urge residents to unclog drains that can lead to the accumulation of stagnant water. Further, dense brush and weeds where mosquitoes rest and hide during the day should be cleared.
After the collect of the garbage, we are kindly requesting that the residents of Belle Vue and its environs assemble at the Belle Vue Human Resource Development Centre at 2:00 pm to learn about the Zika virus in the form of music, theatrical presentation and an interactive question and answer segment.
Avot Sevis will be onsite to provide entertainment. It is hoped that through this activity the residents of Vieux-Fort North will be more aware of the steps that can be taken to prevent the onset of the virus in their locality.