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Apr 7, 2014

World Health Day 2014 celebrated

World Health Day is being commemorated universally today.  In Belize City, representatives from the Ministry of Health, as well as the Pan American Health Organization, PAHO, formally recognized the day by hosting a health fair.  Under the theme “Small Bite, Big Threat”, the focus of the daylong exhibition was on vector-borne diseases.  Chief Executive Officer in the Ministry of Health, Doctor Peter Allen says that despite all the efforts by the ministry in controlling such disease transmitting organisms, it is a difficult undertaking which requires partnerships with other health organizations.

 

Dr. Peter Allen, C.E.O., Ministry of Health

Peter Allen

“The World Health Organization, represented in the Americas, of course, by the Pan American Health Organization, PAHO, is our greatest international partnership.  Working as a respected member of the international health community, Belize has achieved much, yet as always, much more needs to be done.  As Dr. Decosio said, more than half the world’s population is at risk from diseases such as malaria, dengue, leishmaniasis, Lyme disease, schistosomiasis and yellow fever, all carried by mosquitoes, flies, ticks, water snails and other vectors and every year around the world indeed, more than a billion people are infected and more than a million die from vector borne disease.  On this World Health Day again we are highlighting the serious threat of vector borne disease with the slogan Small Bite, Big Threat.  Mosquitoes, flies and bugs then maybe a threat to your health and that of your family.  This then is the message of this year’s World Health Day, Small Bite, Big Threat.  Indeed, the smallest mosquito can cause extremely big problems.  The smallest mosquito is so much more than just an irritating pest.  This, of course, my friends, is where the concept of partnerships has never been more important.”

 

The Health Fair concluded at three o’clock this afternoon near the Lions Club in Belize City.

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