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Nov 6, 2019

Western Health Region Installs Dengue Clinic to Help with Epidemic

Since the dengue outbreak was announced by the Ministry of Health earlier this year, weekly reports have shown the western region as one of the areas recording the highest number of cases. The northern districts of Corozal and Orange Walk have also confirmed soaring numbers.  At the San Ignacio Community Hospital and the Western Regional Hospital in Belmopan, which encompass the western health region, Doctor Javier Zuniga says they have put in place a dengue clinic. The medical team assigned to this function focus primarily on providing service for those persons who are exhibiting dengue-like symptoms during this epidemic. He says that while there has been a decrease in the number of cases which spiked in August and September, with the rains, they are expecting to see another spike of the epidemic.

 

Javier Zuniga

Dr. Javier Zuniga, Regional Health Manager, Western Health Region

“The peak of our outbreak in the month of August/September. In October we had a decrease in the number of cases; that’s when the rain started. And now we are starting to see that we’re having an increasing in the number of cases, but not to the extent that we had in September and August. We expected this cause we knew the rains were coming and more mosquitoes are coming out. We have set up what we call a dengue clinic which means that anybody that comes with fever goes directly to that clinic; they are assessed very quickly and then dengue is either ruled out or another condition. If it is another condition, then they are passed on to the outpatient area. However, if it is dengue and we highly suspect that it is dengue, then we do other testing; we hold the patients there to monitor them for a while, before we release them. So that is what we are doing in this area; we continue to do that as we speak. Once you have fever, please go to the hospital so that we can rule out dengue. This is because we are still in an active period of an epidemic, of an outbreak. Now with the rains…at this point we don’t have a lot of cases, but the mosquitoes that transmit the virus are nor reproducing at a faster rate because water exist; stagnant water we are talking about. The Ministry of Health can do its part, but the population and the communities need to do their past as well.”


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