The Ministry of Health, Wellness and the Environment (MOHWE) has launched an Integrated Vector Control Programme, in response to the Dengue Fever outbreak that St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) is currently faced with.
Minister of Health, Wellness and the Environment, Hon. Luke Browne, at a press conference this afternoon (Oct. 2), informed that the project was approved by Cabinet on Thursday (Oct. 1) and is aimed to run from October 2020 to January 2021.
He noted that the programme, amounting to $1.6 million, will be carried out in three components.
Nationwide fogging and surveillance at all major ports of entry; Cleaning and clearing of rivers streams and drainage systems and Communications and health promotions.
Three-quarters of the total admissions at the Milton Cato Memorial Hospital (MCMH) are Dengue Fever related, Minister Browne reported.
Browne announced on XtremeFM on Tuesday (Sept. 29) that the MOHWE is in the process of procuring some thirty fogging machines. The nation currently has four machines and two operating teams.
He today informed that the aim is to increase fogging teams to 24, with the hope of having them operate on a district level.
“So we’re ramping up fogging.” – Browne
Six Dengue Fever deaths have been confirmed in SVG to date. The ministry reports that as of Tuesday September 29, 2020, there were 514 laboratory confirmed cases of Dengue Fever recorded in SVG.