An outbreak of the Chikungunya disease in St. Vincent and the Grenadines was officially declared here yesterday by Minister of Health Wellness and the Environment Clayton Burgin.
Minister Burgin confirmed the presence of the disease here, during a News Conference hosted by the Ministry of Health.
Minister Burgin explained that this country may encounter some challenges in responding to the outbreak of the disease, because samples have to be sent overseas for testing.
Minister Burgin said Public Health officials here have responded to the outbreak with a high level of professionalism, and he said he is confident that the spread of the disease would be contained.
He also appealed for the support of the public in helping to contain the outbreak.
Meanwhile, Chairman of the National Surveillance Committee, Dr. Rosmond Adams, says action is already being taken to contain the spread of the Chik-un-gunya disease here.
Speaking at yesterday’s News Conference, Dr. Adams said local health officials were able to detect the presence of the disease, because of ongoing monitoring by the committee.
Chairman of the National Surveillance Committee, Dr. Rosmond Adams.
And, Dr. Franklyn James of the Department of Primary Health Care and the Environment outlined the symptoms of Chikungunya disease.