The Ministry of Health, Wellness and the Environment says it has amplified all efforts, with healthcare providers here, being briefed on the surveillance and clinical management of Zika.
There are no reported cases of the Zika virus infection here in SVG. However, the Health Ministry says stringent measures are being put in place to manage the virus, should it surface.
In a new release, the Ministry of Health explains that environmental surveillance has been increased, with specific emphasis at all ports.
And, as part of a strategy to manage the threat of the Zika virus, a national clean-up drive is underway and is being led by the Ministry of Health, Wellness and the Environment, with support from other Ministries and stakeholders, and is aimed at reducing the population of the aedes aegypti mosquito, the vector, which transmits the Zika, Chickungunya and Dengue viruses.
The World Health Organization has declared Zika in the Americas as a public health emergency of international concern. This means that the transmission of the Zika Virus has the potential to become a pandemic.