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Internationale steun voor St. Maarten in strijd tegen chikungunya-virus

5 januari 2014

PHILIPSBURG – Medewerkers van het Caribisch Bureau voor Volksgezondheid (Carpha) en de Panamerikaanse Gezondheidsorganisatie Paho zijn komende week op Sint Maarten in verband met de uitbraak van het chikungunya-virus.

De organisaties beginnen dinsdag aan een vijfdaags bezoek om te bekijken hoe de regering reageert op de uitbraak van het chikungunya-virus. De symptomen van dit virus komen overeen met de symptomen van het denguevirus.

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De medewerkers gaan ook bekijken welke hulp zij kunnen bieden om de huidige campagne tegen het broeden van de muggen te ondersteunen. Het ministerie van Volksgezondheid in St. Maarten heeft om de steun gevraagd bij Paho. Tot op dit moment heeft de Nederlandse kant van het eiland één geregistreerd geval van de gevaarlijke besmetting. 

Minister van Volksgezondheid Cornelius de Weever werkt nauw samen met collega’s aan de Franse kant. Franstalige en Engelstalige spandoeken met de tekst “Allemaal samen tegen de muggen” zijn her en der over het eiland aangebracht.

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De Weever stelt in een persbericht dat hij ingenomen is met de assistentie van Paho en Carpha. “We hebben een relatie opgebouwd met deze instellingen door onze aanwezigheid bij lokale, regionale en internationale bijeenkomsten en workshops. Wij hoeven hier niet opnieuw het wiel uit te vinden nu we een beroep voor hulp kunnen doen op deze internationale organisaties die een schat aan ervaring hebben op het gebied van de volksgezondheid.”

Bron: NTR Caribisch Netwerk

 

CARPA, Paho reps to assess cikungunya response

MONDAY, 06 JANUARY 2014

PHILIPSBURG–Representatives of the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) and the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) will be in St. Maarten on Tuesday as part of a five-day visit to review the current response to the chikungunya virus.

The officials will also see what assistance or resources can be provided to assist government in its current campaign to eliminate mosquito breeding areas in the country.

The initial request for the visit was made by St. Maarten’s Ministry of Public Health to PAHO. The end result of the technical visit will be the development of a response plan to chikungunya. The country has only one confirmed case to date.

The Health Ministry is working closely with the Collectivité of French St. Martin and public health officials there in a joint effort to eliminate mosquito breeding sites that lead to vector borne diseases such as chikungunya.

Health Minister Cornelius de Weever says he welcomes the technical visit. He said the CARPHA/PAHO mission can only further strengthen the country’s capacities. “Our associated membership with PAHO and our direct relationship with CARPHA allow us to call upon these regional international entities for technical assistance, capacity strengthening, networking and much more,” he was quoted as saying in a press release on Sunday.

“Our relationship with all these organisations has been built by attending and participating in local, regional and international meetings, seminars and workshops. I am extremely grateful for their assistance and looking forward to continue working with them. There is no need to re-invent the wheel while we can call upon these international bodies that come with a whole wealth of public health experience for assistance. We live in a time of changing public health challenges and we must be prepared as a country to address them.”

The CARPHA/PAHO team will include Dr. Babatunde Olowokure (CARPHA), Dr. Karen Polson (CARPHA), Camille White (CARPHA), Dr. Pilar Ramón-Pardo (PAHO/WHO) and Dr. Washington Lum (PAHO/WHO Venezuela).

These specialists will review the surveillance systems for chikungunya detection and monitoring including establishing communication mechanisms with relevant national and international organisations and networks of experts.

The delegation also wants to raise awareness and improve the capacity of healthcare providers for early detection, adequate management and timely reporting of suspected cases of chikungunya.

The CARPHA/PAHO health specialists will also determine whether capacity, capability and coordination procedures of laboratories including laboratory networking and integrated vector management strategy and the entomological surveillance targeting known chikungunya vectors need to be strengthened.

At the end of the visit a draft report of their findings will be presented to the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour at a debriefing.

Source: The Daily Herald, St. Maarten

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