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The fight against Zika and other mosquito borne diseases in St. Lucia continues. This was manifested on Monday when the world’s oldest public health agency, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)  donated two foggers and a large quantity of bed nets to the Ministry of Health and Wellness.

Earlier this year St. Lucia recorded its first case of Zika and ever since there has been a steady increase throughout the island. However, the Ministry of Health through its operational agency, the Environmental Health Department along with the Bureau of Health Education have been relentless in educating and sensitizing the communities.
 
During a brief Handing Over ceremony in the Conference room of the Environmental Health Department , Valerie Beach-Horne, PAHO Country Specialist said the donation is a fulfilment of PAHO’s mission in St. Lucia.

Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Sharon Belmar-George thanked PAHO for the donation saying it will go a long way towards reducing neonatal complications arising from the effects of the Zika Virus
 
Health officials urge that in addition to  fogging equipment and other materials, it is a good practice to keep surroundings clean and free from breeding of mosquitoes.
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