Health Ministry Receives Support from PAHO for Dengue Outbreak

Dr. Bernadette Theodore-Gandi, (centre) PAHO/WHO Representative for Jamaica, Bermuda & The Cayman Islands and Dr. Marion Bullock DuCasse, (left) Technical Advisor, Health Emergencies hand over 500 Mosquito Bed Nets to Health Minister, Dr. Christopher Tufton, as part of the Organization’s support of the Dengue outbreak currently affecting the island. The nets will be distributed primarily to pediatric wards of hospitals across the island. PAHO is also providing support in capacity building of key healthcare workers, who are first responders in the outbreak.

The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) continues to provide support to the Ministry of Health in Jamaica, as the Ministry combats the effects of a dengue outbreak, since declaration in January 2019. PAHO/WHO has provided technical and coordinating support to the Ministry’s Emergency Operations Centre (EOC), and also provided training to key personnel in the management of Jamaica’s EOC. In coordination with the Ministry of Health, PAHO also facilitated a two-day seminar to elaborate the National Integrated Vector Management Strategy, which will play an integral role in building a sustainable response that is able to outlast this current outbreak.