World Health Day celebrated

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Dr. Peter Allen (CEO, Ministry of Health)

Dr. Peter Allen
(CEO, Ministry of Health)

Monday, April 7, 2014. AARON HUMES Reporting: Today is World Health Day and the focus is on control of vector-born diseases; that is, diseases caused by insects such as mosquitoes that carry deadly viruses and bacteria.

Common examples include dengue fever and malaria.

A formal ceremony was held in Belize City and we spoke with CEO in the Ministry of Health, Dr. Peter Allen, who reports that the Ministry has made great strides in certain areas, reducing the number of malaria cases in Belize to 26 last year, as well as a consistent spraying and eradication program.

He notes that there is still much work to do to completely eliminate diseases like these and reminds Belizeans to get rid of possible breeding sites for mosquitoes and insects carrying malaria and dengue fever.

Following the ceremony there was an informational health fair.

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