Posted: Sunday, September 30, 2018. 7:57 pm CST.
By BBN Staff: Today the Belize Red Cross in collaboration with the Corozal Town Council held a cleanup campaign in Corozal Town.
The areas of focus were the Skeleton Town Area and College Road. Project Director, Marley Brown Goodin told BBN that today’s initiative is a part of an ongoing Zika Prevention and Response Project by the Belize Red Cross.
According to her, the project is scheduled for the next 18 months and have four areas of focus:
1. Reduce the risk of Zika transmission and the spread of other vector-borne diseases through public information campaigns and health
preparedness activities at community and household levels.
2. Reduce transmission of Zika and other diseases spread by the Aedes mosquito in areas where risks are high through effective and
sustained community level vector control activities.
3. Mitigate public health consequences of Zika virus outbreak through the dissemination of targeted information at the household level, and through the provision of psychological support to women and families affected by Zika.
4. Ensure effective learning and knowledge sharing, through regional coordination meetings and National Society exchanges, to support program adaptations in line with emerging evidence at the community, country, regional and global levels.
Mrs. Goodin told our newsroom that the purpose of this project is to “reduce risks associated with Zika infection through mobilization of
Red Cross National Societies and volunteers to effectively and efficiently support intensive community level activities in the Caribbean region.
She pointed out that the virus is predominantly transmitted through the bite of infected Aedes mosquitoes but can also be sexually
transmitted. According to her, symptoms of Zika are usually mild and can last for two to seven days. Those symptoms include mild fever, skin rash, conjunctivitis, muscle, and joint pain.
According to Goodin, San Pedro and Corozal towns are the areas of focus for this project.
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