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Ministry of Health appeals to public to help battle dengue outbreak following two possible dengue-related deaths

Posted: Friday, August 16, 2019. 4:12 pm CST.

By BBN Staff: The Ministry of Health is calling on all Belizeans to do their part in the national response to the outbreak of Dengue Fever following the tragic deaths of two women, that are suspected to be dengue-related.

Today, Minister of Health Pablo Marin sounded the call at the meeting of the House of Representatives, reminding all Belizeans that managing the dengue outbreak is not just a job for the MOH.

Our newsroom spoke with Director of Health Services, Dr. Marvin Manzanero, who explained that the ministry has been reaching out to communities countrywide since the month of March, organizing cleanup campaigns and sharing educational material about controlling the spread of dengue through eradicating mosquito breeding sites.

He said the ministry is currently undergoing several interventions including, looking into producing mosquito repellent to distribute to pregnant women, who are more susceptible to complications due to dengue; finalizing an emergent budget somewhere in the realm of $200,000 for the procurement of more mosquito nets, repellent, educational material and public awareness campaigns among other things; and organizing even more cleanup campaigns countrywide.

Manzanero said that the two unfortunate deaths were labeled as maternal deaths, because of the close proximity the deaths happened to the women giving birth. One of the cases was from the northern health region while the other was from the south. Manzanero said that the
northern region case had a lab test confirmed that she had dengue before she passed, while there was no test confirming the southern region case, however, the symptoms led physicians to believe that the issue was dengue-related.


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