Warnings that the Chikungunya virus causes school and work absences
SAN CRISTOBAL. The Chikungunya virus has extended to 20 provinces and it is the cause of at least a 25% absenteeism observed in the Haina Industrial Zone and it is estimated that the same percentage of absenteeism also occurs in the area schools. Although for more than two weeks the Director General of Epidemiology from the Ministry of Public Health has not published the number of persons affected by the disease, the health authorities of the province of San Cristobal reported that as of yesterday they had reports of more than 11,000 cases.
Every day around 400 patients go to the Juan Pablo Pina Hospital with symptoms of the disease and the authorities say that in the private clinics they are also attending a large number of persons that present the symptoms of the disease.
In the meantime, the population persists in the belief that this is not a disease that is transmitted by a mosquito and they insist that it is an unknown substance that was spread in the area and that causes the pains, the fever and the skin irritation that are the same as Chikungunya.
In the face of this situation, the Minister of Public Health, Freddy Hidalgo Nuñez, together with his team of sanitary technicians and members of community institutions, public and non-governmental, visited the Barrio Nuevo sector where they carried out a field day of cleaning up and eliminating the breeding areas of the mosquito that spreads the disease.
Hidalgo Nuñez visited several houses where he instructed the persons on the disease and how to eliminate the breeding areas of the Aedes Aegypti mosquito that spreads chikungunya. He applied products to kill larvae in the tanks that held water in the houses, they fumigated and distributed pamphlets.
Later the minister withdrew and left the activity in the hands of the provincial medical personnel and the health promoters of the zone.
“The mosquito that transmits the Chikungunya grows in our own homes, in any container with fresh water, if we eliminate the breeding grounds and we put chlorine on the walls of the tanks above the level of the water and we cover them correctly, we will control the disease,” Hidalgo Nuñez explained to Graciela Sierra, a resident in the barrio.
For her part, Carmen Mateo asked the authorities to repeat the process every two months in order to keep the mosquito under control.
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