Screen_Shot_2015-07-15_at_4.25.39_PMCommunity health workers and other medical professionals converged at the Gala Lounge today for a sensitization workshop on Vector Borne Diseases specifically Dengue, Malaria and Chikungunya. The countrywide effort seeks to prevent or lower the reported cases of these vector diseases and also condition the behaviours of community members towards combating the problem. The effort is a collaboration between PAHO, the European Union and the Ministry of Health.


ARNULFO CANTUN – PAHO EU Project Coordinator


“What happened today is that we are looking at implementing a particular activity that is being supported by PAHO and the European Union along with the ministry of health and what it look at is basically prevention of airborne illnesses and in particular Malaria and Dengue.”


Maria Novelo – Reporter


“Who is it that you are targeting?”


ARNULFO CANTUN – PAHO EU Project Coordinator


“What happens is that we are implementing a particular methodology which is referred as COMBI, communication for behaviour impact, and what that is, is a planning framework along with an implementation strategy where we target certain behaviours that normally contributes to Dengue and Malaria so what we are also looking at is that for each district to come up with their own specific strategy and then implement them so we are doing this throughout the country and now we are in Orange Walk and our stakeholder here they come up together and made a plan and this opportunity here at this session is for them to sound that plan out to others stakeholders so they can see how useful the strategy is and how it will be rolled out in the coming months.”


Acting Supervisor at the Vector Control Department, Selvin Garcia, says new initiatives on vector control have been undertaken, leading to a rapid development of effective and lasting methods of vector control but it will require the collective participation of the communities on a whole.


SELVIN GARCIA – Acting Supervisor, Vector Control


“First of all what is going on here is strategization workshop for communication and behavioural impact sometime in April a national COMBI workshop was held at the Princess Casino where all the district met to develop a COMBI plan so see how we can work within our communities in our specific district for the prevention and control of vector borne diseases particularly Malaria and Dengue and chikengunya. What happens is that these can be vector disease that can be an all year around disease and so far in the north we have Dengue and Malaria.”


So far six cases of dengue have been recorded here in the north, three from the village of San Estevan and San Jose in the Orange Walk District and three from the villages of Patchakan and San Victor in the Corozal District.

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