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There have been no alarming flood-related outbreaks as a result of the rainy season; but according to Health Minister Dr Leslie Ramsammy, the Ministry of Health is taking no chances,NFL Jerseys Outlet, thus health workers will remain vigilant in flood-affected communities.And according to the minister,Cheap Jerseys Wholesale, health workers have been working beyond the call of duty, even giving up their weekends in order to efficiently monitor the situation on a daily basis, an act he regarded as laudable.“They have been out there and have been providing service to residents. And I would like to thank all of them for their dedication,” the minister related.Health workers, the minister said, were dispatched into the various communities, since the beginning of the rainy season,Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic, to monitor communities that are usually affected by flood resulting from incessant rainfall.He disclosed that, only Sunday last,Jerseys NFL China, he visited a number of flood-affected areas on the East Coast of Demerara, including Enterprise, Paradise and Dazzell Housing Scheme, but had previously visited other affected areas.The minister said that he also plans to visit some riverain communities as well shortly. According to the minister, the surveillance by health workers has become something that residents have come to expect when the rainy season comes.“People think that a health team is necessary. As soon as they see the water accumulate,Jerseys NFL China, they look out for the teams, and this is a good thing. It goes to show that the ministry’s effort has come a long way.”Dr. Ramsammy pointed out that the ministry has, over the years, engaged an “in your face” type of approach, which he believes has been very instrumental in reducing the incidence of flood-related illnesses.The minister disclosed that there have so far been detections of expected cases of rashes and itches. Moreover, he noted that cases of Acute Respiratory Infection (ARI) and influenza-type illnesses have also been observed.But while the cases of ARI are more than was anticipated, the minister asserted, the amount of cases detected is not overwhelming.A few cases of diarrhoea and vomiting have surfaced as well, the minister said, even as he stressed the importance for persons to boil or add bleach to their water in flood affected communities.According to the minister, the surveillance teams are provided with necessary medication and treatment, including bleach,NFL Jerseys China, to address almost any situation they may encounter.He pointed out that, while he does not expect any severe cases, such as leptospirosis or typhoid, to arise, health workers are carefully monitoring every case that they detect.Minister Ramsammy observed that residents have been adhering to flood advice from the Health Ministry, a development he attributed to the health workers’ vigilance.“Some residents are complying, so that is why we are not getting too many cases of flood-related illnesses.They are in fact taking precautions even more than during the flood of 2005,” the minister disclosed.And though a part of the population is adhering quite well, the minister opined, there are others who fail to see the advice as crucial to their health and wellbeing.Residents of affected flood areas, he said, are being advised to avoid flooded water as much as possible, or wear long boots if they must venture into the water.Also, persons should apply some sort of oil-based ointment to their skin to lessen the possible effects of the flooded waters, especially in areas where there are animals, the minister urged.He warned that children as well as adults should desist from playing or swimming in flooded waters, pointing out that some persons unwisely treat the flooded areas as a “carnival environment.”According to the minister, even if the place is slightly damp, persons should not walk around bare-footed or with sandals, but rather use whole shoes for their own safety.“All we are asking people to do is to follow simple instructions….that is all it would take to keep them safe during the rainy season,” the minister assured.Meanwhile, the Health Ministry has put in place a permanent surveillance team which will continue to monitor the Mahaica/Mahaicony/Abary area even after the rainy season comes to an end, Minister Ramsammy divulged.
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