With not one single case reported, Cuba spares no preventive efforts to fight the zika virus, which has spread worldwide and records a high number of cases in Latin America.
Cuban President Raúl Castro called upon the Cuban people to fight the virus starting with prevention measures, based on the country’s experiences in dealing with other diseases also transmitted by the Aedes aegypti mosquito. Once more, the population is in charge of performing this task, now with the support of members from the army and the police.
The zika virus is already affecting 32 countries of Latin American and the Caribbean, while its spreading and possible connection with the rising number of microcephalic babies born to infected mothers have triggered the alarm within the World Health Organization (WHO), the Cuban president said.
Though there is no scientific prove that the virus is the cause for all microcephaly cases, a significant relation between the disease and the increase in the number of this congenital malformation has been established.
In his call to the Cuban people, Raúl Castro said not one single case of the virus has been detected in the country; however, all cases of people with unclear fever symptoms are being analyzed to allow for its early detection.
He noted it is crucial to keep the transmitting agent under control to prevent it from spreading.
Cuba has carried out an intense campaign to reduce the presence of the mosquito, with a comprehensive anti-mosquito program for the state-run and residential sectors that involve institutions, grass-root organizations and the community.
It is necessary that all Cubans alike take on this campaign as it if were a personal affair, a problem that concerns us all, mainly because it entails great responsibility, starting with the family, he stressed.
Led by the Cuban Public Health Ministry, a strategy involving all Cubans has been conceived. “It will be a unique opportunity to clean up our cities and towns,” said Cuba’s Health Minister Roberto Morales in press round when announcing the national action plan.
The production and distribution of insecticide products against the mosquito are guaranteed, and the Hydraulic Institute will develop a comprehensive program to eliminate all water leaks, he said.
Cuba has no cases of zika, chikungunya or yellow fever; however, 55 of the country’s municipalities record high infestation levels of the mosquito that spreads those diseases. The accomplishment of these measures will enable the country to have a favorable health situation, the official noted.Share on FB Share on TT