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Zika meetings head to St Ann

Published:Saturday | August 13, 2016 | 12:00 AM

The Ministry of Health will continue its drive to strengthen its community intervention as part of its phase-two response to Zika, with the next scheduled community meeting to take place Friday, August 19, at the Country Pride Supermarket parking lot in St Ann at 4 p.m.

The meetings, which began in July, are geared towards strengthening public education and achieving behaviour change with respect to the reduction of Aedes aegypti mosquito breeding sites in and around homes. They also stress the need for individual responsibility to reduce the impact of the Zika virus. The format includes a panel of technical experts from the Ministry of Health and regional health authorities that will facilitate discussion on Zika issues as well as respond to questions from residents.

Minister of Health Dr Christopher Tufton said, "These community meetings will provide updates on Zika and give residents the opportunity to get more clarification on any issue related to the virus as we move to reinforce the need for individual responsibility."

In light of the potential health risks associated with pregnancy and Zika, special emphasis will be placed on the importance of prevention of the infection in pregnant women.