CARICOM Member States Mindful Of Another Swine Flu Threat
Although there is currently no outbreak of the H1N1
virus commonly known as swine flu in the Caribbean,
Health officials are still looking at ways in which they can
come up with a proactive approach, to address the
problem if there is to be another outbreak.
It is behind this backdrop that a number of Health officials
Drawn from the various CARICOM member states
are currently meeting in Guyana.
It is expected that after their two day deliberations, the region
will be in a better position to develop the capacity and capabilities
in surveillance and diagnosis of the virus.
Making brief remarks at the opening of the meeting,
FAO representative (GUY) Dr.Lystra Fletcher Paul said
that member states constantly need to be vigilant about
the H1N1 virus especially since if there is constant human/animal interface.
Pointing to the region’s response to an outbreak of H1N1 back
in 2009, Program manager for Agriculture and Industry
at the CARICOM secretariat Sergio Garcia said that part of the
region’s problem is to effectively coordinate and manage emergencies.
Several Caribbean countries reported cases of swine flu
following the outbreak two years ago. In Guyana there were
no confirmed cases, but several measures were put in place
to prevent the spread of the virus.