Mosquito fumigation (Getty)

The St. Elizabeth Health Department is ramping up efforts to prevent and control the spread of dengue fever across the parish.

Addressing a recent St. Elizabeth Municipal Corporation’s monthly meeting in Black River Medical Officer of Health, St. Elizabeth Health Department, Dr. Tonia Dawkins-Beharie, indicated that currently the parish’s Aedes aegypti mosquito index stands at 12 per cent, a 0.5 percentage point increase over the previous month’s figure.

She shared important insights into the situation and the proactive measures being taken to combat the public health threat.

She said the Health Department is in the process of re-engaging temporary vector-control worker to check for and destroy mosquito breeding sites as well as educate members of the community.

She maintained that dengue prevention is a collective responsibility and urges all persons to regularly empty or cover water storage drums and containers.

Additionally, the medical officer said cooking oil can be added to stagnant water in and around the home to prevent mosquito breeding.

The medical officer advised against using painkillers containing aspirin or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), noting that these can worsen the symptoms causing, among other things, adverse bleeding. She recommends that paracetamol be used instead for pain relief.