In response to the recent Dengue outbreak, the Ministry of Health and Wellness, MOHW, is taking comprehensive measures to address the situation. The outbreak has predominantly affected children, with a significant number of the 565 presumed, and confirmed cases falling within this age group. To support minors during this challenging time, the Ministry has implemented a crucial initiative.

Effective Monday, October 2, children who are diagnosed with or experiencing Dengue symptoms will receive medical services at the University Hospital of the West Indies without incurring any charges. This decision was announced in light of the Dengue outbreak report issued by the Ministry of Health and Wellness on September 23, 2023. Speaking at a post-cabinet briefing on September 27, Dr. Naydene Williams, Director of Health Service Planning at the Ministry of Health and Wellness, emphasized that the majority of Dengue cases involve children aged between five and fourteen years. She also reported that the country has surpassed its Dengue epidemic threshold for the months of July and August, and there is a concerning trend indicating that the same may occur in September.

Dr. Williams urged the public to remain vigilant, as Dengue symptoms may include fever, headache, pain behind the eyes, vomiting, and diarrhea. She stressed the importance of rest and adequate hydration, as these measures often help alleviate the illness. Additionally, she recommended using paracetamol or acetaminophen to manage pain. However, Dr. Williams issued a warning that certain medications, if taken, could exacerbate the severity of the illness. Watch the report:

Reporter: Celine Campbell

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