MOH providing psychosocial support to pregnant women exposed to Zika

The Ministry of Health, Wellness, and the Environment says it is providing psychosocial support to pregnant women who may have been exposed to the Zika virus and monitors them regularly.

Additionally, the Ministry is providing medicated mosquito nets to all pregnant women who are registered at our antenatal clinics.

Last month a pregnant woman was diagnosed among an additional 20 persons here who tested positive for Zika, the mosquito-borne illness that has been linked to microcephaly-a birth defect where a baby is born with an underdeveloped head and brain.

The Ministry of Health emphasizes the importance of everyone, not just pregnant women, using insect repellants and wearing long sleeve shirts and long skirts or pants to avoid being bitten by the Aedes Aegypti mosquito, the vector which carries Zika, Chikungunya and Dengue Fever.

Everyone is also again being urged to get rid of all mosquito breeding sites in their homes, yards and workplaces, by securely covering or turning over any containers holding water, placing fine mesh over the vents of septic tanks and clearing gutters and spouting.

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