The dengue cases in the Caribbean island of St Vincent and the Grenadines has surged to 124 while taking the lives of two people so far.
While addressing the general public, Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves stated that in the previous year (2020), massive cleanup of communities was urged and fogging was done to eliminate the spread of the Aedes aegypti mosquito.
“One death from dengue is one death too many, and in addition to the government addressing the issue through public health, citizens must also ensure their surroundings are clean,” the Prime Minister further added.
He then noted that the citizens must ensure that their surroundings are neat and clean if they want to get rid of dengue.
Prime Minister noted that the previous year witnessed seven deaths, while this year, two individuals have died. PM Gonsalves also highlighted the dengue cases of the last ten years, providing the following figures –
- In 2011 had 47 cases of dengue
- In 2012 had 248 cases of dengue
- In 2013 had 120 cases of dengue
- In 2014 had 11 cases of dengue
- In 2015 had 19 cases of dengue
- In 2016 had 16 cases of dengue
- In 2017- no report was provided
- In 2018 had 8 cases of dengue
- In 2019 had 3 cases of dengue
- In 2020 had 1,595 cases of dengue
- In 2021 thus far has 124 dengue cases
There is a huge decline in dengue cases as compared to the year of 2020 in the Caribbean island of – St Vincent and the Grenadines.
Dengue in the Caribbean region –
The Caribbean has been advised to contain the spread of dengue, as 2.7 million cases, of which the majority is of the children, have been recorded in the Caribbean, Latin America and North America thus far for 2020.