Bhutanese athletes briefed on Zika virus pre-Rio 2016
Zika virus has become a bigger story than the Summer Olympics with athletes and media members dropping out
With Zika virus becoming a public health emergency, and Brazil its ground zero, Bhutanese athletes have been briefed on the virus before they leave for the Summer Olympics 2016, to be held in Rio, Brazil next week.
The Bhutanese participants and delegation were briefed this week on how to prevent Zika virus infection. The Director of Department of Public Health led the briefing.
Most of the athletes around the world who are participating in the Olympics this year were briefed on the Zika virus.
The team was not only briefed on Zika virus but they were also sensitized on the importance of hand washing and other hygienic practices to prevent themselves from diseases like Ebola, Avian influenza and MERS-COV as many nationalities will gather for the Olympic meet.
The team was also shown a demo on the correct and consistent use of condom, an important tool to prevent Zika infection and STIs.
The Bhutanese delegation will be led by His Majesty’s Representative and President of Bhutan, His Royal Highness Prince Jigyel Ugyen Wangchuck. The delegation also includes the Secretary General of Bhutan Olympics Committee (BOC), Chef De Mission, two coaches and two athletes.
Bhutan will be participating in Archery and Shooting at the summer Olympics.
The Assistant Program Officer for Sports Research and Development Division, BOC, Jigme Thinley, said that archery athletes from Bhutan Archery Federation, Karma, will be the flag bearer.
Jigme Thinley said that the briefing given by the health ministry was informative and the team will try to adhere to it.
The World Health Organization (WHO) this week released health advices for travelers to the Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games to be held in Brazil.
According to the WHO, the Zika virus symptoms include mild fever, skin rash, conjunctivitis, muscle and joint pain, and headaches.
The WHO advices travelers about health risks in the areas they plan to visit and related preventive practices and measures to minimize the probability of acquiring diseases and of having accidents.
The WHO released a set of recommendations intended to advice national health authorities and health care providers about practices and measures for travelers visiting Brazil to stay safe and healthy.
The XXXI Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games Rio de Janeiro 2016, Brazil, will take place from 5 to 21 August 2016 and from 7 to 18 September 2016 respectively. Five additional cities will be hosting matches of the Olympic football tournament - Belo Horizonte, Brasilia, Manaus, Salvador, and São Paulo
More than 10,500 athletes from 206 National Olympic Committees (NOCs), including first time entrants Kosovo and South Sudan, are scheduled to take par upcoming event.
Over 200 doctors and at least one US senator have petitioned WHO to move or postpone the games, but for now - despite the mounting fears the show will go on.