The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL - By Pat Headley

Like most peo­ple liv­ing in Saint Lu­cia we all dread get­ting ei­ther dengue or chikun­gunya. At the be­gin­ning of the out­break of chikun­gunya my phar­ma­cist rec­om­mended I use ODOMOS. It is a highly rec­om­mended re­pel­lent for the mos­qui­toes that carry the dengue and chikun­gunya virus. I have been us­ing it now for nearly three months. So far it has worked! I also "googled" it and found that it is one of the best pre­ven­ta­tive oint­ments on the mar­ket. This week I rang two phar­ma­cies to buy more. Un­for­tu­nately, it ap­pears they are all sold out. I went fur­ther to de­ter­mine when it would be avail­able. I was shocked to find it is in­deed here on is­land but that the depart­ment of Cus­toms and Ex­cise will not let it be cleared. The rea­son, I am told, is be­cause they need a spe­cial li­cence from the Min­istry of Health. This is be­cause they are deem­ing it a pes­ti­cide. ODOMOS con­tains only twelve per­cent deet (the chem­i­cal found in pes­ti­cides).

ODOMOS is also highly rec­om­mended for chil­dren and in In­dia, where there is a high in­ci­dence of dengue, it is the re­pel­lent of choice. In the mean­time more and more peo­ple are be­ing af­fected here by chikun­gunya. This could also im­pact our tourist trade if vis­i­tors con­tract it here and then go back to spread the news that we are not a safe place to va­ca­tion. Should we not be do­ing ev­ery­thing we can to pro­tect our­selves from this nasty af­flic­tion?

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