Health Ad­vi­sory for 2016 Car­ni­val Sea­son

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

Kid­die rev­ellers went all out to wow the au­di­ence with their per­for­mances dur­ing their own Ju­nior Car­ni­val at the Wil­liam Peter Boule­vard last Sun­day. Nine bands par­tic­i­pated: Just Us Kids, Roy­alty Kids, Just4Fun, De­lights, Storm, Mo­tion Stu­dios, In­som­miel, Gros Islet and Vieux Fort.

This was a great time for all ju­niors to shine, to jump and cre­ate fan­tas­tic me­mories. They were al­lowed to spend hours danc­ing in eye-catch­ing cos­tumes de­pict­ing themes in­clud­ing favourite Dis­ney char­ac­ters, candy and aquatic life. It was com­i­cal watch­ing them run up on stage, burst­ing a lit­tle freestyle dance move here and there! And which child wouldn't be happy with the wares of the ven­dors: toys and sweets?

What was at­ten­tion grab­bing was the way Just Us Kids had put so much ef­fort into their ap­pear­ance with metic­u­lously de­tailed cos­tumes. Their cho­sen theme was ‘Fancy

The Min­istry of Health and Well­ness is ad­vis­ing car­ni­val pa­trons and the gen­eral pub­lic to be safe and se­cure dur­ing this car­ni­val sea­son. The ad­vi­sory comes from Med­i­cal Of­fi­cer of Health, Dr. Sharon Bel­mar-Ge­orge. She cau­tions against ex­ces­sive drink­ing, ex­po­sure to the sun, un­safe sex­ual prac­tices and re­minds the pub­lic to use mos­quito re­pel­lent to pre­vent the spread of Zika, Dengue and Chikun­gunya viruses.

Dr. Bel­mar-Ge­orge urges per­sons who will be on the road for ex­tended pe­ri­ods of time to keep well hy­drated by drink­ing plenty of wa­ter. Young chil­dren should also be kept well hy­drated with wa­ter as op­posed to car­bon­ated drinks and kept out of the direct sun­light for long pe­ri­ods of time.

She en­cour­ages the use of sun­block to pro­tect the skin against pro­longed ex­po­sure to the sun.

The on­set of rainy sea­son Sailors: Catch of the Day' with band sec­tions por­tray­ing fishes of the sea: Blue Mar­lin, At­lantic Spear Fish, Tiger Shark, Red Snap­per, Pink But­ter­fish, Mack­erel, Starfish, Dol­phin, Pot brings with it an in­crease in vec­tor-borne dis­eases. "Dur­ing the car­ni­val time most peo­ple have a lot of skin ex­posed, so you're at risk to bites from the Aedes agypti mos­quito. A lot of the evening ac­tiv­i­ties are in out­door open-air fa­cil­i­ties so we are re­quest­ing as part of your car­ni­val pack to en­sure you have mos­quito and in­sect re­pel­lent avail­able and you ap­ply it reg­u­larly,” ad­vises Dr. Bel­marGe­orge.

Drink­ing and driv­ing is an­other ma­jor is­sue dur­ing the car­ni­val sea­son. The Med­i­cal Of­fi­cer said the Ac­ci­dent and Emer­gency De­part­ments of the hospi­tals see an in­crease in both mi­nor and ma­jor in­juries dur­ing this pe­riod.

"We are ask­ing per­sons please do not drink so that you are not vig­i­lant to be able to take the nec­es­sary pre­cau­tion­ary mea­sures. If you are go­ing to drink, do Fish and Jel­ly­fish.

Mo­tion Stu­dios also stood out with cos­tumes cap­tur­ing their theme of ‘Fairy­tale Won­der­land'.

On the other hand, so in mod­er­a­tion and not so ex­ces­sively that you don't end up be­ing a dan­ger to your­self and to other per­sons. We are also ask­ing per­sons to look out for your friends. If you no­tice your friend is drink­ing ex­ces­sively in­di­cate that you will drive them home."

Dr. Bel­mar-Ge­orge also noted an in­crease in sex­u­ally trans­mit­ted dis­eases dur­ing the car­ni­val sea­son and ad­vises against un­safe sex­ual habits and prac­tices. "We want per­sons to have fun but also to keep healthy. We make condoms avail­able at our health­care fa­cil­i­ties and we know that most of the car­ni­val bands pro­vide condoms as part of the car­ni­val pack. So keep your­self safe, keep your fam­ily safe as well dur­ing this sea­son. We wish peo­ple a safe car­ni­val but please take the nec­es­sary pre­cau­tions to re­duce the pos­si­ble im­pact on your health after the car­ni­val sea­son." some­thing that was not im­pres­sive was how some of the young ones, in­clud­ing those no older than the age of five, were danc­ing in­ap­pro­pri­ately: whin­ing to the ground and on each other, “twerk­ing” and stick­ing their lit­tle pos­te­ri­ors up in the air. This is Saint Lu­cia so, of course, there were adults cheer­ing them on but I, for one, do not be­lieve that this is how a child should dance. Then again, they were just copy­ing what they reg­u­larly see all around them.

Be­fore the prize-giv­ing there were live per­for­mances by one of the is­land's fa­vorite pro­fes­sional mu­si­cians, Ted­dyson John, fol­lowed by sev­eral young, as­pir­ing soca/ ca­lypso artists.

After wins in 2008 and ev­ery year from 2011 to 2015, Just Us Kids were jus­ti­fied in walk­ing away with the ti­tle ‘Band of the Year' for the sev­enth time.

Fi­nal re­sults for the Ju­nior Car­ni­val: In­di­vid­ual's cat­e­gory: third place - Nya Gus­tave (Just Us Kids) por­tray­ing Red Snap­per; sec­ond place - Vi­vian Calderon (Just Us Kids) por­tray­ing Speared Fish; first place - Amelia Charl­magne (Just Us Kids) por­tray­ing Star Fish.

Ju­nior King of the Band Cat­e­gory: third place - Jessie Corniburt (Just Us Kids) por­tray­ing Some­thing Fishy; sec­ond place - Jarol St Omer (Just4Fun) por­tray­ing Sav­age In­dian King; first place - Li­marni Lewis (Just Us Kids) por­tray­ing Fish for Sale.

Ju­nior Queen of the Band: third place – Kioni Aku­foo (Just Us Kids) por­tray­ing Dol­phins; sec­ond place - Zan­nik Man­gal (Storm) por­tray­ing Queen of Jab Jab; first place - Nyla Alexan­der (Just Us Kids) por­tray­ing Pot Fish.

Band of the Year: third place with 299 points – ‘Sav­age' by Just4Fun Kids; sec­ond place with 344 points – ‘Fairy­tale Won­der­land' by Mo­tion Stu­dios Kid­dies Car­ni­val; first place with 415 points – ‘Fancy Sailors: Catch of the Day” by Just Us Kids.

Happy young­sters giv­ing their all for Just Us Kids.

Con­cen­trat­ing hard on her role as mini am­bass­dor for Just Us Kids.

Dis­ney Princesses and en­tourage parad­ing on stage.

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