PAHO lends as­sis­tance in pro­to­col im­ple­men­ta­tion for Zika

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

The Min­istry of Health and Well­ness con­tin­ues to re­ceive as­sis­tance from the Pan Amer­i­can Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion (PAHO) to strengthen and im­ple­ment pro­to­cols in re­la­tion to Zika Virus and an­te­na­tal care. Med­i­cal Of­fi­cer of Health, Dr. Sharon Bel­mar-Ge­orge noted the im­por­tance of im­prov­ing the cur­rent pro­to­cols par­tic­u­larly as Zika Virus has been as­so­ci­ated with neu­ro­log­i­cal de­fects, such as mi­cro­cephaly, in new­borns. “This has in­di­cated to us that now we have to work in terms of our ex­ist­ing pro­to­cols for an­te­na­tal care, that is the care of the preg­nant woman and also in terms of us mon­i­tor­ing ba­bies born from moth­ers who are sus­pected or con­firmed with the Zika Virus Dis­ease.” Dr. Ge­orge said.

The PAHO one day work­shop brought to­gether, Pae­di­a­tri­cians, Ob­ste­tri­cians, Fam­ily Nurse Prac­ti­tion­ers, along­side other health pro­fes­sion­als to dis­cuss and com­pare guide­lines from the Caribbean and the World Health Or­gan­i­sa­tion in an ef­fort to im­prove early di­ag­no­sis of preg­nant moth­ers in­fected with the Zika Virus and im­prove the mon­i­tor­ing of ba­bies who may have been af­fected with the dis­ease.

“Presently we are mon­i­tor­ing women who have been sus­pected and con­firmed with the viral dis­ease dur­ing preg­nancy. We have al­ready had at least 30 moth­ers who have de­liv­ered ba­bies. Thank­fully so far we do not have any ba­bies born who we sus­pect were af­fected by the Zika Virus.”

Dr. Ge­orge added that in­creases in mi­cro­cephaly have been noted in the region and the rest of the world thus St. Lu­cia she says will con­tinue to mon­i­tor ba­bies born to moth­ers sus­pected or con­firmed with the Zika Virus.

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