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

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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.

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