(BVI News) The Virgin Islands is receiving assistance from the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) to build capacity to enhance vector control.
A press release by the Ministry of Health indicated that CARPHA’s Head of the Vector-Borne Disease Unit Dr Horace Cox, as well as its Monitoring and Evaluation Officer Maria Garcia Joseph, visited the territory to monitor and evaluate the implementation of integrated vector management activities.
Dr Cox spoke about the threat associated with vector-borne diseases, stating that vector-borne diseases are always a threat, especially in the Caribbean which is vulnerable to hurricanes and other natural disasters.
“The reality is if we were to have an outburst of the mosquito population it can prove to be problematic. It can affect tourists, it can deter them from coming, it can affect the economy and also, and most importantly, it can affect the health of the population. So when we consider these things it is important to have a robust programme that can respond to this ongoing threat,” Dr Cox said.