The Pan American Health Organisation’s (PAHO) continues to demonstrate its support for the recovery of the health sector in the British Virgin Islands following the devastating impact of Hurricanes Irma and Maria.
PAHO’s Area on Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Relief this week donated two vehicles as part of its pledge of $1M to support the Ministry of Health and Social Development.
A public/private partnership has been established to chart the path towards mosquito eradication on Virgin Gorda.
The ‘Project Bug Out’ partnership is part of efforts to reduce the potential impact of the Zika Virus on the sister island. The project’s steering committee is comprised of community members from private, pubic and non-government sectors and will seek to ensure that all residents of Virgin Gorda and surrounding cays are aware of the immediate measures that they can take to support mosquito eradication.
The Ministry of Health and Social Development is advising residents that an alert has been issued for the Caribbean region as a result of cases of the mosquito-borne Zika virus that have occurred.
The alert was issued by the Pan American Health Organisation. The Zika virus is transmitted by the same Aedes Aegypti mosquito that is also the insect vector for Dengue and Chikungunya and the symptoms are also very similar. It is also suspected to carry the risk of microcephaly which causes smaller than expected head sizes to occur in infants of affected mothers.
The Ministry of Health and Social Development is continuing its efforts to ensure that the number of cases of Chickungunya in the Territory remain low.
Since the disease was first reported in the Caribbean last December, the BVI has recorded 30 cases. Figures released by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) at the end of August revealed more than 650,000 suspected cases of Chikungunya and close to 8,000 confirmed cases. The PAHO figures also reveal that the death toll in the Caribbean is now at 37, with most deaths reported in Martinique.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has officially declared an Influenza A H1N1 Pandemic today. It is the first global flu epidemic in 41 years as infections in the United States, Europe, Australia, South America and elsewhere climbed to nearly 30,000 cases.
The pandemic announcement is scientific confirmation that a new flu virus has emerged and is quickly circling the globe.
17th October 2008, 1300hrs/1:00 p.m.: A debriefing meeting was held among the Emergency Operations Group to provide an overview of the damage and to receive status reports by the agencies in attendance.
Source: PHIVOLCS, PDCC Albay, OCDRC V, DSWD
I. Situation Overview
Seismic activity and gas output at Mayon (13.2576°N, 123.6856°E) over the past 24-hours declined anomalously. The number of volcanic quakes decreased from the previous 109 to only 21 events since yesterday morning.
About 294 brief episodes of tremor were generated as hot lava blocks tubled from the accumulating lava deposits upslope in the general directions facing Mabinit and Bonga.
ALERT LEVEL 4 is still in effect indicating a very high probability of a hazardous explosive eruption.
Department of Disaster Management press notice #7
At 2:00 p.m. the eye of Hurricane Ivan was located near latitude 20.9 North and longitude 84.7 West or about 70 miles SSE of the western tip of Cuba.
Ivan is moving towards the NW near 8mph and this general motion is expected to continue for the next 24 hours. Maximum sustained winds are near 160 mph with higher gusts. Some fluctuations in strength are expected during the next 24 hours. Hurricane force winds extend outward up to 105 miles from the center and tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 205 miles.