East Coast health centres seeing fewer chikungunya cases

The number of chikungunya cases are decreasing across the East Coast Demerara, as health centres continue to see fewer patients with the symptoms.

The Beterverwagting and the Industry health centres have recorded a drop in the number of the cases, authorities at the centres told Stabroek News yesterday.

The source at the Beterverwagting Health Centre stated that they were seeing at least one person a week at the centre.

At the Industry Health Centre, a source said most of their cases were “check-up patients”, those who had been diagnosed earlier and had returned for a check-up.

Stabroek News had spoken briefly to the Director of the Vector Control Services Dr Reyaud Rahman recently, and he had indicated that the unit was seeing a reduction in the incident rate.

Meanwhile, according to the Caribbean Public Health Agency, there are 19,837 confirmed or probable cases of chikungunya reported in the region.

Of these, CARPHA stated, 4,024 cases were reported from all 24 CARPHA member states, representing a less than 1% increase from the number of confirmed cases reported in a previous report.

A total of 15,813 confirmed cases were reported from 11 other countries in the Caribbean region and 152 deaths to date.

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