Plan crafted to treat gastro outbreak in Baramita – Dr Shako

An action plan has been developed to treat the outbreak of gastroenteritis in the community of Baramita, Region One, GINA said yesterday.

Director of Regional Health Services (RHS) Dr Kay Shako told GINA that the plan was developed with help from residents of Baramita, Regional Authorities and the Ministry of Public Health.

“The situation remains a major concern for the region and continues to be kept under close watch,” Dr. Shako said.

She said that there was an increase of public education on hygiene, sanitation including hand washing, sealed pit latrines, adequate garbage disposal, safe drinkable water and frequent water testing.

“The outbreak of gastroenteritis in the community of Baramita in December 2015 attracted much public attention with mixed views. However, according to information divulged by the residents, Baramita was always plagued with Gastroenteritis, but the condition escalated,” the Director of Regional Health Services said.

“More attention from the region and health care authorities, government and non-governmental organisations as well as faith-based organisations needs to be directed to Baramita in the future, if a positive change is anticipated,” Dr Shako added.

Meanwhile, the Director said that “based on reports and checking done on Wednesday, there has so far been no reported cases (of gastroenteritis) in the City or at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC).

The table below shows the types of gastroenteritis cases in Baramita from the period of May 05-10th, 2016.

GINA said that the patients were from Barama Line, Return, Golden City and Log Hill.

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