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Health Minister says have no fear

by | Oct 21, 2014

Dr Fuad KhanNumerous citizens are having to deal with the effects of the Chikungunya Virus.

The virus is transmitted by mosquitoes.

The most common symptoms of Chikungunya Virus Infection are fever and joint pain.

There is no specific antiviral drug treatment for Chikungunya, and there is no commercial chikungunya vaccine, so treatment is centered around relieving the symptoms.

There have been complaints that there is a shortage of the drug Panadine at Pharmacies in Trinidad which is used to treat patients with ChickV.

Minister of Health Dr. Fuad Khan has disclosed that the Health Ministry is aware of this but those seeking the drug need not worry too much.

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He also commented on the Multi Sectoral meeting on Ebola that took place yesterday.

The minister said measures have been implemented to ensure that Trinidad and Tobago is in a position to deal with the virus should it reach our shores.

The Health Minister revealed that there is a process to be followed to acquire the correct equipment which includes Infrared Thermometers, the Hasmatt suits and the containment vessels.

He disclosed that acquisition of the equipment is progressing very well.

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The Health Minister further revealed that Trinidad and Tobago is in a good position to deal with the virus should the virus present itself here.

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