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Gastro concern in Guyana

CAROL MARTINDALE, [email protected]

Gastro concern in Guyana

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GEORGETOWN, Guyana  – Less than 24 hours after Barbados declared an alert following an increase in gastroenteritis on the island, health authorities in Guyana say they are monitoring reports of an outbreak of the infection of the lining of the digestive tract in the north west district that has so far resulted in the death of one person.
 “As we learnt a few days ago reports started to emerge of groups of people falling ill and certain actions undertaken…even the most well-oiled and efficiently functioning response, as has been mounted by the Ministry of Health, will need time to come to final conclusions but notwithstanding that certain concrete public health interventions have already been taken even before the media became aware of the situation,” said Health Minister Dr. Bheri Ramsaran.
He said Chief Medical Officer Dr Shamdeo Persaud has been instructed to look into the matter and that certain public health interventions have already been implemented in keeping with standard operational procedures.
Dr Persaud said that the reported cases are being observed through the surveillance information which is collected on a weekly basis and the reports indicate there have been increases from since the second week of January where at least one child died due to severe dehydration.
He said a post mortem was done and some samples taken both from the patient and water supply including the river and wells in the area.