Tuesday, February 23, 2016

2219. Raúl Castro: An Appeal to Our People to Prevent the Spread of Zika Virus

By Raúl Castro Ruz, Granma, February 22, 2016
Government fumigators prepare to spray homes for mosquitos in Havana Monday. Cuban President Raul Castro announced Monday that he is dispatching soldiers to help keep the Zika virus out of Cuba, calling on the entire country to help kill the mosquito that carries the disease. Photo: AP.
As is known by our people, the World Health Organization has warned of the rapid spreading of the Zika virus, affecting 32 countries on our continent, and has declared an international health emergency.
Although scientific evidence has not demonstrated that a Zika virus infection during pregnancy causes microcephaly, in all cases reported in affected countries, a strong link with an increase in this birth defect, yes, has been found.
The disease is spread by mosquitoes from the genus Aedes. There is currently no vaccine or treatment for the illness, therefore the best way to prevent it is to eliminate or reduce the vector’s presence, and protect ourselves from these insect bites.
To date, no cases have been detected in our country, although all cases of non-specific fever symptoms are being monitored and studied to identify the presence of the virus early on, and international sanitary controls are being intensified. If anyone with the virus is found, all conditions are in place to provide qualified medical assistance.
Cuba has undertaken intense efforts to reduce the vector’s presence, with the objective of maintaining its presence at levels which do not represent a danger.
Nevertheless, factors related to inadequate technical quality of anti-vectoral work, poor environmental sanitation, and adverse weather conditions have contributed to the risk of diseases spreading.
Given this situation, the Party and government leadership have adopted a plan of action, under the direction of the Ministry of Public Health, to confront the Zika virus, and consequently dengue and Chikungunya, as well.
Once again, the true leadership of the struggle against the threat of an epidemic is the responsibility of our entire people, since their conscious participation is indispensable if this important and necessary task is to be successful.
Urgently needed are intensive sanitation programs in workplaces, residential areas, and inside homes themselves, with the active collaboration of community bodies and grassroots organizations.
It is imperative that every Cuban man and woman assume this battle as a personal issue, a worrisome problem, given above all the responsibility it implies for their families.
As part of the approved action plan, the Revolutionary Armed Forces is assigning more than 9,000 troops, including permanent and reserve officers, as well as technical equipment to reinforce anti-vectoral and sanitation efforts, with the additional support of 200 Revolutionary National Police officers.
At this time, it is imperative that all citizens and entities strictly comply with sanitation norms and measures adopted to guarantee anti-vectoral efforts, to avoid contributing to the spreading of epidemics, or other behaviors which promote or constitute a threat to public health.
Following this intensive stage, a plan must be implemented which is sustainable over time, that does not become just another campaign, to guarantee that levels of infestation are minimal.
As has been the case on other occasions, our people will be able to show their capacity for organization, to maintain the levels of health reached by the Revolution, and thus avoid suffering for our families. More than ever before in similar efforts, it is imperative to be more disciplined and exacting.

Committees for the Defense of the Revolution ready to Confront Public Health Emergency


By Granma, February 23, 2016

HAVANA.— Committees for the Defense of the Revolution (CDR) across the country will undertake sanitation hearings and preventative measures February 26 through March 1, in response to President Raúl Castro’s call to energetically confront the current epidemiological situation.
To be distributed today in all provinces and municipalities is a document outlining measures to be adopted by Cuban families to combat Aedes mosquitoes and avoid epidemics, explained Teresa Ramírez Paz, who attends public health issues at the CDR national office.
Speaking to ACN, she reported that community leaders of CDR, the Federation of Cuban Women, and People’s Power bodies, as well as family doctors and nurses will receive training to prepare for the hearings.
Public health experts will participate in these meetings in locations facing serious mosquito infestations, she said.
Among steps to be taken by CDR are accompanying sanitation inspectors, supporting fumigation teams, and eliminating all possible mosquito breeding sites.
More than 30 countries in the Americas have reported cases of Dengue, Chikungunya and Zika; while Angola is currently experiencing a serious malaria outbreak. 

2 comments:

Mitchel Cohen said...

While improved sanitation, clean water, and removal of puddles (which serve as mosquito breeding sites) are always welcome, fumigation with dangerous pesticides is much more dangerous than the disease.

It is a mistake to combine the Zika virus with dengue fever. There has been no connection established between Zika and microcephaly. In the U.S. there are around 25,000 cases of microcephaly each year. NONE have tested positive for Zika virus. And in Colombia, there are many cases of Zika, but few cases of microcephaly.

So, the microcephaly outburst in Brazil is most likely caused by the pesticides being applied, the new TDaP vaccine mandated (unlike elsewhere) for pregnant women, or the release of genetically engineered mosquitoes -- NOT by a the Zika virus.

The way to deal with invasions of mosquitoes -- whether genetically engineered elements in a biowarfare destabilization effort or of a more natural kind -- is to use biological predators of those mosquitoes (dragonflies, bats, frogs, certain birds and fish), proper non-harmful larvaciding and elimination of standing water, and individual organic mosquito repellents (catnip and many other natural plants) -- NOT by falling for the pharmaceutical and agricultural industry's propaganda.

Mitchel Cohen
No Spray Coalition against pesticides
http://www.NoSpray.org

Jim West said...

A big red flag against "Zika virus" -- is the blatant avoidance of environmental investigations by the mainstream and its unsupported hype for Zika virus.

The mainstream claims a "link" of Zika virus with microcephaly. Actually it is the reverse, the data shows no link. Only 4% of microcephaly cases have been found positive for Zika virus.

The historical timeline doesn't fit either with microcephaly epidemics beginning in Brazil over a year before the symptoms of Zika were first noticed in Brazil.

"Virus" is a disinfo icon. Prior history as example:

http://harvoa.org/polio
http://harvoa.org/wnv
http://ThePerthGroup.com

The "people" need to be pro-environment.

Jim West
New York City
http://harvoa.org
NoSpray Coalition