Dominicans can be sure that the Ministry Of Health is being proactive in defending the island against any cholera outbreaks.
Although there are no indications of cholera on the island, outbreaks have been confirmed in both Haiti and Cuba.
Health Minister, Hon. Julius Timothy has reassured Dominicans that a robust defence strategy is already in place.
“We are prepared as far as cholera is concerned. The major thing is the IV fluids and we already have a 40ft container filled with those fluids and doctors have been trained to identify and treat cholera.”
Cholera is an acute infection of the small intestine resulting in profuse, watery diarrhoea, vomiting, and dehydration. Infection always occurs by ingesting food or water that has been contaminated with the bacterium.
The Health Minister said that there is doubt that cholera would prove any serious threat on the island if it is confirmed here since the bacterium mostly lives in stagnant water.
“Fortunately for us here in Dominica, we don’t have stagnant water, our water is running swiftly to the seas so even if the disease does arrive here, we do not think it will be in any significant way but we are prepared just in case.”