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Havana Consensus Leads to Action Against Arboviruses: OPS

OPSThe representative of the Paho/WHO in Cuba, Cristian Morales, explained here today that once defined the route map for a strategy to control arboviruses we can pass on to action against these illnesses.

The period of reflection passed, now with this regional meeting that laid out the action in the Havana Consensus we shared experiences and identified a series of inputs to form this route map, said Morales in statements to Prensa Latina.

The official of the Panamerican Health Organization (Paho) highlighted that the strategy is aimed at implementing actions, prevent and handle the arboviruses in an integrated manner, make a differentiated and clinical diagnosis to achieve a more general vision of the illnesses transmitted by the Aedes aegypti mosquito.

In this way, he stressed, we can treat dengue, chikungunya, yellow fever and zika in a common way, we can reinforce the labs network, strengthen and evaluate our capacities to handle the vector.

He then considered vital to achieve these directives, mobilize the financial resources and above all, the political will. This is what will move everything so that every country can implement these actions identified by the scientists.

The First Regional Meeting for the strategy of surveillance and control of the arboviruses was held on Thursday and Friday at the Hotel Nacional of the Cuban capital, attended by over 200 delegates of 30 countries, including four ministers of Health of the region, among them, Barbados and the Health and Human Rights Secretary of the United States.

For Morales, it was a successful event, in which all objectives were achieved. The director of the entity, Carissa Etienne was also present.

(Prensa Latina)

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