Health Minister: Two children diagnosed with neuro dengue
Health Minister Dr Fuad Khan says two children have been diagnosed with neuro dengue at the Paediatric Emergency Department, Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex, Mt Hope. Dengue is spread by the Aedes Egypti mosquito.
Neuro dengue is characterised by high fevers and fits. He also said since “there was no vaccine to fight dengue” it was essential to keep one’s surroundings clean. Meanwhile, Khan gave the public the assurance children were not affected by H1N1 (Swine Flu) and at the “end of the day it was under control”.
Khan was speaking at the launch of the World Congress of Surgery, Obstetrics, Trauma and Anaesthesia at Hyatt Regency Hotel, Wrightson Road, Port of Spain, yesterday.
In a telephone interview yesterday, Khan said: “Two children have gotten the dengue. But we have the swine flu (H1N1) under control.”
During the conference break, Khan said: “Swabs were taken from about 300 children. At the end of the day no H1N1. Normal (respiratory) viruses. But people should not panic at that level. We are finding an increase in neuro dengue. Children are coming in and they are going into fits. We are working on that aspect of it. When the neurological system is irritated, you can get fits.”
Khan added, “Dengue causes high fever. Don’t use aspirin. You can use paracetamol type drugs. Cold showers and keep the temperature down.”
Asked about the probability of a child dying from the neuro dengue fever, he said, “Not great. But at least you will want to keep it (figure) down. The adults are not as susceptible as the children.”
On the issue of personal cleanliness, Khan said, “It is about clearing the surroundings. We will be asking the Insect Vector control people to spray inside people’s houses. Cover your area and utensils for about 24 hours. Move the stagnant water. The mosquito breeds around the house. And it has flying span of 20 metres.”
Asked about robotic surgery, Khan said he will be approaching Cabinet to purchase a robot for about $6 million.
“That is where the future is going. Robotic surgery is like a virtual reality. You get proper degrees of freedom and greater penetration. I should have done it already. Hopefully after the election.”