After Hurricane Dorian , disease is next threat on shattered Bahamian island
As the insect population temporarily cleared when Dorian slammed into the islands on Sep 1 with top sustained winds of 298 kilometres per hour, water-borne and insect-borne diseases, including malaria and dengue fever, are fresh threats for those who remain or return to the island, the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) said in a report this week.
Disease outbreaks could further drive up the death toll of one of the most powerful Atlantic hurricanes on record, which currently stands at 50, but which Bahamian Prime Minister Hubert Minnis said he expects to significantly increase.
The health risks could be compounded on Abaco, where officials plan to erect two tent city relief centres to house about 4,000 people near Marsh Harbour, John Michael-Clark, co-chairman of the Bahamas' disaster relief and reconstruction committee, told reporters this week. That figure matches the number of people PAHO estimates remained on Abaco after the storm.
Many who evacuated Abaco to Nassau told Reuters this week they ultimately plan to return to the island to rebuild their homes and lives.
"Having safe sources of potable water and effective sanitation is key to keeping populations healthy in temporary housing conditions, along with making sure those shelters are structurally safe and not overcrowded, which can lead to the passing around of respiratory and gastrointestinal viruses."
The World Health Organisation earlier this week said the establishment of early warning systems would be critical to staving off sickness. It emphasised the need for short-term healthcare, water and sanitation improvement, disease monitoring, and widespread collection of health statistics on the most affected islands for at least the next six months.
"Every day, they're picking up bodies, who knows how many died?" said Izlaine Jean, 39, a housekeeper and private chef."We don't know if it's safe to live here ... we know we can't drink the water, so how can we survive?"Read more: CNA
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