Minister Cummings, medical team head to Region 9 to deal with gastro outbreak

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Minister within the Ministry of Public Health, Dr. Karen Cummings and a team of medical officials are scheduled to visit Region Nine this weekend to check on reports of an outbreak of gastroenteritis, GINA said.

Minister within the Ministry of Public Health, Dr. Karen Cummings

They will join medical personnel who are already in Region Nine  and who, according to GINA, have managed to contain the gastro outbreak. They are scheduled to visit Aishalton, Awarewaunau and Shea villages

A team of doctors and environmental assistants along with an Infectious Disease Staff (IDS)  Nurse is in the Region to ascertain the cause of the outbreak in addition to treating those who have been affected.

The number of reported and diagnosed cases remains at 58.

Meanwhile, Toshaos along with Community Health Workers of the villages have been informing residents of best practices to prevent  further spread of the disease.

Stool samples have been taken from residents and sent to the Lethem Regional Hospital for tests. Data gathered will be used to help prevent future out breaks of this and other diseases in the hinterland region, according to GINA.

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