Thursday 23 January, 2020

SWRHA: Two children die of suspected meningitis

The South-West Regional Health Authority (SWRHA) is seeking to advise members of the public that there are two suspected cases of meningitis behind the deaths of two children in south Trinidad.

According to the authority, however, meningitis has not yet been officially listed as the cause of death.

In a release issued on Monday, SWRHA extended its sincerest condolences to the families of the two children.

The authority said in keeping with its protocols, samples to test for meningitis were taken from the patients and sent to the Trinidad and Tobago Public Health Laboratory.

Due to the contagious nature of the disease, officials from the SWRHA and the Office of the County Medical Officer of Health for County Victoria, visited the children’s schools to ensure that the public health measures have been put in place and surveillance continues.  

The SWRHA continues to be on heightened alert and surveillance for suspected meningitis cases and has coordinated all its facilities to be fully prepared for any further presence of the disease in the South-West Region.

The symptoms of Meningitis include:

- Headache

- Neck stiffness

- Nausea and vomiting 

- Muscle pain

- Stomach cramps

- Intolerance to light

- Fever with chills and cold hands and feet

Precautions for Prevention

Personal hygiene practices are the main means of protecting yourself and your family, therefore members of the public can take simple precautions to prevent the spread of communicable diseases like meningitis.

- Cover your nose or mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze

- Throw the tissue in the trash after use and wash your hands with soap and water.

- If you don’t have a tissue sneeze into your sleeve or elbow

- Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water especially after coming in contact with any secretions

- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth

- Stay home when you are sick to avoid spread

For prolonged symptoms, please visit your nearest health facility. 

The authority said it remains committed taking all the precautions required to manage a contagious disease of this type and is committed to safeguarding the health of the population.

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