Guyana intensifies measles and malaria surveillance

GEORGETOWN, Guyana (CMC) | Health officials in Guyana have treated over 360 Venezuelans who have crossed the border in recent weeks seeing medical help for malaria.

State Minister Joseph Harmon said the government was first made aware of the situation from health personnel in Region one and a decision was made to continue offering assistance to its neighbours. Meanwhile, the country has decided to intensify measles surveillance near the border with Venezuela, even as nationals of that neighbouring country continue to seek medical treatment for malaria.

According to Harmon, the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) has advised of increased cases of measles in Venezuela. As a result, he said Guyana has decided to step up measles surveillance and “adopt a high level of vaccination.”

Harmon said Venezuelans are asked to adhere to the protocol at the point of entry where they are required to provide identification along with the reason for the visit.

He also said the Venezuelans should only stay in Guyana for the time offered. Venezuelans are currently given special permission to enter Guyana for a limited period to seek medical attention.

Venezuela is now in the midst of a deepening political and economic crisis that has resulted in severe shortages of food and medicine.