Posted in Issue 95 April 2004 Member Countries
A significant part of the Dominican Republic, particularly the north and northwest of the country, was seriously affected by intense rains that produced heavy flooding. This led to an increase in the incidence of diseases such as dengue, malaria, and the emergence of cases of leptospirosis and called for epidemiological surveillance in the affected areas. A project was initiated to strengthen current surveillance systems and institute entomological surveillance, vector control and health promotion in the flood zone.
The timely participation of a multisectoral team helped control the situation quickly, averting what could have been a difficult and complex situation in a country with vital ties to the tourism sector, which would have seriously compromised were it not for the fast recovery actions.
he epidemiological surveillance activities yielded important lessons: an appreciation of the activities implemented for disease control and monitoring and vector control and the importance of working through community education to control endemic health problems.