The European Union Ambassador to the Caribbean, Her Excellency (HE) Paola Amadei was on a working visit to Ambergris Caye. Her stop on the island is part of her one week working tour in Belize, where she is visiting dengue and malaria hotspots within the country. During her visit to the island, Amadei met with Mayor of San Pedro Town Daniel Guerrero and the Administration of the Dr. Otto Rodriguez San Pedro PolyClinic II.

Speaking to The San Pedro Sun, HE Amadei explained that in December 2013, the EU donated 750,000 Euros ($2,055,150.00) to the Government of Belize to help in the fight against water-borne diseases in the country. "The purpose of my visit is to get sensitized about the situation in regard to the program of prevention and control of water-borne disease such as dengue and malaria. The visit is within the scope of a two-year project financed by the European Union, which is working together with the Ministry of Health in Belize and through the Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO) to help in the regional fight against these vector-borne diseases.We have a commitment to work along with our Caribbean partners and we find ways where we can improve the health sectors in the region."

"The project will run up until 2015, and it is aimed to increasing resources such as vehicles and foggers, while strengthening the technical staff to better respond to these spontaneous outbreaks. Another aspect is to increase the national campaign to educate people on ways to protect themselves from dengue and malaria, and even now, the chikungunya disease that has been introduced and is present in 15 islands in the Caribbean. It is important for the general citizenry to be a part of the preventative initiative of these water-borne diseases. Simple things can help prevent these diseases, but our citizenry need to be educated in ways they can play a role."

After a meeting with officials from the local public health facility and the members of the San Pedro Town Council, the team of about 10 toured some of the hotspots and vulnerable breeding sites for water-borne diseases on Ambergris Caye, which included San Mateo, Boca del Rio and San Pedrito.

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