Health Minister Dr. Clarice Modeste-Curwen has made an impassionate plea to Grenadians to exercise caution in their behaviour as Sexual Transmitted Diseases (STD) continue to increase on the island.
Addressing a post-Cabinet press briefing last week Tuesday, the senior government minister said that a total of 970 STD’s cases have been recorded for 2012 and that the number is alarming for a small population like Grenada.
According to minister Modeste-Curwen, this is a clear indication that Grenadians have become complacent with their sexual behaviour.
She said that her disclosure about the number of reported STD’s on the island is not an attempt to tell people how to live their lives but a mere reminder that they know how these diseases are transmitted and that they should protect themselves as complacency has consequences.
The female Cabinet Minister also indicated that Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) continues to increase in Grenada.
The latest report is that 21 new cases of the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) – the virus that causes the disease were recorded in 2012 and 15 actual cases of AIDS.
She reported that 10 persons died with AIDS in recent months on the island.
The Health Minister warned that the numbers being given can be misleading, as this was picked up from among those persons who sought to know their status and it is quite possible that many others in the society can be infected without knowing it.
Minister Modeste-Curwen is also concerned about those people who refuse to disclose their status and intentionally infect others.
She said that this is one of the areas that her ministry is looking at finding ways to deal with.
As is relates to H1N1, Dr. Modeste-Curwen, a medical doctor by profession, said that to date there has been no reported case of the disease but Grenada is awaiting some test results that have been sent out to the regional agency that does the testing.
However, cases of recorded dengue are of concern to the ministry as there have been 130-recorded cases between January to October 5.
According to the government minister, although the situation is of concern it has not reached epidemic levels.
She said that health officials have begun monitoring ports of entry and are considering fogging to get rid of mosquitoes.
The health minister is reminding the population to continue to practice good hygiene and wash hands thoroughly and frequently.