20,000 bed nets to be given to pregnant women
Some 20,000 bed nets will be provided to pregnant women over the six months. Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton, in making the announcement in the House of Representatives yesterday, said all pregnant women who visit antenatal clinics would get the nets.
The announcement that the bed nets will be distributed comes amid an increase in the number of Zika virus cases on the island.
Tufton said that as of May 29, the ministry got 2,166 notifications for Zika, 1,519 of which were classified as suspected cases.
The minister said 21 persons have been confirmed to have contracted Zika, two of whom are pregnant women who will be continuously monitored.
Researchers have said that there is a link between Zika and microcephaly, which is an abnormal smallness of the head, a condition associated with incomplete brain development.
Some babies with microcephaly have been reported among mothers who were infected with Zika virus while pregnant.