Published On: Mon, Jun 1st, 2015

Joint approach to infectious diseases within the Kingdom

ZikaWILLEMSTAD - The four countries of the Kingdom reached an agreement on Aruba on combating cross-border infectious diseases. The agreements also relate to the management and control of bacteriological, chemical and radiological incidents.

With this arrangement, all the countries of the Kingdom co-operate with each other in order to meet the requirements of the International Health Regulation (IHR) of the World Health Organization (WHO). The Dutch Minister Edith Schippers of Public Health and her colleagues made the announcement today at the National Health Conference in Oranjestad, Aruba.

This conference is organized at the request of the parliaments of the four countries. A complicating factor for an effective approach for these three countries is their size and scale, hence the need for cooperation.

The risk for each of these islands is tremendous, given the thousands of tourists who pour in daily from cruise ships and the growing movement of people and goods between the islands and their neighbors. The chance of an outbreak of a communicable disease is therefore significantly increased.

Such as dengue, chikungunya and different influenza types. Good facilities for care and treatment of patients with serious infectious diseases in ports, airports and hospitals are a crucial requirement of the IHR.

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