Published On: Wed, Nov 2nd, 2016

Measures against chikungunya came too late

chikungunya-7401WILLEMSTAD - At the end of July 2014, the month in which the first chikungunya case was confirmed, there were hardly any measures taken against the virus. This is evident from the report by the General Auditor Curaçao that was published recently.

The Auditors investigated following a request from parliament. “The measures against the chikungunya virus came too late, despite a multidisciplinary team which was appointed in 2012. This team has been involved in the fight against the chikungunya virus.”

According to the Auditors, there was a lack of necessary procedures to intervene in time to prevent an epidemic outbreak. This has more to do with the quantitative and qualitative understaffing of the department.

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