Young Faces in an Emergency

More than 9,000 students from the University of Medical Sciences in Havana have joined the intensive campaign which is taking place for the confrontation and prevention of diseases transmitted by Aedes genus mosquitoes 

By: Yuniel Labacena Romero


2016-03-15 | 14:20:47 EST
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More than 9,000 students from the University of Medical Sciences in Havana have joined, since Monday, a full-time intensive campaign developed for the confrontation and prevention of diseases transmitted by mosquitoes of the genus Aedes, and carrying out at the same time a promotional educational message and health education to the homes of the capital.

According Anibal Alejandro Barredo Acosta, a member of the National Secretariat of the University Students Federation (FEU) -an organization that together with the Ministry of Public Health and the Union of Young Communists (UJC) is assuming this initiative-, the students also perform focal destruction in homes identifying febrile cases and prophylactic work.

He said that since last week these students, who work in pairs and in all the municipalities, received intensive training with their teachers, essential to perform, with quality, the procedures provided and ensure the sustainability of results that the country is to reach with the actions designed.

Ronald Hidalgo Rivera, member of the National Bureau of the UJC, said that since Monday the student engagement with the assigned mission was evident, not only those from the FEU, but the 1,200 members of the Federation of Secondary Education Students also participating in the vector campaign, which confirms the support of the new generations in the country's priorities.

He said that this initiative is designed as part of the academic curriculum of the student and is counted as an optional course in environmental control of communicable diseases by Aedes genus mosquitoes. "Girls and boys involved in this work do not supplant the mobilized forces in the campaign, but are a complementary element in the task that has been developed to date," he said.

Participants in this academic strategy have folding health promotional material to deliver in homes, working tools for screening and detecting foci of Aedes, and to put in water tanks and other places. According to the results of this experience in the capital, it will be extended to other universities of Medical Sciences.

Finally, both youth leaders considered the need for learners to undertake this procedure, which will take place this week, with a great sense of belonging, not only to develop the remedial work assigned, but the promotion and prevention, much needed in communities, and insist on the family’s participation in the regional health emergency.

Translated by ESTI

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