The Ministry of Health says it has noted that certain individuals have circulated reports on social media indicating that conjunctivitis (‘red eye’) can be treated with aerosolised insecticides.
The Ministry is advising that there is no scientific merit to this claim.
The Ministry said that as such, these products should be used according to the directions of the manufacturer.
It says it must be noted that the use of pesticides inconsistent with that of the manufacturer’s direction is a breach of the Pesticides and Toxic Chemicals Act 1979 and Regulations 1987.
The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) says it is exploring the use of mobile technology in its fight against mosquito-borne diseases.
The agency, in collaboration with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), recently pilot tested an app developed to replace traditional paper-based vector collection tools used in the field.
The app uses modern technology, such as satellite imagery and Global Positioning System (GPS) to indicate the location of breeding sites of the Aedes aegypti mosquitoes in communities.
The Ministry of Health is commending staff who responded to those injured after an American Airlines airlines flight experienced severe turbulence last night and also those who responded to the gas leak at Atlantic LNG.
The Ministry has confirmed that two of the three people treated at hospital as a result of the situation at the airport have been discharged while one remains warded.
"The Ministry of Health commends the dedication of members of staff who responded to two separate emergency events, in South and East Trinidad, on Tuesday, August 2, 2017.