Dengue in Guam since 1988: 41, Dengue in Palau since 2018: 516

While there have been 516 cases of Dengue from December 2018 to August 18th, 2019 in Palau, press release by Guam’s Department of Public Health and Social Services pointed out that in last 31 years (1988-2018) Guam has just had  41 cases of Dengue fever and has called recent two cases of Dengue in Guam as “imported dengue” assuring its citizens that any additional suspected or confirmed dengue fever cases this year will mostly be arrivals from Philippines and other island states in Micronesia giving an example of FSM, Marshal Island and Palau.

As per Guam Post report, Guam has had two cases of “imported dengue” this year and one of them is from Palau, another from Yap.

The last report on dengue cases in Palau by Ministry of Health was for the cases recorded between August 12-18 and the total cases until now is 516 and one death due to dengue fever. MOH along with Koror State Government conducted several town hall meetings last month in an attempt to teach the residents how to prevent themselves from dengue. Apart from the meetings, KSG also held several community clean-ups in different locations.

The Palau Visitors Authority has issued a notice regarding the Dengue Outbreak to establishments providing different services to the tourists.

PVA notice reminds all their partners in tourism industry that number Dengue Fever cases in the past months have been growing and requests for their help in combating the problem by taking precautionary and proactive measures by educating their staff and guests to ensure the visitor safety.

“We hope you understand the great importance in this matter and ask that you work with us and the Ministry of Health to collectively contribute towards a Dengue-Free Palau,” PVA’s letter reads.

President Remengesau signed a proclamation last month declaring September 13 as Micronesia cleanup day, this is as per agreement in the 24th Micronesian Forum held in the month of July between leaders of Palau, Marshal Islands, Federated States of Micronesia and its states of Chuuk, Kosrae, Pohnpei and Yap, the Northern Mariana Islands, and Guam.

The President has ordered ministries of the national government to participate in Micronesia Cleanup Day and has encouraged the legislative and judicial Branches of the National Government, the state government, civil society organizations, private sector, diplomatic embassies to join in Micronesia Cleanup Day by dedicating September 13 to cleaning up the island. (By Eshan Kalyanikar)