Chikunguna Telephone Hotline Activated

The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM), through a joint effort with the Ministry of Health, has put in effect a toll-free telephone hotline to receive calls from persons who may be experiencing Chik-V-like symptoms.

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An ODPEM release this morning has advised that the number to call is 1-888-225-5637. You can also call 754-9077 or 754-9078. (Not Toll-Free)

The hotline is not an emergency number ODPEM said, rather, it is for monitoring and reporting suspected Chik-V cases and the identification of mosquito breeding sites.

Meanwhile, ODPEM is urging members of the public to cover all drums, tanks, barrels, and buckets that are used to store water; punch holes in the bottom of tins before placing them in the garbage; and to visit their doctor or nearest health centre if they think they might have Chikungunya.

Be sure to take suggested or prescribed medication and remain home for three to five days or until the symptoms leaves for at least two days ODPEM said.‏

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