CARPHA has joined the support and relief efforts that are being coordinated by the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) who activated the regional response mechanism and deployed multisectoral rapid response teams.
CARPHA will continue to provide technical support in the area of public health. To prevent the spread of disease surveillance and epidemiological response has been initiated. Technical assistance for environmental health and food and water safety will also be provided.
CARPHA will develop and share messages on personal protection and safety measures during volcanic eruptions, as well as vaccination messages to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
CARPHA remains committed to Healthy People, Healthy Spaces and a Healthy Caribbean.
Protect your skin as minerals in volcanic ash can be abrasive and cause serious irritation.
Falling volcanic ash and debris reduce visibility making it difficult to see roadways, markings and obstacles when driving. Fallen ash also creates thin layers on the roads, reducing traction.
Wash food and vegetables thoroughly before using.
Breathing volcanic ash can have serious health effects. The most effective way to reduce your exposure is to stay indoors.
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