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Posted: Tuesday 31 May, 2022 at 2:43 PM

NEMA monitoring Monkeypox

By: Staff Reporter,

    Hurricane Season and COVID remain priority


    BASSETERRE, St. Kitts - WITH the start of the 2022 Hurricane Season merely days away, officials at the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) will be closely monitoring a number of developments in the coming weeks.
    Their top priority will be preparation for the 2022 Atlantic Hurricane Season, which experts predicted would be above normal with 21 named storms expected to develop over the next six months; a concern for all within the region.
    “At present we are preparing for the 2022 Atlantic Hurricane Season. However, just like the previous two years, we are looking at a compounded multi-hazard season or time period. We are looking at the new Monkeypox outbreak that we are monitoring closely through the Ministry of Health, as well as the existing challenges with COVID-19,” Abdias Samuel told SKNVibes News.
    Monkeypox is slowly making its way across the world, but there have not been any confirmed cases of the virus within the region. As such, regional health officials have their guards up for any possible outbreak of the ailment, which experts said is often found in Africa. But there are now confirmed cases in the United States and Europe amongst some who had no travel history.
    Health experts are now connecting the outbreak among some non-travelling males who might been engaged in sexual activities with fellow men. 
    But, at the moment, the National Disaster Response Coordinator is focusing on  dealing with the recent surge in COVID cases, which Premier Mark Brantley recently confirmed was as a result of a fete that was staged on the island of Nevis.
    “We have seen a surge in cases which we expect as some of the restrictions have been eased; but we are asking persons not to become complacent. We will continue to monitor the cases of the Monkeypox because our main source market is the United States of America and we have many tourists who are moving back and forth as well as residents as nationals,” noted Samuel.
    Samuel is optimistic that the Federation would be prepared for the multi-hazard season, reminding that it takes a tropical storm or strong rainfall to have an effect on the livelihood of people in St. Kitts and Nevis.
    Against that backdrop, he is reminding all to be prepared for the 2022 Atlantic Hurricane Season which begins tomorrow (Jun. 1) and runs until the end of November. 
    Officials at the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration are  expecting around 15 to 21 named storms, and of that number, they are anticipating between six to 10 hurricanes with six expected to be major.


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