Honduras to fight epidemics


Honduras has announced an $11 million-dollar campaign to fight the threat of epidemics, as infections are claiming an increasing number of victims, particularly among children.

"Safe water, control of vectors, vaccination, supply of medicine and construction of latrines" are among the crucial aspects of the programme, said the Health Minister, Mr Marco Rosa.

A total of 15,000 Honduran health workers will participate in the effort, and "we are using all the international aid we are getting", he said.

Vast quantities of stagnant water left by the disastrous floods provided ideal breeding grounds for malaria-carrying mosquitoes, he said. He added that in the slums around Tegucigalpa alone, some 50,000 children were exposed to malaria and many more were threatened across the country.