Students from eight secondary schools in St. George’s, Grenada, got involved in the international fight against vector-borne diseases on World Health Day (WHD), observed April 7. This year’s WHD, held under the theme ‘Small Bites, Big Threats,’ focused on vector borne diseases, many of which are now significant health issues that provoke global concern.
The students researched various vector-borne diseases like malaria, dengue fever, rabies, leptospirosis and chikungunya, and each school delivered and recorded a 15-minute awareness-raising radio program in the studio of SGU 107.5, the University’s radio station.
“The students came in very well prepared,” said Dr. Satesh Bidaisee, Deputy Chair of SGU’s Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine and one of the organizers of this initiative. “It was clear they had done detailed research and they had accurate information and relevant control and prevention measures. This activity was very productive for them and it will not stop there. They will not only share the information with their families and friends but will also practice what they have learnt to the benefit of their communities.”
The students, who represented Anglican High, Boca Secondary, Grenada Boys Secondary, Happy Hill Secondary, Presentation Brothers College, St. Joseph’s Convent St. George, Wesley College and Westmorland Secondary, also had the opportunity to hear presentations by St. George’s University public health students and faculty on vector-borne diseases and on various roles and careers in environmental and public health.
This particular initiative was organized by the Ministry of Education and St. George’s University as part of a wider project spearheaded by the Ministry of Health in observation of WHD and involving several other entities, including the Grenada Public Health Association, the Ministries of Agriculture and Education and a number of corporate partners including Foodland Supermarket. The supermarket provided refreshments for the students participating in the radio program and a hamper for the best presenter, and also held special discounts on insecticides and rodenticides for the general public on WHD.