Tuesday 17 July, 2018

Seven hurricanes expected this season

The Ministry of Health prepares for the above normal 2018 hurricane season which begins in less than a month.

On Thursday May 10th, 2018 the Ministry of Health convened a meeting to formulate plans made for the Hurricane season commencing June 1stto November 30th. The Ministry is making a deliberate attempt to identify potential gaps in the services provided during and after hurricanes.

Quoting the Colorado State University 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season, the upcoming season is anticipated to be normal to slightly above normal when compared to the average predictions with approximately 14 name storms; 7 becoming hurricanes and 3 major hurricanes. With this outlook, Health Disaster Coordinator, Dr. Glensford Joseph,cautions citizens to be prepared to mitigate the impact of the hurricane season on our health, social wellbeing and economic status.

Health Disaster Coordinator, Dr.Glensford Joseph

“If you can recall 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season and its impact on many countries. This would ensure that we do not lay our guards down. It takes one major Hurricane to have a significant impact disrupting the overall operation of the Ministry of Health. We’re taking every measure to ensure that we are adequately prepared to respond efficiently and effectively to any potential storm or hurricane that we may face. It means that all the agencies within the Ministry of Health, sectors external to the Ministry of Health, Government and Private Sectors have to work in close collaboration to ensure that we prepare adequately before, to endure any unforeseen or unexpected storm and adequately respond to and recover from the impact of such hazardous nature.”

The Ministry of Health urges all individuals to carefully plan and prepare for the 2018 hurricane season.