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Zika forum at Villa School draws scores of Residents

13th May 2016

With the recent report of a Zika case in Antigua and Barbuda, dozens of residents turned out for the inaugural Northwest District Zika Forum at the Villa Primary School on last night (Thursday evening).

The main facilitator was Dr. Cleofoster Beazer who expounded on the different types of complications associated with the Zika Virus as well as treatment of the disease and prevention methods.

When asked by a concerned resident if forums and lectures are making a difference, this is what he had to say.

"Yes, this event is very important because it is the first step in a series of public awareness campaigns. As you know it is a very topical because we had our very first case which was imported from Santo Domingo and so we are going around the country to teach people about the Zika Virus and how to take care of themselves and how to prevent getting infected as well as to debunk some of the myths that are out there about the Zika Virus", Dr. Beazer said.

Among those in attendance was International Evangelist, Eugene "Towie" Benjamin, who was the brain child behind the event and he said that plans are in the pipeline for two similar forums before month end.

"It was certainly a wonderful turn out and I am so happy that the community came out so they could be informed of their health and how they can live healthier. Next Thursday night, we will be engaged in the Community of New Winthorpes, that is May 19, and then on May 26 we will be in Cedar Grove. We are inviting one and all to be out with us because your health is greater than your wealth", Benjamin stated.

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