(posted Oct. 24, 11:00 a.m.)— President Daniel Ortega this afternoon put Nicaragua on a nation-wide “red alert” for dengue following the death of another young victim to the mosquito-borne illness.
“We can no longer continue to treat this epidemic as if it were a normal matter. We have to treat it as a disaster situation, and face it as if we were facing a large-scale disaster, and unite all our efforts, all our collective citizen and institutional strength, including all the social movements and organizations that work in the community,” said first lady and government spokeswoman Rosario Murillo.
Murillo said her husband has instructed his minions to prepare a special plan to combat the disease, especially in Managua. The special government plan will involve a massive mobilization of all Sandinista party apparatchiks, including the Sandinista Youth and other neighborhood busybodies working for the ruling party.
Murillo said in Managua alone there will be 5,000 Sandinistas knocking on doors under the auspicious of offering a coordinated government response to a national health emergency. The first lady also called on leaders of the Catholic Church to help fight dengue, which has claimed at least three lives this week.