Preventing Zika & Protecting Mothers
The Zika virus is most dangerous to expecting mothers and their unborn children. The virus can cause microcephaly which negatively affects the unborn child's brain development and can cause severe and permanent birth defects such as an undersized skull and brain defects. Operation Blessing has gone on the offensive to stem the spread of Zika to the pregnant women by distributing mosquito nets and repellant. OBI has also partnered with the government to fumigate hot spot zones with large mosquito populations, and the interior of many homes. The most important element in prevention is knowledge, Operation Blessing has taken to the streets to hand out flyers and hang posters that provide citizens with the information they need to prevent Zika. For those women who may already be affected, Operation Blessing has procured portable prenatal ultrasound machines to help monitor the growth of the child in the womb.