Vincentians Turn To Papaya Leaf Extract For Dengue Fever

(LOOP NEWS CARIBBEAN) – The dengue outbreak in St Vincent and the Grenadines has resulted in the deaths of five people, two children and three adults to date.

The Ministry of Health has since recommended and issued guidelines on the use of Carica Papaya leaf extract to be used in addition to the usual management for dengue fever.

Here are the guidelines for using Carica Papaya leaf extract:

  • Anyone with fever, headache or body pain suggestive of Dengue Fever, should urgently seek assistance from a health care provider. 

  • The usual management of Dengue Fever includes acetaminophen (example paramol, paracetamol, cetamol), liquids/fluids (example juice, coconut water, water, Gatorade, ORS, Pedialyte) and gravol for nausea and vomiting. 

  • Papaya leaf extract should be used in addition to the usual Dengue Fever management. 

  • Papaya leaf extract could be given at any stage of the disease, but for best results it should be given from the first day of fever. 

  • Do not stop the treatment halfway. 

  • A few sips of cold water could be taken immediately after consuming the Papaya leaf extract or you may suck on a pinch of sugar/honey, to overcome the bitter taste. 

  • Do not consume Papaya leaf extract if you are allergic to Papaya. 

In addition, the Government Pharmaceutical Services of the Ministry of Health has also issued guidelines on dosing of Papaya leaf extract:

Papaya leaf extracts could be taken as a syrup;

• Adult – 30ml (two tablespoonful) three times a day before meals. 

• Child – 5 to10ml (two teaspoonful) three times a day 

• Studies say use for five consecutive days or until fully recovered from the illness. 

Other dosing in literature:

• Adult – 20ml (four teaspoonful) twice daily before meals. 

• Child – 5 to 10ml (1 to 2 teaspoonful) twice daily. 

As of September 29, St Vincent and the Grenadines had 514 laboratory confirmed cases of dengue fever recorded.