The Fiji Times » Ministry of Health investigates larvae

The Department of Health and Medical Services from February to April this year carried out larval surveys in 22 subdivisions and town councils where 2473 households were inspected.

And during this investigation of the larvae, the Minister of Health, Dr. Ifereimi Waqainabete, said that sensitization on mosquito breeding sites had been carried out and people harboring immature stages of mosquitoes in their premises had received notices for the mere presence of mosquitoes and prosecuted.

He said it was noted that the Breteau index for Nausori subdivision had crossed the threshold of 21 and that Taveuni had a Breteau index of 18, which indicated the high risk of transmission of viral diseases on the subdivision. dengue.

Dr Waqainabete said teams were alerted and an immediate cleaning campaign of mosquito breeding containers at 23 sampling sites, along with circumfocal spraying, was recommended to eliminate adult pregnant mosquitoes immediately.

He said there were also similar services in Nausori and Ba.

“Because said indices and early warning systems for Fiji indicated a high prevalence of mosquitoes, the ministry, through its environmental health unit, had put in place clean-up campaigns.

“To date, besides the cleanup campaigns that are present, there are 12 other proposals that have taken us at the moment with a budget of approximately $76,000 that our teams are in the process of moving through.”

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