Mosquito larvae in tyres, pot plants and worse

Tuesday September 03, 2019 Written by Published in Health

The Public Health national cleaning campaign or Tutaka, with the mission to safeguard against diseases transmitted by mosquitos, such as dengue, was held last month with several issues discovered and reported.

 

Health protection officer Charlie Ave, who is also the programme coordinator, said the cleanliness of properties and the extermination of mosquitos breeding places are the main priorities.

The top problems found were mosquito larvae breeding in containers such as: tyres, motor parts, scrap yard metal, drums, pot plant saucers, and stagnant water areas.

Overgrown vacant sections that are usually are problem, were dealt to and cleaned, when landowners were spoken to.

The over-flowing septic tanks and gully traps are the responsibility of each home owner, most people complied with the requirements, with only a few homes to follow up on this week.

Improper household rubbish heaps were noticed: “People are not separating their trash into the required bins.”

The VectoBac biological control powder like substance was sprinkled into mosquito breeding places such as taro swamps. “This treatment is harmless and will not affect the crops,” said Ave.

The traditional way of using diesel to combating mosquito larvae in stagnant waters was also used.

High risks places of ongoing activity: Punanga Nui market, airport, hospital, Avatiu and Avarua and the hostels have adult mosquito traps set up, these are checked regularly; normal spraying routines continues in these zones.

Arorangi and Titikaveka were noted as the cleanest villages with the least mosquito breeding areas, the Tutaka programme has been ongoing for 40 years.

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