Perifocal, or block spraying, for mosquitos has been a vital part of Te Marae Ora’s efforts to control dengue fever. 20110645
A break in the weather means Operation Namu’s mosquito spraying to fight dengue fever will resume Tuesday.
on hold due to wet weather, spraying was scheduled for all schools from 4am to
Weather permitting, spraying will continue Wednesday in the Avatiu area (RAPPA) from 4am to 8am and will continue in other punas until March 11.
programme, which involved spraying stagnant water, open drains and blocked
manholes with diesel oil, began yesterday. This programme will run for around a
According to Te
Marae Ora health ministry data last updated on February 26, there are 28
probable and 30 confirmed dengue-type2 cases in Rarotonga.
There are 21
cases that have been admitted to the hospital.
A Te Marae Ora
health ministry spokesperson last week told Cook Islands News, there were 86
areas are Ngatangiia with 18 cases and Titikaveka with 14.
villages have at least one case apart from Akaoa or Murienua where no cases are
No cases have
also been reported in the outer islands.
The most cases
out of all age groups are from 11 to 19 years, which have 18 confirmed and
Member of Parliament Selina Napa earlier said there was more needed to be done
to prevent the dengue virus.
Napa said Tutaka inspections and clean-up
campaigns such as Operation Namu21 needed to be held more regularly, including
community education and awareness efforts led by Te Marae Ora.