Residents urged to step-up mosquito prevention measures due to weekend torrential rainfall

The Collective Preventive Services (CPS), a government agency under the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development & Labour, is calling on residents to step-up mosquito prevention measures due to the weekend of torrential rainfall.

Mosquito fogging did start about a week ago but had to be halted due to rainfall.  Fogging will resume shortly.

Residents are advised to step-up by taking measures at home and at their business to mitigate mosquito breeding such as the Aedes Aegypti mosquito.

Minister of Public Health, Social Development & Labour Hon. Cornelius de Weever, ‘Get Checked” campaign, is in line with the responsibility of residents, and business owners, to check around their homes, and businesses in order to reduce breeding sites of the Aedes Aegypti mosquito, and making them mosquito-free zones.

Minister De Weever is also calling on residents to encourage and ensure that their neighbor (s) clean their yard in order to be more effective in eliminating breeding sites.

Mosquito fogging is one intervention of several, and the main measure is for every household and business to take action by removing potential mosquito breeding spots in and around their premises on a daily basis.

Residents must bear in mind that rain events can disrupt mosquito fogging activities.  Homeowners should remove containers or turn them over; boat owners who have boats stored on land should make sure the drains are open for water to run out rather than accumulate creating a breeding ground for mosquito’s; spouts should be cleaned; overgrown vegetation should be cut; and old tires should be cut up.

Call for information on the Aedes Aegypti mosquito breeding sites and respective preventive measures at 542-2078 or 542-3003 or email su**********@si************.org