Health Ministry carries out larvae surveys

Minister for Health and Medical Services, Dr. Iferereimi Waqainabete during break between sessions at the Parliament sitting in Suva on Friday, February 11, 2022. Picture: JONACANI LALAKOBAU

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

And during this larvae survey, Health Minister Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete said awareness on mosquito breeding sites were carried out and persons harbouring immature stages of mosquitoes at their premises were given notices for 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 Taveuni had a Breteau Index of 18 which indicated the high risk of viral disease transmission on dengue fever.

Dr Waqainabete said the teams were alerted and an immediate clean-up campaign of mosquito breeding containers from 23 sampling sites, together with perifocal spraying, was recommended for immediate removal of adult gravid mosquitoes.

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

“Because the said indices and the early warning systems for Fiji were indicative of high mosquito prevalence, the ministry through its Environmental Health Unit, had implemented clean-up campaigns.

“To date, apart from the clean-up campaigns that are present, there are a further 12 proposals that have caught us at the moment with a budget of about $76,000 in which our teams are going through.”

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