The campaign was launched below the patronage of H E Dr Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Obaid al Sa’eedi, Minister of Health at Majlis al Sayyida Fatima bint Ali Mosque in North Al Hail. A quantity of their excellencies and higher-ranking officials attended the ceremony along with neighborhood members.
Speaking on the occasion, H E Dr Sa’eedi, stated, “The Aedes aegypti mosquito is the primary species responsible for transmitting viruses such as Zika, dengue and chikungunya among people. We call upon citizens and residents to do their bit by cooperating with the field teams involved in the campaign from Tuesday.”
He stated that folks need to seek details from official sources and ignore rumours. “Citizens and residents can communicate with the Ministry of Health’s contact centre (24441999) and the Muscat Municipality contact centre (1111) for any queries.”
MoH increases surveillance
The Ministry of Health (MoH) has stated that about 1,000 personnel from distinct government entities will be element of the campaign.
Speaking to Muscat Daily
, Dr Seif bin Salim al Abri, Director General of Diseases Surveillance and Control in MoH, stated, “The very first dengue case was registered on December 12, 2018. Our teams have discovered breeding web sites of Aedes aegypti mosquitoes in North and South Al Hail in the course of field visits. We recorded 40 instances of dengue fever from December 12 to January six.
“The campaign will begin in the wilayat of Seeb at 8am and continue till 2pm. There will be 1,000 personnel who will be divided into 200 teams. They will be wearing formal uniform and carry identification cards.”
Dr Abri stated that the team members will go to four,000 houses in a day.
“The campaign will also include visits to 65,000 facilities in Muscat.”
He stated that the field teams have faced a number of challenges in the course of visits because the very first dengue case was recorded. “Several houses and farms were found closed. We also found about 80 per cent of water tanks in houses not covered.”
Dr Abri stated that dengue could not be endemic to Oman but its spread can be checked by stopping accumulation of water. “Also, there is a want to alter drinking water left for animals and birds outdoors on a typical basis to steer clear of insects from breeding there.
“Those who use tyres for decoration or gardening should ensure they are dry as they can be a breeding place for insects. We call upon the public to change water in the swimming pool regularly.”
The campaign which starts on Tuesday will continue till January 21.
Information Source: Muscat Daily