Tuesday, 19 Nov 2019 | 22 Rabi Al Awwal 1441
Dengue scare: MoH rebuffs messages against visiting Muscat

Dengue scare: MoH rebuffs messages against going to Muscat

A senior official at the Ministry of Health stated, “People must seek information only from official sources. Citizens and residents can communicate with the Ministry of Health’s Contact Centre (24441999) and the Muscat Municipality’s Contact Centre (1111) for any queries.”

Meanwhile, MoH launched a significant two-week campaign to combat the spread of Aedes aegypti mosquitoes. The campaign that began on January eight will continue till January 21.

Dr Huda Khalfan al Sayabi, head of social mobilisation team of the campaign, stated, “The first dengue case was registered on December 12, 2018. Our teams have found breeding sites of Aedes aegypti mosquitoes in North and South Al Hail during field visits. We recorded 40 cases of dengue fever from December 12 to January 6.”

Explaining the campaign particulars, Dr Huda stated, “The campaign started in the wilayat of Seeb at 8am and continued till 2pm. There are 1,000 personnel who will be divided into 200 teams. They will be in formal uniform and carry identification cards.” The team members will go to four,000 houses in a day. “The campaign will cover 65,000 facilities in Muscat,” she stated adding that dengue might not be endemic to Oman but its spread can be checked by stopping water accumulation.”

Dr Huda added, “It is important to avoid leaving drinking water for animals and birds outside. Those who use tyres for decoration or gardening should ensure they are dry as they too can be a breeding place for insects. We call upon the public to cooperate with the Ministry of Health and the municipality in facilitating campaign officials in their work.”

Information Source: Muscat Daily

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