In light of a recent spike in the number of cases of dengue and chikungunya, the Department of Environmental Health has intensified its vector reduction campaigns in the south of the island.
Environmental Health Officer for the South Emerson Vitalis said the department is targeting areas such as Micoud, Vieux Fort, Choiseul, Soufriere and smaller communities in the south that are affected by the spread of these two mosquito-borne viruses.
“We have noticed those high cases of undifferentiated fever, which is almost linked to the dengue and chikungunya fever, and as a department we have recognised there is need for more intervention from that perspective and we have embarked on that now, specially targeting the areas of concerns with certain interventions in which we can look to knock off or reduce those high cases,” the environmental officer said.
He explained that while the department will move to intensify its vector-reduction interventions by fogging and increasing public awareness through social mobilisation in schools and churches, households too need to play their part in helping to reduce and possibly ending the spread of these viruses.
Vitalis said a health fair will be held this month in Soufriere by the credit union on ways to tackle the issue.
The environmental officer advised that persons should take responsibility for their surroundings, eliminating the breeding grounds in order to maintain a mosquito-free environment.