Muscat – H E Dr Ahmed bin Mohammed al Sa’eedi, Minister of Health, stated that currently there are more than 76 cases of dengue fever recorded in the governorates of Muscat, North Batinah North and South Batinah.
He urges for intensifying efforts and collaboration of all to get rid of the mosquitoes by taking the necessary actions as it has been eliminated before in 2019.
In this regard, Muscat Municipality launched a campaign to combat the ‘aedes aegypti’ mosquitos in the governorate – the main vector that transmits the virus which causes dengue.
A statement issued by Muscat Municipality said, “Around 80 people participated in the campaign that started from March 27 to April 7. It targeted 3,666 homes in several ares in Muscat.
Twenty-three teams of specialists used 916 litres of pesticides to fight the aedes aegypti mosquitoes in five locations. This included 2,857 homes in Ghubra, 254 in Al Ansab, 235 in Al Hail South, 290 in Amerat, and 30 in Wadi al Bahias.
The Ministry of Health has urged people to take necessary steps to eliminate mosquito breeding sites by cleaning water tanks every five days, disposing water collected from air conditioners, changing water used in fountains, swimming pools, and agricultural purposes every five days.
It also calls for changing water containers of animals and birds every five days, and properly covering water tanks. Used tyres, empty cans, and damaged household utensils should be disposed appropriately, it added.