Muscat – With cases of dengue continuing to be registered in Muscat, the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) in the governorate has launched a campaign to fight the spread of Aedes aegypti mosquitoes in collaboration with Muscat Municipality and other concerned authorities.
Field teams have been formed to investigate breeding sites of Aedes aegypti mosquitoes. DGHS Muscat, with the cooperation of Muscat Municipality, also published and distributed a large number of brochures in targeted villages in Muscat to educate people and raise awareness.
Additionally, the Department of Disease Surveillance and Control of DGHS has intensified efforts in the current period by conducting experts’ visits to breeding sites of the mosquito and carrying out inspection campaigns in homes located in Seeb, Bausher and Amerat in collaboration with the respective public municipalities, Wali’s offices and others.
A two-day exhibition was held at Mall of Muscat under the theme ‘Be the Change’ with the aim of identifying risks associated with the Aedes aegypti mosquitoes and supporting the efforts exerted in this regard by creating a community partnership to eradicate these pests.
To keep track of the events of the campaign, Dr Thamra Said al Ghafri, director general of health, Muscat, issued an administrative decision to form a working team to control the spread of Aedes aegypti mosquitoes in Muscat governorate. The team includes specialists and officials from DGHS, various public directorates of Muscat Municipality, Haya Water and Oman Environmental Services Holding Company – be’ah.
The team is focused on following up the works of investigation and control of Aedes Aegypti mosquitoes, supervising the implementation of executive work in the breeding habitats in cooperation with the concerned authorities regarding the completion of spraying operations and evaluating the epidemiological situation.
Dengue may cause fever, headache, tiredness, severe fatigue, skin rash, digestive disorder, and pain in joints and muscles.