Muscat – A comprehensive national survey for vector-borne diseases will begin in various governorates starting October 16.
A statement issued by the Ministry of Health said, ‘The survey aims to compile a database on the disease vectors and their breeding sites to facilitate control operations and combat the dangers associated with the diseases.’
The three-month survey will cover all governorates and areas frequented by tourists and crowded with workers.
Before entering any site, specialised teams conducting the survey will give a brief overview of the survey mechanism and then collect the required data in a dedicated electronic form.
The date of survey in an area will be notified to residents in advance through the social media accounts of the Ministry of Health and through the governors’ offices.
The ministry called on everyone to cooperate and facilitate the work of the teams to carry out the national project.
According to the World Health Organization, vector-borne diseases – such as malaria, dengue fever and yellow fever – account for more than 17 per cent of all infectious diseases, causing more than 700 000 deaths annually. These can be caused by parasites, bacteria or viruses.