The Bento Gonçalves Health Service, through the Endemic Diseases Officers, makes daily visits to the buildings, squares, cemeteries and businesses of the municipality, in order to verify the sanitary conditions of the places. The actions are continuous, with more than a thousand visits per week.
The importance of the teams’ actions is also reflected in the prevention of the Aedes aegypti mosquito. This year alone, around 45 mosquito outbreaks have already been detected. The number is believed to be high, as throughout 2021 officers found 76 outbreaks.
The endemic agent, Pablo das Neves da Silva, commented on the mosquito control work.
“We carry out the service of eliminating epidemics and collecting mosquitoes at strategic points in the city, and in the cemeteries we also look for epidemics and possible situations of accumulation of water. This work is very important and we ask the population to show it. We have already found outbreaks of Aedes in a cut pet bottle with little water, so we know how important these actions are.”
Environmental Surveillance Veterinarian Analiz Zattera commented on the work done by the officers. “The work of endemic agents is important because the visits they make are intended to guide and verify possible outbreaks in homes. There are still many people who have not checked the basic measures to prevent the proliferation of mosquitoes, especially the Aedes aegypti species which can cause diseases such as dengue, Zika and Chikungunya”.
Analiz also warns about the necessary precautions to avoid the proliferation of mosquitoes. You have to be very careful with these deposits or eliminate them. The drains must also be covered with plastic and the slabs of the houses must have a drop so that there is no pond water”.
The veterinarian adds that “it is also essential that when the inhabitants find mosquito larvae in their homes, they eliminate them immediately by turning over the deposits so that the larvae fall to the ground and die”.
Locations such as dirty vacant lots or dumpsites on public roads should be reported by calling 0800-9796-866.
Source: Communications Office
Photo: Rodrigue de Marco