All should be involved in mosquito eradication

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Chief Health Inspector, Sharon Martin said all the people in Antigua and Barbuda have a social responsibility to prevent mosquito breeding.
“Every member of society must be aware of how mosquitoes breed and the dangers involved with mosquito breeding and their presence in our communities,” Martin stressed on OBSERVER Radio yesterday.
In her attempt to create nationwide awareness on the dangers of mosquitoes in the twin island state, Martin reminded the public of the by-law, which specifies that once inspectors introduce themselves they should be granted permission to assess private properties for stagnant water.
She noted that stagnant water could be breeding grounds for mosquitoes and added that inspectors normally assess outside of properties but at times seek permission to assess the inside.
Martin’s call came as part of this nation’s commemoration of Caribbean Mosquito Awareness Week.
She grasped the opportunity to disclose that dogs pose a threat to health inspectors’ safety and ability to assess properties for mosquito breeding.
“Residents should cooperate, knowing [mosquito breeding checks] are good for all of us. If you have animals that are untethered… once the officer visits your premises, you should secure your animals,” she said.
Caribbean Mosquito Awareness Week is a collaborative effort by countries and territories of the Americas, promoted by the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO), in association with the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) and the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).
(More in today’s Daily Observer)

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