Panneflek: FIGHT BACK, A collective neighborhood approach to Mosquito Control
June 16, 2020 2:30 pmPHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten — The Honorable Minister Richard Panneflek announces that the Collective Prevention Services (CPS), a department within the ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labor will be executing a Vector Control Awareness Campaign with the slogan “FIGHT BACK, A Neighborhood approach to Mosquito Control” in the communities. The campaign will commence during the week of June 15th, as we move into National Mosquito Control Awareness Week, which is the week of June 21st – 27th 2020. The ultimate purpose during this campaign is to reduce the menace of a Vector-Borne Disease by eliminating or preventing breeding grounds around areas where people live. Our surrounding communities are at high risk for mosquito breeding grounds; therefore, households are encouraged to use this time to work together and remove old debris e.g. washing machines, refrigerators, stoves, tires, stagnant water, etc. following VROMI guidance in preparing for the hurricane season as well. Persons are also requested to remove all breeding sites make sure water storage containers are covered properly in and around their property. Let us be vigilant, and make use of the time at home due to COVID-19 and collectively work to prevent the spread of mosquito breeding and mosquito related diseases, as we are reminded to wash our hands and adhere to the 2-meter social distance rule. The benefits of this campaign are to:
- Improve neighborhood quality.
- Reduce outbreak threats of Zika, Chikungunya, Dengue and other dangerous mosquito borne diseases.
- Have direct connection to mosquito control experts.
- Breakdown barriers within the neighborhood.