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St Thomas launches mosquito attack

Published:Tuesday | March 29, 2016 | 12:00 AM

St Thomas last week launched 'Operation: Mosquito Search and Destroy'.

The launch, held at Princess Margaret Hospital in Lyssons, was attended by Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton and various health officials and staff. The initiative is part of the ministry's ongoing plan to minimise the spread of the Zika virus, which is transmitted by the Aedes aegypti mosquito.

In his address, Tufton reinforced the importance of community involvement, encouraging residents to ensure that their surroundings are free of vector-breeding sites.

"The efforts to control the mosquito-borne diseases cannot be the responsibility of those who are solely members of the health fraternity, (that is) doctors, nurses, ministry of health officials. In fact, I am prepared to say that 80 per cent of the challenge to health and safety caused by this type of virus carried by mosquitoes, Aedes aegypti in this case, is a function of how we manage our affairs in our environment. Very simply put, it's really a solution based squarely in the realms of collective responsibility," Tufton said, adding that it is more challenging to treat cases when people are infected than to eliminate the threat.