Schools urged to destroy mosquito-breeding sites
The Ministry of Health is encouraging administrators to continue efforts to ensure that mosquito-breeding sites are removed from school grounds.
Director, emergency, disaster management and special services, Dr Marion Bullock DuCasse, said this should be an ongoing exercise. She said the Aedes aegypti mosquito that spreads chikungunya mostly bites in the daytime and is generally found in and around places where people gather, including schools.
Bullock DuCasse added that recent rainfall may have provided opportunities for mosquitoes to breed. As a result, she said it was important for school administrators to cover or remove open containers that may collect water.
Persons can search for and destroy mosquito-breeding sites by getting rid of old tyres and containers in which water can settle, punching holes in tins before disposing, and covering large drums, barrels and tanks holding water.
The health ministry said individuals should also protect themselves and children from mosquito bites by using insect repellents containing DEET.