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MUSCAT MUNICIPALITY INTENSIFIES ANTI-DENGUE OPERATIONS IN SEEB.

Muscat Municipality in Seeb has intensified its inspection campaign against Aedes aegypti mosquito - the main vector in transmitting dengue virus - in coordination with the Ministry of Health (MoH). Ismail al Rashdi, head of the pest control department at the Directorate General of Muscat Municipality in Seeb, explained that specialists from both the Ministry of Health and Muscat Municipality in Seeb carried out precautionary steps by scanning for mosquito breeding sites in the wilayat of Seeb.

The municipality and ministry officials are ensuring that there is no water stagnation in the wilayat even in small quantities. Some of the common mosquito breeding sites include flowerpots, fountains and old tyres.

The pest control department of Muscat Municipality also sprayed repellents in areas after it received calls regarding presence of mosquitoes. This is particularly important as Aedes aegypti mosquito is most active during the day and just before sunset.

Spraying process involves using hot fogging machines and cold ultra-low volume spraying machines with pyrethroid insecticides as certified by the World Health Organization. Pest controlling programme also uses silicone oil in stagnant water as a natural eco-friendly insecticide. The combat campaign also included some awareness programmes for citizens and residents in Seeb to familiarise them with dengue, its causes of spread and symptoms.

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Publication:Muscat Daily (Muscat, Oman)
Date:Dec 18, 2018
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