Monday 27 May, 2019

IVCD works to reduce mosquito population in flooded areas

The Insect Vector Control Division (IVCD) of the Ministry of Health modified its routine vector control schedule to institute emergency plans in affected counties across the country to urgently address the issue of heavy flooding over the past week.

Upcoming activities that the IVCD will embark on over the next two weeks include:

  • Spraying (indoor and outdoor) and fogging exercises in County Caroni and other flood-affected areas in the Tunapuna/Piarco Regional Corporation, including Caparo, Oropune, and La Horquetta.
  • Perifocal Operators will also visit the homes of persons living in the aforementioned communities to educate them about what they can do to reduce mosquito breeding sites in and around their homes.
  • IVCD staff will visit schools in all counties to determine on the appropriate vector control measures to be implemented in individual schools.

These activities follow prior emergency efforts undertaken by the IVCD to reduce the mosquito population.

These activities which began on June 20, 2017 included:

  • St. George East – 1,000 homes were sprayed in the St. Helena and Madras areas
  • Caroni – Spraying and thermal fogging exercises were conducted in the Madras Settlement
  • Victoria West – Spraying was done in the Woodland area and environs
  • Victoria East – Spraying was done on Kanhai Road and Oropouche River Road in the Barrackpore community
  • St. Patrick East – Spraying and fogging exercises were carried out on Clarke Road and Penal Rock Road
  • St. Patrick West - Spraying was done in Icacos, Fullerton and Bonas
  • Nariva/Mayaro – Fogging was done in the community of Navet in Rio Claro

The IVCD continues to collaborate with the Regional Corporations across the country to address the source of the adult mosquito population and to reduce the causes of flooding, such as the blocking of drains, ravines, rivers and water collection areas, according to a release issued by the Ministry of Health. The release went on to add that the IVCD is mandated to protect the citizens of Trinidad and Tobago from vector-borne diseases through the application of safe, effective and economical integration of appropriate and sustainable vector control measures.

Citizens wishing to contact the IVCD for vector control measures can call 612-4823 ext. 5456/5402 or in an emergency, 612-0088.

When requesting assistance, a name, address and contact number must be given.

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