Government Appeals to Residents to Help Reduce Mosquito Population; Measures to Be Taken Against Non-ComplianceThe Public Entity Saba is appealing to residents to do their part to help reduce the mosquito population. Because of the ongoing rains there has been an increase in the mosquito population around the island. Regular controls by the Department of Vector Control (Mosquito Control) have shown that while many homeowners are taking the necessary measures to eliminate areas where mosquitos can breed, there are others who can do more to assist in removing possible breeding sites from around their home.
Mosquitos transmit dangerous diseases
Mosquitos can transmit diseases such as dengue and chikungunya. While there has been no local transmission of chikungunya on the island there have been many cases in the surrounding islands. More recently another mosquito borne illness, Zika, has been identified in the region. Zika’s symptoms which are similar to chikungunya include: feeling flu like, joint pain and headache. Research indicates that Zika may also pose harm to the fetus of pregnant women, another reason why eliminating mosquitos is necessary.
Government to take measures against homeowners that do not cooperate
In the coming months, homeowners that continue to allow breeding areas to accumulate around their property will receive letters from the Department of Vector Control requesting action on such sites. Homeowners should remove, empty or cover objects that can hold water (such as flower plates and pots, used tires, discarded cans and bottles) on a weekly basis, and alter structures that hold water (e.g. repair cistern covers, drill holes in gravity tanks that are not used). If the homeowners do not comply measures will be taken to remedy the situation. The expectation is that persons will cooperate before this measure is taken, as entering the property of homeowner is a last resort and will only be done if necessary to safeguard the public health.
Saba Government Information Service.