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What can we do to prevent the spread of mosquitoes this rainy season?

Mosquitos range from being a nuisance to carriers of disease, especially dengue fever. Many people die from dengue fever each year, which can only be prevented by reducing mosquito populations. Vientiane Times asked around for ideas about the best ways to get rid of these troublesome pests.


 

 

Ms Siphai Viphommaxay, a resident of Huaphan province: I know public health officials have tried to ensure that dengue doesn’t take hold here but the problem is that many people don’t understand how to stop mosquitoes from breeding or how to protect themselves against dengue, especially in remote areas. And some people know what they should do but just don’t bother. I think the authorities should provide more public understanding about the dangers of this virus, the symptoms of dengue, and what people should do if they fall ill. Village authorities in particular should try to persuade everyone to help prevent the spread of dengue fever.

Mr Phonsavanh, a resident of Luang Prabang province: I think this virus is more dangerous than Covid-19 because it kills so many people every year. This means we have to get rid of mosquitoes, which is the key to stopping the spread of disease. Mosquitoes breed rapidly in wet conditions. To prevent this, we should throw out any water that collects in jars, vases or dishes and cover any containers to prevent more water from filling them. This is essential because stagnant water is the breeding ground of dengue-transmitting mosquitoes.
 
Ms Phannga Thammavongsa, an official in Xekong province: If we want to prevent mosquitoes from breeding we must ensure there are no pools of water lying around the house and do regular cleaning and bushing out. I think we can tackle this disease if we make sure there is no stagnant water around our living areas, which is where mosquitoes breed. In addition, everyone should use mosquito nets when sleeping. The authorities should run more publicity campaigns to advise people how to keep dengue at bay.
 
Ms Buachan Sengsavath, an official in Champassak province: To prevent people falling ill with dengue fever, everyone must band together to organise regular clean-ups and get rid of any stagnant water so that fewer mosquitoes can breed. We must make sure that water does not collect in any type of container and encourage others to do the same. We should actively monitor the situation and keep a close eye on the number of mosquitoes in our neighbourhoods so that we know if we’re suppressing them or not.
 
Mr Soulinthone, an official in Xaysomboun province:  Lakes and still streams are especially likely to be breeding sites for mosquitoes. And we should always be careful to keep our surroundings clean and bushed out because mosquitoes breed in dark, damp places. I urge everyone who lives in such places to be especially careful in the rainy season. If you have a fever, chills or flu-like symptoms, you should see a doctor right away. It’s important to get treatment as soon as possible and not take medicine by yourself. Another important thing is that we should strictly follow the measures recommended by public health officials.


 

 

By Lamphone Pasanthong
(Latest Update May 25, 2021)


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