Pattaya goes to war against mosquitoes

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Pattaya has declared war on mosquitoes, sending workers armed with insecticide around the city daily to combat dengue fever and malaria.

Twelve workers from the Center or Disease Control and Prevention are targeting high-risk areas and educating home and business owners on ways to reduce mosquito populations, such as removing any standing water from their property. Workers on March 22 sprayed the area between Walking Street and Bali Hai Pier and are responding to requests for other areas.

Sahas Wattanawiphat sprays insecticides to kill mosquitoes to combat dengue fever and malaria. Sahas Wattanawiphat sprays insecticides to kill mosquitoes to combat dengue fever and malaria.

Sahas Wattanawiphat of the Public Health and Environment Department office admitted the city has only 12 workers to do the job and far more places that need to be sprayed. Further, he said, the process takes time as to completely rid an area of mosquitoes, it must be sprayed daily for a month.

Success, Sahas added, “also depends on residents to lend a helping hand in investigating their own homes for sources of mosquitoes because residents cannot rely on the public sector alone due to the low number of personnel.”

Residents can obtain advice and abatement sand from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention offices on Soi 6 and or Soi Buakaow or by calling 038-429-738.