Health Ministry to start mosquito extermination Feb 14


NONTHABURI, 10 February 2016 – The Ministry of Public Health (MOPH) has instructed it provincial offices to ready themselves for the mosquito extermination campaign.

Permanent Secretary of Public Health Sopon Mekthon has convened a teleconference with the chiefs of provincial public health offices across the country to discuss preparations for the campaign to eliminate mosquitoes.

The MOPH has heightened its disease control measures in response to the recently confirmed case of the Zika virus. Mosquitoes are blamed for several viral diseases such as dengue fever, Zika fever and Chikungunya. Dr. Sopon has ordered all hospitals and public health offices nationwide to strengthen mosquito elimination in their workplaces and nearby communities from February 14 until April 13.

Dr. Sopon has also urged public health officials to concentrate surveillance measures on risk-prone groups, including pregnant women, children, visitors from countries with known outbreaks of Zika fever, and those exhibiting symptoms including fever, rashes, joint pain and conjunctivitis.