Prime Minister bolsters mosquito fighting campaign


Bangkok – The Prime Minister has promoted the government’s mosquito combating campaign and voiced a desire to see ASEAN wide cooperation to stem disease transmitting insects. 

Ahead of the day’s Cabinet meeting, Prime Minister Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha took part in a campaign to eradicate mosquitoes organized by the Disease Control Department of the Ministry of Public Health. He called on all relevant agencies to ensure the public is made aware of the threat of mosquitoes and the diseases they can spread, especially in the southern region where due to a large amount of rubber farms, mosquitoes are able to thrive.

Pointing out that the ASEAN region is mostly tropical; the premier said he wants to see regional cooperation to eliminate mosquitoes.

The Disease Control Department has reported that in 2016 it expects 166 thousand people to contract dengue fever. To cut the number it is utilizing the Civil State philosophy to combine the efforts of the public and private sector. The department has created a campaign titled “3 clean ups, 3 diseases” calling for all citizens to clean their homes, garbage and water sources to protect themselves from dengue fever, the Zika virus and Chikungunya.

The department is also introducing a new application to help educate the public on how to eradicate mosquitoes.