SINGAPORE – Greater than 300,000 bottles of mosquito repellent will be given out without cost to suspected dengue sufferers by polyclinics and normal practitioner (GP) clinics because the nation prepares to enter the normal dengue peak interval.
Those that are suspected of getting the illness are beneficial to use mosquito repellent often as a result of this may shield others round them from getting contaminated and assist break the transmission chain, mentioned the Nationwide Setting Company (NEA) on Monday (Could 18).
The 30ml bottles have been distributed to the clinics since early Could, forward of the normal peak dengue season between June and October. NEA labored with the Ministry of Well being and the clinics on this.
The company mentioned that 529 dengue instances have been reported within the week ending final Saturday, larger than the 300 to 400 weekly instances that Singapore had within the first 4 months of 2020.
Within the gentle of this, the company urged collective neighborhood motion, and inspired residents who’re staying dwelling over the circuit breaker interval to be proactive in spraying mosquito repellent and eliminating potential breeding websites of their premises by spraying insecticide in darkish corners of the properties.
“With extra individuals staying dwelling, there’s a larger threat of illness transmission inside housing estates, particularly in areas the place the inhabitants of the Aedes mosquito – a day biter (which spreads the dengue virus) – is excessive,” the company mentioned.
Outdoors of properties, since the beginning of the circuit breaker interval, NEA has elevated audits at development websites to make sure that management measures are in place.
Of the 1,514 development websites, in addition to further and alteration work websites, NEA mentioned it’s prioritising audits at websites inside dengue clusters and inside residential areas. Half of those have been inspected as of Monday.
From January to April this yr, 31 summonses and two stop-work orders have been issued to development websites, and two contractors are anticipated to be charged in courtroom for repeat offences.
Extra details about areas with larger Aedes mosquito inhabitants and dengue clusters might be discovered on the NEA web site and myENV cell app.
The company mentioned: “As we enter the hotter months forward, the elevated threat of upper transmission of dengue is a priority, as a result of accelerated breeding cycle and maturation of the Aedes mosquito vectors, in addition to the shorter incubation interval of the dengue virus.”
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