The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) continues to provide support to the Department of Environmental Health in the fight against mosquito borne diseases.
The Ministry of Health and Wellness completed a three day training workshop on Friday, December 1st, 2017 for its Vector Control Officers on the safe use, maintenance and repairs of thermal foggers.
According to Chief Environmental Health Officer – Wenn Gabriel, vector borne diseases are a serious threat to Saint Lucia and the entire Caribbean.
Gabriel noted that in the past five years or so there have been three major outbreaks of vector borne diseases.
“We believe we need to prepare and that we have been doing by training our staff. We’ve had training with respect to the entomological aspects of vector control, we have also done some training with respect to testing for resistance as it pertains to some of the pesticides that we use in vector control and today we are moving on to some training with our vector control staff with respect to the safe handling of equipment used in mosquito control, ” the Health and Wellness Ministry official stated.
According to a release from the ministry, the training was undertaken by Renard Xaviere from Power Farms in Barbados who said that fogging remains the most cost-effective way to disperse the pesticides into the environment where the mosquito is very prevalent.
” I think it will be here for a long time to come, because it is the way we treat our environment and species such as Aedes Aegypti which are responsible for Zika and a whole lot of tropical diseases which are very prevalent,” he explained.
Xaviere stated that there is resistance to some insecticides.
He asserted that fogging is ‘pretty safe’ and represents the most cost effective and safest way to combat mosquitoes.