The government intensifies actions to fight Aedes aegypti in the municipalities of Maranhão

05/16/2022

The state government will intensify actions to control Aedes aegypti in the metropolitan area and in 10 other municipalities of Maranhão. The campaign to strengthen actions was launched this Monday (16), at the Erasmo Dias Education Center, in Maiobão, in partnership with the Paço do Lumiar Town Hall. In addition to student orientation and home visits near the school, the program included the symbolic delivery of an Ultra Low Volume (UBV) car to the municipality of São José de Ribamar.

The objective of the campaign is to mobilize society and reduce arboviruses in the metropolitan area and, in particular, in the municipalities of Açailândia, Balsas, Caxias, Chapadinha, Itapecuru, Imperatriz, Pinheiro, São João dos Patos, Timon and Santa Rita.

“In addition to vector control, from the mosquito that transmits arboviruses to the adult state, it is important that the larval stage is also the target of society’s attention. In this sense, we carry out an articulation of health education, with a demonstration of how actions to combat Aedes aegypti are carried out. The aim is to disseminate this information in the home and family environment, strengthening prevention measures,” said SES Superintendent of Epidemiology, Mayrlan Avelar.

Aedes aegypti is the mosquito responsible for the transmission of Dengue, Chikungunya, Zika virus and yellow fever arboviruses. It can survive and transmit disease at any time of the year, especially during the hottest and most humid months when the larvae hatch. At Paço do Lumiar, students learned about the mosquito’s reproductive cycle, the transmission of arboviruses and the elimination of focal points.

Paulo Victor Cardoso, 17, a second-year high school student, agreed that raising awareness will always be the best strategy. “I always try to keep the place clean, with water bottles upside down and containers covered. I also try to guide people close to me with garbage collection, for example, I always do this with my brothers,” he shared.

The program also included house tours and dialogue with residents about proper garbage disposal, cleaning the household area and identifying mosquito outbreaks. Dona Glória Soares, 52, was one of the residents who was visited by agents of endemic diseases and endorsed the initiative.

“I have a lot of plants and in this rainy season I always try to take a look in the pots to see if the water isn’t collecting where it shouldn’t. The idea of ​​the government is excellent, because not everyone is as careful as me, so it ends up being an opportunity for these people to correct the flaws,” he said.

The activities adopted in the Metropolitan Region will be reproduced within the State, through the Regional Health Units (URS) in partnership with the municipalities. Previously mapped locations where a greater presence of Aedes has been identified in its adult phase will also receive space fogging with an ultra low volume (ULV) car, also known as “smoke”.

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