The number of positive dengue cases in Chapeco continues to increase and reached 340 on Friday, nine times what it was in the same period last year. In the face of the deteriorating situation, with the number of those affected increasing and seeking medical care, the municipal administration held a mobilization meeting on Thursday.
The meeting brought together Mayor João Rodriguez, the ministers of civil defense, municipal guards, health watchdogs, counsellors, religious leaders, teachers and directors of the Ministry of Education, among others. “We appeal to everyone, for teachers to talk to students, to students to talk to their parents, to priests and priests to summon believers, for everyone to search their homes and eliminate mosquito breeding sites, which may be in a corner of the neighborhood or on a rooftop,” Rodrigues said.
Last year, in addition to the ongoing work already underway, ten group efforts have been made, helping to keep the disease under control, even as the disease spreads further, said Environmental Health Monitoring Coordinator Karina Giacchini. The number of outbreaks. But at the beginning of the year, the situation worsened and that is why the community was invited to cooperate. “We have 104,000 properties in the municipality and we are seeing outbreaks in the neighborhoods of Ivabe, El Dorado and Vila Real, we are making joint efforts, we apply smoke, but it is not enough and we need every one to eliminate any potty with water,” Karina said.
This Saturday, new measures aimed at identifying and eliminating outbreaks of Aedes aegypti will be implemented in several neighborhoods. The Director of Health Surveillance, Rodrigo Momoli, cites that half of Aedes aegypti outbreaks are found in the garbage. He explained that the procedure, which started on Thursday, is to inspect the facilities that are considered strategic points, such as tire shops, flower shops, scrap yards and the auto parts trade. Anyone who does not take action to eliminate breeding sites will be notified and fined.
The Minister of Health, Luis Carlos Balsan, announced that 30 new endemic workers will be hired on an emergency basis, for a period of 90 days, to reinforce the workforce, which currently has a strength of about 60 agents. In addition, the Santa Catarina Epidemiological Control Board (DIVE) will strengthen actions in the region, where already neighboring municipalities are also in an epidemic situation. The need to use insect repellents, especially in children, has been identified.
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