Even in the driest times, work does not stop on the Aedes aegypti mosquito, which causes dengue, chikungunya and the Zika virus. At Itupeva, in addition to the actions carried out by the zoonoses control unit teams, community health agents are instrumental in controlling this vector.
It is common for standing water to accumulate in homes or ditches near dwellings, as well as in vases, ponds or abandoned tires, creating an ideal environment for mosquitoes to spread. To combat these diseases, agents go out daily, from house to house, to carry out inspections and advise residents.
The Minister of Health, Giuliana Mantovani, commented on the importance of the work. “This work is done jointly with the residents. “Our employees play an important role, but the homework should also be done by the citizens,” she added.
Community health agents eliminate mosquito infestations and direct families not to leave standing water in places where mosquitoes breed. One of them was the home of Sandra Louisa Geisler, a resident of the Portal Santa Fe neighborhood. “I think it is very good and important that the community health agents come to visit the homes. Here at home we are always very careful, but there are people who don’t, so these measures are important. We also have to take care of the environment and our health, dengue is not easy.”
Valmir Godoy, who lives in the Portal Santa Fe neighborhood, also expressed his satisfaction with the visits made by the agents. “This work is so important, I think it’s great! Agents give us the right guidance to prevent an outbreak. We are so focused on COVID-19 that we forget about dengue.”
more In addition to instructions, agents are able to determine the needs of the population in terms of consultations or vaccinations, and the ability to refer to the nearest health center.
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