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WHO gives test kits

Torika Tokalau
Wednesday, February 26, 2014

THE World Health Organization has provided the Ministry of Health with 10,000 dengue test kits.

WHO Division of Pacific Technical Support emerging disease surveillance and response representative Dr Eric Nilles said they would provide MOH with another 5000 this week.

Several private medical practitioners, however, have said there was a shortage of dengue test kits available.

"10,000 dengue tests from December 2013 to present, another 5000 tests will be supplied this week," Dr Nilles said.

He said they had spent $US75,000 ($F140,265) on the test kits.

Meanwhile, WHO believes the insecticide spraying is an emergency vector control measure for the destroying of mosquito breeding places.

"Applying insecticides as space spraying during outbreaks is one of the WHO recommended emergency vector control measures.

"This method is applied to kill adult mosquitoes."

Dr Nilles said MOH was also applying other recommended methods such as cleaning, discarding or applying safe chemicals to water containers to get rid of mosquito breeding places and to kill these mosquitoes when they are in their baby stage (larvae) in water.