Destroy mosquito habitat

ALL forms of rubbish and household items lying in compounds with the ability to hold stagnant water is a suitable breeding place for dengue mosquitoes.

Therefore, the Ministry of Health and Medical Services has called on people in the North to take time to destroy mosquito habitats in their surroundings in order to control the spread of the disease.

In a statement, the ministry said people needed to clear leaves and other rubbish from roof gutters and around the house including old tyres.

People have been advised not to leave empty tins, bottles, buckets or drums lying around and to ensure that they are turned upside down to prevent the formation of stagnant water.

“Cover stored water drums securely and cut long grass,” the statement advised the general public.

“Remove potential indoor breeding habitats including vases, water tray under fridges, empty bottles and cans including stored water.”

People have been advised by the ministry to seek medical attention if they think they may have contracted dengue fever.

“Patients should refrain from taking Aspirin or Ibuprofen or any other pain medicine without checking with a doctor as these treatments can increase the risk of bleeding because they work to thin the blood.”

Symptoms of Dengue: Nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, headache, eye pain, muscle or joint pains, headaches, pain behind eyes, rash, swollen grands, diarrhoea, generally feeling unwell (malaise)

Severe Dengue Symptoms : Abdominal pain, Persistent vomiting, vomiting blood, rapid breathing, fatigue/ restlessness.

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