Rotary Club assists with world mosquito program

National 7s rep Jasa Veremalua releases the Wolbachia mosquitoes at Sukuna Park earlier this week. Picture: RAMA

THE Rotary Club of Suva is assisting the World Mosquito Program (WMP) Fiji by enlisting colleagues, family, and friends to grow and release mosquitoes.

This is done in a way to help protect communities from mosquito-borne diseases.

WMP uses mosquitoes with Wolbachia bacteria to help prevent them from transmitting dengue, chikungunya, and zika.

Rotary Club member Glenis Yee said the club was committed to this cause of action by assisting in the release of Wolbachia-carrying mosquitoes.

With support from a Global Grant through the Rotary Club of Townville Sunrise in Australia, participants are provided with capsules filled with Wolbachia-carrying mosquito eggs.

The capsules are placed in water where the eggs develop into mosquitoes, which on release breed with wild mosquitoes, helping to establish Wolbachia in the local mosquito population.