Rotary club joins mosquito program

Gus Hazelman and Micah Tuitoga holding onto capsules filled with Wolbachia-carrying mosquito eggs. These capsules will then be placed in water where the eggs will develop into mosquitoes before release. Picture: JOVESA NAISUA

REDUCING the risks of dengue, chikugunya and zika virus is a big challenge and will take time, says World Mosquito Program (WMP) Fiji project coordinator Aminiasi Tavui.

He highlighted this yesterday as members of the Rotary Club of Suva joined the WMP on the fight to help protect communities from mosquito-borne diseases.

The club would now assist WMP to grow and release Wolbachia-carrying mosquitoes.

According to WMP, this practice was environmentally-friendly, self-sustaining and compatible with mosquito control methods such as the removal of its breeding sites.

* More on this story in today’s edition (Sunday, October 21, 2018) of The Sunday Times.

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