Tainan mayor hits the streets in battle against dengue fever
Tainan Mayor William Lai ( ) on Saturday led public health and environmental officials on a visit to residential and market areas, advising people on ways of preventing further spread of dengue fever in the city which has recorded 1,552 cases so far this year.
Since early August, the mosquitoborne disease has been spreading rapidly in Tainan, with 1,200 new cases confirmed in the past 20 days.
Lai checked the drains in the basement parking area of a supermarket in Tainan’s northern district, where the outbreak has been most severe over the past weeks. The supermarket was immediately penalized as the mayor and environmental officials found mosquito larvae in the drains.
Mayor Lai asked the supermarket to set up a dengue fever emergency center and report to a district office every day about its environmental management.
Using the case as an example, Lai gave a directive for all district offices to check on sanitation in their neighborhoods regularly and get rid of mosquito breeding grounds such as water containers.
In the battle against the spread of dengue, some Tainan residents have been using paradise fish — nature’s expert mosquito hunters - to get rid of mosquito larvae. Local aquarium shops have donated 1,000 paradise fishes to two district offices in the hope that the fish will rid the drains, ponds and low-lying areas of mosquito larvae.