Two-week Na­tional Vec­tor Sur­vey be­gins in Salalah

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A two-week sur­vey to mon­i­tor vec­tors has be­gun in Salalah.

Or­gan­ised by the Min­istry of Health (MoH), the sur­vey that be­gan on Mon­day will iden­tify sites and cre­ate a data­base of vec­tors in each area of the wilayat. The in­sect sur­vey strat­egy also aims to con­trol the de­tected breed­ing sites and po­ten­tial foci to present spread of dis­eases.

Ti­tled, Na­tional Vec­tor Sur­vey, the cam­paign is be­ing con­ducted by MoH’s Di­rec­torate Gen­eral of Dis­eases Sur­veil­lance & Con­trol (DGDSC) and the Di­rec­torate Gen­eral of Health Ser­vices of Dho­far Gov­er­norate.

The cer­e­mony was held un­der the pa­tron­age of H E Dr Ahmed bin Mo­hammed bin Obaid al Sa’eedi, Min­is­ter of Health, in the pres­ence of Dr Ak­je­mal Mag­ty­mova, World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion Rep­re­sen­ta­tive to Oman.

The sur­vey will di­vide the wilayat into ar­eas ac­cord­ing to the ge­og­ra­phy and cen­sus and cover all sites in each square in­clud­ing houses, es­tab­lish­ments, farms, streets, drainage canals,

open ar­eas and beaches.

For houses and es­tab­lish­ments, a spe­cialised team of the sur­vey will ex­am­ine the po­ten­tial mos­quito breed­ing sites in­side and around the court­yard only.

With the sur­vey, the min­istry seeks to achieve the in­te­grated and suc­cess­ful man­age­ment of these vec­tors. Dr Saif bin Ahmed al Abri, di­rec­tor gen­eral, DGDSC, clar­i­fied that Dho­far has been cho­sen for the sur­vey due to its ge­o­graph­i­cal di­ver­sity, the ex­is­tence of ur­ban pop­u­la­tion, steppes and moun­tain ar­eas.

The sur­vey will di­vide the wilayat into ar­eas ac­cord­ing to the ge­og­ra­phy and cen­sus

H E Dr Ahmed al Sa'eedi (right) launched the sur­vey in Salalah

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