Two-week National Vector Survey begins in Salalah
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