Saudi Gazette report
MAKKAH — The Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs executed a number of environmental health projects this year to support efforts to tackle dengue fever.
The ministry’s teams focused on identifying areas of mosquito infestations and formulating necessary plans to combat them. These included stagnant waters, under-construction buildings, public parks and rain water channels amongst others.
The ministry has adopted international expertise in its efforts and has utilized methods used in international pest management. These efforts were successful in preventing the spread of diseases to other areas of the Kingdom.
The campaign is being coordinated with the ministries of health, agriculture and finance, and with various municipalities.
The steps taken include utilizing engineering and biological methods to minimize the use of chemicals harmful to environment.
The ministry said specialized cadre and equipment are available to execute the programs.
The ministry also pointed to the importance of educating the public on the methods of combating mosquitoes and preventive measures.
The ministry added that a number of projects have been awarded to monitor and classify harmful insects and pests in the western region. Similar projects are planned for other areas in the Kingdom.