Protection against mosquito borne diseases is the responsibility not only for the Ministry of Health but also of families.
This is the call by the Ministry of Health as the Pacific Games approaches.
The Ministry of Health is now undertaking spraying the venues which will be used by the Pacific Games to get rid of the mosquitoes before the athletes and officials descend on Samoa in a few days time.
Mosquitoes are not only irritating because of their bites but they also carry many diseases.
A start has been made with the Games Village at Faleula which was noted to be swarming with mosquitoes according to Sapati Vasa the Senior Sanitation Surveillance Officer with the Ministry of Health.
Yesterday it was the turn of the Sports Complex at Tuanaimato and the other venues will follow.
Vasa said they are not worried about the hotels which do their spraying around the hotel areas every month.
Vasa added that families should also play their part by eliminating the mosquitoes’ breeding places and also cleaning their homes. Breeding places include discarded car tyres, drains and plants which include ornamental plants.
Spraying is also done in the Boxing Venue at Savaii.
Vasa said that doing this is one way the Ministry of Health contributes to the Games.