A snapshot of Vector Control – a function of Environmental Health Practitioners

A snapshot of Vector Control – a function of Environmental Health Practitioners

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“Today I am going to be speaking about one of the nine (9) functional areas of Municipal Health Services, which is Vector Controlling. Some interesting statistics – according to research, vector-borne diseases account for approximately 17% of the estimated global burden of infectious diseases. Now, what are these vectors? Vectors include insects or animals that spread an infectious disease through a bite or contact with urine, faeces, blood or other body excretions or fluids. Vectors include mosquitoes, flies, ticks, rodents, cockroaches or fleas. Diseases spread by vectors include malaria, Dengue fever, Zika virus, Yellow fever, Rift Valley fever and plague. The role of an Environmental Health Practitioner in vector controlling is to; one, understand the vector, and how it transmits infectious pathogens; two – to monitor the possible existence of environmental factors that can create a conducive environment for vectors; three – to conduct case investigations of vectors; lastly – health education on preventative measures. Preventative measures for pest control include proper waste management, good housekeeping, and elimination or removal of conducive environments that will lead to the breeding of pests. It is of utmost importance for businesses to have a pest control programme in place.

The effective execution of pest control programmes must be regularly monitored. Therefore, EHPs appeal to the public to report any nuisance caused by vectors to the Municipal Health Section of Garden Route District Municipality on 044 803 1300,” – Lusizo Kwetshube, Environmental Health Practitioner, Garden Route District Municipality.

Regional contact numbers of EHP Chiefs:

๐—›๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—พ๐˜‚๐—ฎ ๐—ฅ๐—ฒ๐—ด๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป: ๐— ๐—ฟ. ๐—›๐—ฎ๐—ฒ๐—บ๐—ถ๐˜€๐—ต ๐—›๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜„๐—ฒ๐—น๐˜€ – Cell: +27(0)83 678 6545
๐— ๐—ผ๐˜€๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—น ๐—•๐—ฎ๐˜†: ๐— ๐—ฟ. ๐—ฆ๐—ฎ๐—บ ๐—•๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ฑ๐—น๐—ฒ – Cell: +27(0)83 630 6108
๐—š๐—ฒ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ด๐—ฒ ๐—ข๐˜‚๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ถ๐—พ๐˜‚๐—ฎ: ๐— ๐˜€. ๐—˜๐—บ๐—บ๐˜† ๐——๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ด๐—น๐—ฎ๐˜€ – Cell: +27(0)78 457 2824
๐—š๐—ฒ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ด๐—ฒ ๐—ช๐—ถ๐—น๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜€: ๐— ๐—ฟ. ๐—ฃ๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—ฅ๐—ฎ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ต – Cell: +27(0)83 644 8858
๐—ž๐—ป๐˜†๐˜€๐—ป๐—ฎ ๐—ฅ๐—ฒ๐—ด๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป: ๐— ๐—ฟ. ๐—๐—ฎ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐˜€ ๐— ๐—ฐ๐—–๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐˜๐—ต๐˜† – Cell: +27(0)82 805 9417
๐—•๐—ถ๐˜๐—ผ๐˜‚ ๐—ฅ๐—ฒ๐—ด๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป: ๐— ๐—ฟ. ๐—š๐—ฎ๐˜„๐—ถ๐—ฒ ๐—ฉ๐—ผ๐˜€ – Cell: +27(0)83 557 1522
๐—ž๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐—ž๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—ผ: ๐— ๐—ฟ. ๐——๐—ฒ๐˜€๐—บ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ฃ๐—ฎ๐˜‚๐—น๐˜€๐—ฒ – Cell: +27(0)83 678 6530

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