Noting that even a puddle of water on the flowerpot can cause at least 300 mosquitoes to become volatile in a week, the experts underlined that citizens have a great responsibility in this regard.
The announcement by WHO that the new pandemic can be transmitted by carriers such as flies and ticks after the Covid-19 pandemic caused uneasiness in a large part of the society. Manisa Metropolitan Municipality Health Affairs Department, which successfully fights with insects such as flies, insects and ticks, has started to increase its meticulous work with the warming of the weather. The teams, which carry out the fight against vectors very effectively, eliminate the pests while they are larvae, with chemical pesticides in stagnant waters where there is no living population, and biological spraying in waters with a living population. Manisa Metropolitan Municipality Health Affairs Department Head Erhan İnce and Pest Control Branch Manager Firuze Ak examined the studies on site.
“IT MADE US MUCH DANGEROUS”
Noting that the statement made by WHO worried them, Manisa Metropolitan Municipality Health Affairs Department Head Erhan İnce said, “The latest statement made by the World Health Organization, as the Manisa Metropolitan Municipality Health Affairs Department, made us nervous as well. WHO said that the beginning of the next pandemic will be transmitted by abroviruses, that is, by carriers such as flies and ticks. Here, it was stated that there is a re-start of a pandemic in the community with pathogens such as Zika and Dengue fever. Regarding this, we have taken our precautions before. We made a quick start to this season by making our re-evaluations. We held the fight against vectors coordination board meetings 3 times and prepared our provincial action plan. In this direction, we have implemented a useful action plan in our province with the cooperation of not only us but also other institutions.”
“CITIZEN’S SUPPORT IS VERY IMPORTANT”
Saying, “It is a fact that vectors threaten public health with the viruses they carry,” İnce said, “The support of our citizens is very important for us. Stagnant waters and polluted waters are a great risk for us here. If we keep a bucket of water in the open in our garden, an old car tire or under our flowers, the mosquitoes come here, lay their eggs, and we cause 300 mosquitoes to become volatile within 7 to 10 days, depending on the temperature. In other words, we produce our own fly with our own hands. Our citizens should pay attention to this, we should prevent mosquito breeding by emptying them as soon as possible, taking into account the water under the pots, an open bucket, the situations that may pose a risk after they become stagnant water in their garden, balcony or terrace. Let’s not breed our own fly. Let’s start with the slogan of “Let’s protect our health with a clean environment”. We especially ask that they do not throw household wastes in areas such as the riverside and DSI canal. These block the flow of water here and become a mass breeding ground here. In order to make our work more effective and efficient, we want our citizens not to throw garbage in these areas in order not to create stagnant water. Recently, we see that individual pools have increased with the increasing construction. Individual ponds and ponds become breeding grounds for mosquitoes when not in use. For this, they need to perform disinfection and cleaning on a regular basis. If they do not use the ornamental pond, they can fill it with soil and turn it into a flower garden.”
“ZIKA VIRUS DANGER”
Explaining that Turkey has started to experience the effects of global warming very closely, İnce said: “As an effect of global warming, the Asian Tiger Mosquito, which was previously seen in tropical climates, has started to be seen in our country as well. The biggest feature of this Asian Tiger Mosquito is that it is a very effective mosquito at the point of carrying the Zika virus. Since our country is entering a tropical climate, our citizens should be more careful and sensitive. One of the biggest characteristics of this mosquito is that it is aggressive. Due to this feature, there is a situation such as an increase in diseases with the increase of vectors, since it is prone to humans or other living things. That’s why we expect more sensitivity from our citizens.”