- 45 volunteers worked.
- 4 tons of waste removed.
With the idea of not resting in the fight against the mosquito that transmits dengue, zika and chikungunya, the Chamber of Commerce and Tourism of Tamarindo (CCTT) and other sponsors organized a second preventive campaign to remove sites where the Aedes aegypti mosquito breeds. Four tons of potential mosquito breeding sites were removed.
Forty-five volunteers from Playa Tamarindo and Playa Langosta covered the streets on August 24 and collected tires, plastic and glass containers, boxes and anything else that could incubate mosquito larvae.
During the event, Tamarindo and Langosta’s main roads were canvassed, and a team designed by the CCTT, supported by the Ministry of Health of Santa Cruz, the FuerzaPublica, the Municipality of Santa Cruz and the Nicoya campus of the National University, visited houses, shops, supermarkets, restaurants and other locations to gather materials.
The Costa Rican Tourism Board, National Chamber of Tourism, the Costa Rican Chambers of Restaurants and Hotels as well as Cala Luna, Capitán Suizo, Esplendor, Luamey, Barceló, Casa Cook, Best Western Tamarindo Vista Villas hotels and Patagonia, Pangas and El Patio restaurants supported the work.
Hernán Imhoff, President of the CCTT, said that the 4 tons were moved to the rotunda in Tamarindo and then removed by the local government´s trucks. This is the second time that breeding sites were removed in Tamarindo and Langosta.
Last April, 1.3 tons of waste was removed, which makes a total of 5.3 tons since these efforts began. “We are making strong efforts to fight the breeding sites and to offer a healthy environment to local and foreign visitors.
The results have been encouraging because we have exceeded five tons of waste. This figure demonstrates that the community can organize,” said the President of the CCTT.
Mobilization of volunteers
This year, the Ministry of Health of Santa Cruz has defined 10 priority communities where fumigation, guided visits to houses and shops, breeding sites removal and other actions are to be taken. These activities have already been developed in Cartagena, Santa Cecilia, Buenos Aires, Chorotega, Tulita, San Martín, Arado and Veintisiete de abril. In September, they follow in Villarreal and Potrero.
“We must keep our guard high in this fight: we are in the rainy season. We have found that public institutions and neighbors have been very motivated.
In a successful day, 45 volunteers removed 4 tons of waste. People are realizing the importance of the issue, which is so closely related to tourism, the main source of revenue and employment in the region,” he said. With this work, breeding sites in containers, plastic bottles, tires, electrical devices, aluminum and tetrapak containers, buckets and other debris were removed.
“Developing a joint strategy with people is the best way to apply preventive actions that will reduce the mosquito breeding sites of Aedes aegypti as much as possible.
We are trying to involve more and more people. With this common front, we will be able to win the battle,” said Imhoff.
As of August 17, 2016, the Health Surveillance Directive of the Ministryof Health reported 521 zika cases, 31 of which were brought into the country. Of the total, 17 were pregnant women.
A possible zika-related case of microcephaly, imported from Nicaragua from where the patient comes, is under investigation. The areas where the disease is most present are: Garabito with 135 cases, Orotina with 54, Puntarenas with 50, Esparza with 43 and Santa Cruz with 41.
Invest 10 decisive minutes each day Health authorities call for 10 minutes per day at home and in the work place to remove mosquito breeding sites and therefore prevent the increase of diseases. Pregnant women should not go to areas at risk.
So far this year, the Ministry of Health has found 1,911,330 potential breeding sites, has removed another 643,129, has treated 1,268,201 and has visited 448,614 houses.
The average age of infected people with zika is 32.7 years.
The Health Ministry reports 12,952 dengue cases and that the current serotypes are 1 and 2. The largest number of cases arereported in Atenas, Quepos and Parrita.