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Workshop discusses the challenges of the fight against the Aedes aegypti

Published: Tuesday, 30 August 2016 20:51 | Last Updated: Tuesday, 06 December 2016 15:28

Promoted by the National Coordination and Control Room, meeting gathers representatives from the Ministry of Health and other bodies to discuss actions aimed at the fight against the mosquito

On Aug 24-25, the Federal Government organized a workshop in order to discuss actions developed by the National Coordination and Control Room (SNCC) for mobilizing people and for fighting the Aedes aegypti across the country. Ricardo Barros, Ministry of Health, participated in the opening session of the workshop in Brasilia on Thursday (Aug 24) and discussed the measures created to intensify the fight against the mosquito. 

According to the Minister, despite the good results and of the efforts devised to prevent the mosquito from proliferating, it is necessary to maintain mobilization efforts in order to decrease even further the number of cases of dengue fever, chikungunya and zika fever. "We hope that now, with the arrival of summer, people remain alert so that we can move forward in an assertive way and refrain this epidemic", stated Barros. 

This meeting will be attended by coordinator of state control rooms and executive secretaries of all other departments with representatives in these rooms, in addition to representatives CONASS, CONASEMS, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), and other authorities. 

"The fight against the Aedes aegypti mosquito cannot be stopped, regardless of the period we are going through", highlighted Antônio Nardi, executive secretary of the Ministry of Health. The purpose is - by means of exchanging experiences - to discuss the actions carried out in the first semester and define the next steps in the fight against the mosquito that carries the dengue fever, chikungunya and zika fever viruses, in addition to presenting advances in the segments of research, health care and mobilization efforts in the National Plan for Confronting Microcephaly. 

The SNCC is coordinated by the Ministry of Health and is composed by representatives of the Ministry of Defense, Ministry of Integration, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Social and Agricultural Development, the Office to the Chief of Staff and the Office to the General Secretary of the Presidency. Currently, all States and the Federal District have their respective control rooms, and 1,620 municipalities have implemented this same structure on a local level. States continue to monitor inspections at homes and participate in video conferences with the National Control Room.

In the first half of 2016, the National Control Room carried out activities with the 27 State Control Rooms, providing orientations and promoting the four cycles of inspections to private and public real estate properties in Brazil. The room also articulated inter-segment discussions on matters such as the disassembly of abandoned wagons, the elimination of solid waste and water supply and storage.

Between July and December, other actions are expected, such as activities for the removal of solid waste - such as joint efforts aimed at collecting tires - and the maintenance of partnerships with Banco do Brasil, Caixa Econômica, the Ministry of the Environment, the Ministry of Cities and Funasa, in addition to activities that aim at eliminating possible breeding spots.

MOBILIZATION - The Ministry of Health has been joining efforts in the fight against the Aedes aegypti mosquito, urging public administrators and the population to take action. The Federal Government has mobilized all federal bodies to act in a joint effort in this fight, with the participation of State and Municipal governments as well. This year, several actions were organized in partnership with other bodies and entities, such as a mobilization effort by 220,000 members of the Armed Forces and mobilization efforts in schools, which began their school years providing orientations to students on how to prevent the illnesses transmitted by the mosquito from spreading, in addition to a cleaning effort promoted by the Federal Government with public servants, the purpose of which was to inspect and eliminate possible breeding spots for the mosquito in public buildings. 

In the fourth cycle of the campaign against the carrier (in May and June), the teams engaged in the fight against the Aedes aegypti mosquito inspected 82.5% of Brazilian real estate properties. This amounts to 46.7 million houses, public buildings, commercial buildings and industrial buildings that have been effectively inspected, in addition to 8.6 million properties that were closed or whose owners denied access.  
Throughout the country, visits to real estate properties are carried out by a permanent team of 266,200 community health agents and endemic diseases control agents, with support provided by the Armed Forces. There are also team professionals assigned by states and municipalities, such as Civil Defense members and firefighters.

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