NATION

Wolbachia capsules to aid mosquito fight

The World Mosquito Programme is stepping up the fight against disease-carrying mosquitoes. At an event in Suva yesterday, the WMP in conjunction with the Ministry of Health and World Health
21 Oct 2018 13:55
Wolbachia capsules to aid mosquito fight
Dengue fever is spread through mosquito bites

The World Mosquito Programme is stepping up the fight against disease-carrying mosquitoes.

At an event in Suva yesterday, the WMP in conjunction with the Ministry of Health and World Health Organisation released capsules containing Wolbachia-carrying mosquito eggs and food.

WMP’s Aminiasi Tavui said the programme would work with Rotarians over the next six months to provide capsules containing Wolbachia-carrying mosquito eggs to households within the project area.

“Today most of you will be taking home capsules carrying Wolbachia eggs,” he said.

“You will be directly assisting the hard work of the WMP team in Fiji by helping distribute these capsules to households across Lami-Suva-Nakasi, empowering the community to help protect themselves against mosquito- borne diseases.

“Households that receive a capsule will place it in water where the eggs will develop into adult mosquitoes and these Wolbachia-carrying mosquitoes will breed wild mosquitoes in the area, helping to establish Wolbachia in the local mosquito population.”

Mr Tavui said long-term monitoring showed that Wolbachia was self sustaining at high levels in the majority of our international project sites up to seven years after release.

These areas have not experienced any dengue outbreaks.

“In our Suva-Nausori and Lami corridor we have been releasing Wolbachia-carrying mosquitoes since August 2018 and the support and commitment from the Rotary Club of Suva will greatly benefit us in progressing this effort,” Mr Tavui said.

He said WMP was honoured to welcome the Rotary Club of Suva which joined the fight to reduce these diseases.

“The Rotary Club of Suva will directly assist us in our work by mobilising locals to grow and release mosquitoes with Wolbachia around their homes,” said Mr Tavui.

He said WMP Fiji was proud and privileged to have been offered this kind support.

Rotary Club of Suva members are enlisting colleagues, family and friends to grow and release mosquitoes as a novel way to help protect communities from mosquito-borne diseases.

Edited by Epineri Vula

Feedback: swashna.chand@fijisun.com.fj

Fiji Sun Instagram
Subscribe-to-Newspaper
error: