The Ministry of Health has made major strides in the fight against vector born diseases which has experienced a gradual decrease in vector disease cases since the early 20’s. As part of their seasonal strategy for dengue and other vector born diseases, the Ministry of Health had included a brand new fleet of vehicles equipped with UVL spraying machines. Each district has a minimum of two vehicles, except for Beliz,e which has four. In addition, the Vector Control Unit has added seasonal workers to complement the 61 workers that are on the ground. However according to Dr. Francis Murray, the fight against malaria, chickingunya and dengue, which are born by mosquitoes and other insects and rodents, cannot be won without community involvement.
“Prevention is one of the best things that we can do as a community and as members of a community. The message that we are relaying to you all and asking your support is to advice the public to clean up their yards. Advise the community to come toegther and do clean up campagins. Take this message farther to the leaders of the community, the leaders in the corrisponding districts, the town councils, chairmans in the villages and towns coucils to organize clean up campagins. If you noticed some of the figures that Mr. Bautista has presented, most of these are in the large towns; Punta Gorda Town, Sam Ignacio Town, Belize City, and he has indicated hot spots – streets in Belize City, Streets and various neghborhoods in all the other districts, that need vigerous and increase efforts in cleaning up the area. This is one of the prevention methods as Belizeans to clean up the area.”
As part of their vector control campaign, over the past months, the Ministry of health has trained over 300 community health workers and volunteers to identify, report and prevent vector borne disease.