Qatar to launch survey on disease-carrying insects

April 07, 2014 - 4:02:16 am

DOHA: The Supreme Council of Health (SCH) will soon launch a national survey on vectors — flies, insects etc — that cause the spread of various diseases and pose a threat to public health.

The announcement came on the occasion of the World Health Day that is being observed in Qatar and worldwide today under the slogan “Small bite Big threat.”

The SCH said yesterday that it will organise a series of activities to raise public awareness about vectors and vector-borne diseases as part of the World Health Day.

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), more than half the world’s population is at risk from diseases such as malaria, dengue, leishmaniasis, lyme disease, schistosomiasis, and yellow fever, carried by mosquitoes, flies, ticks, water snails and other vectors.

Every year, more than one billion people are infected and more than one million die from vector-borne diseases.

SCH said that the proposed survey will be carried out in collaboration with the Ministry of Municipality and Urban Planning, Ministry of Environment and Qatar University.

The survey will continue for two years to gather facts for creating a scientific data base on vectors in Qatar that will help in developing plans to fight them and stop their seasonal breeding, it added. A technical team will be formed to supervise implementation of this joint research projects with representatives from all the bodies concerned. 

The Peninsula

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