DENPASAR ~ Denpasar City Mayor I B Rai Mantra joined other officials to supervise a fogging programme aimed at preventing dengue fever-carrying mosquitoes from breeding, an official said.
Head of Denpasar city Health Department Dr. Luh Sri Armini said 364 fogging machines were used during the mass fogging last Saturday, which included four subdistricts of Denpasar.
According to Dr. Armini, dengue fever is worrisome for the community and it was important that people were aware of the prevention methods that were being undertaken.
She said several factors were to blame for the high number of dengue cases in Denpasar: population density, a large amount of empty land and houses as well as residents’ lack of participation in maintaining a clean, healthy environment.
“Fogging is only partly effective as it only kills mature mosquitoes and is much more effective when carried out as part of a plan that includes draining, burying and closing potential breeding areas,” Dr. Armini said.
Mayor I B Rai Mantra said fogging and other steps must continue to be carried out to keep the number of dengue cases low.
“Compared to last year we have had 50 percent fewer dengue cases this month,” he said.
He made a plea to the community to keep their surroundings clean and free from possible mosquito breeding grounds.