The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) will continue campaigning for Bangkokians to get rid of standing water, which provides perfect conditions for mosquitoes, after 1,550 people were reported to have caught dengue and one patient succumbed to the virus earlier this year, a senior BMA official said on Monday.
Chawin Sirinak, director of the BMA’s Health Department, said the 1,550 patients, who had caught the virus between January 6 and April 27, were aged between five and 14.
Chawin said the 50 BMA district offices and 68 community clinics will continue campaigning for the eradication of mosquito breeding grounds throughout the year. The first such campaign was held in February, an another two are scheduled for August and November.
As parts of the campaign, the residents of 4,067 communities, 1,547 schools, 452 temples, 992 hospitals and clinics and some 30,000 to 40,000 work places will be informed to stay alert of a possible dengue outbreak and to get rid of stored water.
He said the district offices will also urge residents to regularly use mosquito-killing spray, as well as ensure there are no mosquito larvae in water-storage receptacles.