THE Municipal Health Department of Rio de Janeiro (SMS-Rio)in partnership with the Sub-prefectures of Grande Tijuca and Zona Norte, Primary Care Coordinationcommunity leaders and health surveillance agents carried out, this Thursday (10/3), actions for the prevention and control of arboviruses transmitted by the Aedes aegypti in the neighborhoods of Grajaú and Vicar Geral, both in North area from the city. Residents of both neighborhoods have been educated by health teams on preventing the spread of arboviruses, which can cause dengue fever, zika and chikungunya, in addition to conducting visits to properties and public places to eliminate mosquito outbreaks. Wins had 250 professionals.
A total of 1,323 properties were visited in the two neighborhoods and in 4 of them mosquito outbreaks were eliminated. In addition, health workers removed materials from some homes that could serve as breeding grounds for Aedes aegypti. During the incursions, professionals promoted other health actions, such as vaccination against Covid-19, in addition to presenting educational stands to raise awareness among the population of ways to avoid the presence of Aedes aegypti.
The municipal clerk of Health, Daniel Soranzwho followed the work of the agents, highlighted the difficulties encountered by the ministry during the 2 years of the pandemic, when people were isolated at home and did not allow health workers to provide any assistance against the proliferation of Aedes aegypti, for example fear of being contaminated by Covid-19..
“The last two years have been very difficult for the Municipal Department of Health. Professionals had to change their work characteristics a lot, people were afraid to let us into their homes and catch Covid-19. Everyone was scared and so were we. But everything we have experienced has shown us the strength of the SUS and the relevance of the work we are developing. Therefore, it is very important to be able to resume actions like these and also to take care of other public health problems, such as the prevention of arboviruses”, Soranz said.
Other neighborhoods like iraja, Realengo and humaita, have already received the health teams in recent weeks. In the next few days, other districts of the city will receive the supervision of professionals from the Town Hall. Next Tuesday (3/15) an action will take place at Anchieta; on Wednesday (16/3), at Health; on Thursday (17/3), at Itanhanga; and on Friday (18/3), at sepetiba.
The municipal health service promotes actions against Aedes aegypti throughout the year, with particular emphasis on summer, a season in which an explosive combination of the emergence of mosquito breeding grounds occurs. : rain and heat. Environmental health monitoring teams have already made more than 1.4 million property visits since the beginning of 2022, having eliminated more than 200,000 mosquito breeding sites.