|Martissant; the fight against disease carriers goes on|
With the ongoing help from the Public Health and Population Ministry, more precisely the National Program Against Malaria (PNCM), the anti-vector fight continues in Martissant. Within the framework of its program of vector-spread diseases, the Right to Health project brought together seven districts represented by members of different organisations. Training workshops were presented last October 16 and 18, by two staff members of PNCM, with the aim of helping participants to better understand the environment they live in.
Those sessions made it possible for participants to better distinguish the differences between natural larval sites and artificial ones created by men. They learned about the local environment, types of mosquitoes; how to identify the different diseases caused by those insects; treatment; the safe use of insecticides and treatment of sites; and finally the use of fumigation.
As a follow-up to this workshop, the districts of Martissant were divided into action teams on the terrain. The teams will take action on diagnostics, treatment and prevention. The larval stage treatments and aerial spraying are being done by workers for the prevention and reduction of transmission of malaria or other diseases caused by mosquito bites. The motivation and hard work of those agents was the basis for the success of the enterprise.
Each year, some 216 million people contract malaria and 655 thousand die from this disease. In 2010, around half of the world population was exposed. In Haiti, the national day against malaria is celebrated on June 28. This day is a time to rethink our involvement in the fight, which is a humanitarian world effort.
It is important that the local population collaborate in the reduction of larval sites and proceed in their elimination by fill or clean-up. Some homes are at risk, because of their proximity to infected sites. Measures have to be taken to better manage those spaces to eliminate the threats.
This entity of the Health Ministry was formerly known as the SNEM (National Major Endemic Service). Today, with a little help from the World Fund, it hopes to increase its efficiency for more concrete results.