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Raul Castro Calls For More Discipline In Combating The Mosquito That Transmits Zika

Calls For More Discipline In Combating The Mosquito That
Transmits Zika / EFE, 14ymedio
Posted on March 8, 2016

EFE / 14ymedio, Havana, 7 March 2016 – Cuban Raul Castro urged
an increase in discipline and acting “energetically” against the
unfinished and “constant” hygiene campaign undertaken on the island to
combat the mosquito that transmits the Zika virus and other illnesses,
according to the official media on Monday.

“This cannot be one more campaign,” said Raul Castro during a meeting he
chaired at the Ministry of Public to analyze the measures taken
throughout the country to avoid the spread of diseases transmitted by
the Aedes Aegypti mosquito, according to the state newspaper Granma.

At that meeting the health authorities, the government, the ruling
Communist Party, and the Revolutionary Armed Forces (FAR), the Cuban
president said that it is “vital to ensure that everything is being done
well, with integrity and that it is maintained over time.”

He also classified the situation of garbage collection in Havana as
“chronic,” with 23,800 cubic meters of trash generated every day, of
which 6,300 remain in the street for lack of trucks.

Castro ordered a “final solution” to this project, “without
improvisations” and with “discipline” in the scheduling, the repairs and
maintenance of the equipment dedicated to this service in the country’s

For several weeks, Cuba has been developing an action program that
includes the mobilization of 9,000 troops from the Revolutionary Armed
Forces and 200 with fumigations and inspections in homes and
workplaces to confront the viruses that cause Zika, fever and

At the meeting with health authorities, the government, the Communist
Party, the Revolutionary Armed Forces (FAR), the Ministry of Interior
and social organizations in the provinces, he recalled that so far Cuban
has had two cases of the Zika virus imported from and “active”
vigilance is being maintained over “non-specific fever syndromes.”

It was also learned from the daily media that more than 800 active
police have participated in the campaign to take action against those
who refuse to fumigate and take sanitation actions in their homes and yards.

According to the report, at the end of the second cycle of the hygiene
campaigh 12,737 homes were reported as unfumigated because they were
closed, due to “inadequate planning” of the work and “deficiencies” in
the notices to residents, and frequent “failures” to meet the
established schedule.

Health authorities have explained through the local media that the
objective of the plan is to fight the Aedes aegypti and Aedes
albopictus mosquitoes, transmitting agents of these diseases, as both
are present in several areas of the island.

On 22 February, President of Cuba Raul Castro urged Cubans to take as “a
personal matter” fighting the mosquito that transmits these diseases in
a statement entitled Call To Our People, reported in the mainstream
media of the island.

Source: Raul Castro Calls For More Discipline In Combating The Mosquito
That Transmits Zika / EFE, 14ymedio | Translating Cuba –

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