The municipality of Santa Fe carried out 640 blockades against dengue in 65 neighborhoods of the provincial capital – El Santafesino

The municipality of Santa Fe carried out 640 blockades against dengue in 65 neighborhoods of the provincial capital – El Santafesino
The municipality of Santa Fe carried out 640 blockades against dengue in 65 neighborhoods of the provincial capital – El Santafesino

At the Belgrano Station, the Program to Address Diseases Transmitted by Mosquitoes and Their Vector Aedes Aegypti was presented. Likewise, what was done in the dengue epidemic and other diseases transmitted by mosquitoes in the first half of 2024 was presented.

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Mayor Juan Pablo Poletti led the launch of the Program to Address Diseases Transmitted by Mosquitoes and Their Vector Aedes Aegipty. The meeting was attended by provincial and municipal officials and a large group of municipal employees and volunteers who worked territorially. Likewise, an assessment was made of the actions during the dengue epidemic and other mosquito-borne diseases in the first half of 2024.

In this context, the president praised the work that was carried out together and anticipated that the prevention tasks to avoid contagion will continue throughout the year: “Dengue is no longer biannual, now we will have it almost every year. For this reason, the commitment of the Undersecretary of Health is to be able to talk about dengue now, even though we are in winter, and to be able to plan what the actions will be. This work schedule includes popular awareness, citizen awareness to also be able to commit the citizen to help with what is within their reach to the obligations that the municipality has.”

Poletti said: “I sincerely thank you continuously because many areas that are not only health-related worked on this. Areas and delegations went to blockade, cut weeds, fumigate. Universities, nursing schools, really a lot of volunteers joined in, and I also want to highlight the joint work that was carried out with the Province. It was a daily task of permanent interrelation that allowed us to have one of the lowest mortality rates in the Argentine Republic,” Poletti concluded.

For his part, the Municipal Health Undersecretary, Carlos Strada, referred to the importance of communication in preventing the multiplication of dengue cases: “Communication is an important part of this entire campaign, because during the epidemic stage, communication is aimed at the symptoms, preventing the patient from going to the health provider immediately, but now in this inter-epidemic stage we have to maintain awareness because otherwise people forget that dengue exists.”

In line with this, the official anticipated that, in reality, “dengue continues to exist because there are still containers with water and that is what we have to combat, the issue of junk or useless items that we have in vacant lots, so communication is essential to continue supporting an intense awareness campaign.”

Actions during the inter-epidemic stage

During the presentation, information was provided on the work that the municipality is carrying out during the inter-epidemic stage:

-Removal of unusable containers from homes, assisted “descacharrado” in neighborhoods where there were outbreaks, and in areas where ovitraps have tested positive during the epidemic stage. Then according to the beginning of the vector’s activity. Annual schedule.

-Environmental sanitation: cleaning of micro-dumps, maintenance of public spaces, squares, storm drains, gutters, control of private spaces: tire shops, nurseries, scrap yards, weeding:

-Entomological monitoring: weekly survey of ovitraps, special monitoring of activity to detect the start of oviposition and neighborhoods with increased risk.

-Health promotion: training, workshops, preparation of work teams and volunteers for the epidemic stage, coordination with actors in the notification and care circuit, coordination with territorial entities.

-Working with travelers: bus terminal, local hotel, gastronomy and tourism services.

Recognition

After the presentation, the mayor and municipal officials gave recognition to the volunteers who joined the blocking and junk removal work carried out at the time of the May demand. They are members of the “Rosa Carmen All” Higher School of Nursing, the Higher Institute of Nursing Career, the CETED Institute of Nursing Career, the Argentine Red Cross Nursing Career, the Higher Professional Institute No. 67 Yapeyú Nursing Career, the UNL Health Equity Volunteer Group, in addition to workers from various municipal areas: COBEM, Social Economy, Sports, Lifeguards, Stations, among others.

The importance of prevention

It is worth noting that, from the Municipal Health Promotion Department, together with Pest Control and Animal Welfare, 640 blocking actions were carried out in 65 neighborhoods of the city. This involves home interventions with health education, searching for other people with fever, assisted junk removal (advice and removal of useless objects that accumulate water in homes), and home and peridomiciliary fumigation. More than 15,000 homes were visited, of which about 56% were able to be intervened with all these measures.

In this context, work began on an action plan that focuses especially on prevention and promotion to reduce the possible incidence of cases in the milder seasons: spring and summer. Assisted junk removal tasks were initiated in the neighborhoods most affected during the epidemic stage, that is, those with a high number of dengue cases.

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