The Ministry of Health (MOH), represented by the Directorate General of Diseases Surveillance & Control (DGDSC) and the Directorate General of Health Services of Dhofar Governorate launched today (Monday) the National Vector Survey at the Millennium Resort Salalah.
The launching ceremony of the National Survey, which is running for two-week in Salalah, held under the patronage of H.E. Dr. Ahmed bin Mohammed al-Saidi, Minister of Health in the presence of H.E. Dr. Akjimal Magtimova, World Health Organization Representative to the Sultanate.
The survey is dividing the Wilayats into areas according to the geography and census, as well as distributing the targeting areas into squares.
The survey team is covering all sites in each square including houses, establishments, farms, streets, drainage canals, open areas and beaches.
For the houses and establishments, the specialized team is examining the potential mosquitoes breeding sites inside and around the courtyard only.
The National Vector Survey is the practical launching of the National Vector Strategy aiming to establish an accurate database about the vectors in the Sultanate, and achieving the integrated and successful management for these vectors.
Dr. Saif bin Ahmed Al-Abri, DGDSC Director-General clarified that Dhofar has been chosen to launch the National Vector Survey for its geographical diversity, the existence of urban, steppe and mountains areas that enrich in training the team members from the other Governorates.
The insect survey strategy aims to control the detected breeding sites and potential foci in order to avoid any morbidities in cooperation with the control team of the other participating authorities.