The Bureau of Environmental Health will be going into the many villages on Saipan starting today, Sept. 19, to inspect and remove debris that could become breeding sites of pests, technically called “vectors.”
Vectors include mosquitoes and rodents, as well as animals that carry disease.
The inspections will be carried out by BEH, which is under the Commonwealth Health Care Corp., together with the Saipan Mayor’s Office, Bureau of Environmental & Coastal Quality, Department of Public Lands, and Zoning Office.
According to a BEH statement, the current outbreaks of dengue in neighboring Pacific islands and the recent travel related cases on Saipan have shown a need for proactive outreach and education in the community. Furthermore, consistent rainfall within the past months has created conditions around the island that are perfect for mosquitoes to breed, especially the species that breed in containers such as Aedes.
The inspections will begin in Koblerville, San Antonio, Afetna, and Chalan Kanoa, before moving northward.
BEH inspectors will, with the owner’s permission, inspect houses and yards for potential vector breeding sites and advise residents on proper disposal procedures for debris, as well as distribute educational information on mosquito prevention and control.
The public is advised to comply with Saipan Dog Control regulations by tying up or otherwise restraining dogs for the safety of the inspectors.
Residents may contact the Mayor’s Office for assistance in the removal of debris such as lumber, tin, and tires.
The Saipan Mayor’s Office can be reached at (670)234-620.
For further information, contact the BEH at 670-664-4870/2/3 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. (PR)