War on mosquitoes launched; residents urged to take precautions against fog

Last Updated on Wednesday, 3 February 2016, 14:04 by Denis Chabrol

As Guyanese authorities seek to push back the Zika Virus, which has so far reportedly infected one Guyanese here, a massive offensive has been launched against mosquitoes in Georgetown and parts of East Coast and East Bank Demerara.

The Ministry of Public Health also urged residents to stop harbouring breeding grounds for mosquitoes and ensure that all foods, domestic animals, young children, the elderly and asthmatic persons to stay away from the direct flow of the fog.

“The Ministry of Public Health reminds Guyanese that vector control is a partnership. While the Ministry of Health will conduct this fogging exercise, residents are encouraged to keep their yards clean by removing all empty containers that can breed mosquitoes and to always sleep under mosquito nets so as to prevent mosquito borne diseases,” said the ministry in a statement.

The Aedes Aegypti mosquito carries the virus that continues to sicken persons especially in Brazil where babies have been born with microcephaly or reduced brains.

Following is the full text of the statement and schedule that has been issued by the Ministry of Public Health.

The Ministry of Public Health, Vector Control Services commenced fogging for vector control on Monday 1st February, 2016 in identified communities. These fogging exercises will kill the adult mosquitoes which carry mosquito borne diseases.

To ensure that the fogging exercise is most effective, residents in the targeted communities are reminded to open their windows to allow the fog mist into the buildings to kill the adult mosquitoes. To avoid any health problems residents are reminded to cover all drinking water and secure all food stuff (Uncooked and Cooked) to prevent possible contamination, secure all domestic animals and poultry, and to keep persons who suffer from asthmatic conditions, young children and the elderly away from the direct flow of fog.

The fogging exercise will commence at 5:30 p.m. daily from Monday 1st February, 2016 in the following areas and be completed on 29th February , 2016.

  • Kingston
  • Cummingsburg
  • Lacytown
  • Bourda
  • Albertown
  • Queenstown
  • Bel-Air Park
  • Lamaha Gardens
  • Newtown Kitty
  • Campbellville
  • Kitty
  • Subryanville
  • Bel- Air Gardens
  • Prashad Nagar
  • Bel-Air
  • Bel-Air Springs
  • Croal Street
  • Werk-en-rust
  • Wortmanville
  • Lodge
  • Meadow Brook
  • Guyhoc
  • Guyhoc Park
  • Tucville
  • North East La penitence
  • East La penitence
  • East Ruimveldt
  • West Ruimveldt
  • Castello Housing Scheme
  • Albouystown
  • Alexander Village
  • Charlestown
  • North Sophia
  • South Sophia
  • Turkeyen
  • Cummins Lodge
  • Industry
  • Ogle
  • Meadow Bank
  • Rahamans Park
  • Mc Doom
  • Agricola
  • Eccles
  • Mocha
  • Timehri
  • Soesdyke
  • East Bank Areas

Team 1

1st- February, 2016 -6th February, 2016

East Coast Demerara 

Team 3&4


2nd February, 2016 – 29th February, 2016 

Localities (villages)

  • Better Hope
  • Plaisance
  • Sparendaam
  • Vryheid’s Lust
  • Le Souvenir
  • Success
  • Good hope
  • Chatteau Margot
  • Peigon Island
  • B.I
  • Beterverwagting
  • Lusignan
  • Annandale
  • Friendship
  • Buxton
  • Vigilance
  • Stratesphy
  • Coldingen
  • Melanie
  • B/Adventure
  • Paradise
  • Fouls
  • Enmore
  • Haslington
  • Golden Grove
  • Nabacalis
  • Victoria
  • Bel Field
  • A/Grove
  • Non Paril
  • Cane Grove
  • Golden Grove



Team 1

8th February, 2016 – 13th February, 2016


    Locations                            Date of Fogging                     Names of Operational Team

David Williams

Ryan Paul

  • North East La Penitence      Monday,8th                        Rasuk Braithwaite
  • East La Penitence             Tuesday,9th                        Kiesha Newton
  • East Ruimveldt             Tuesday, 9th                      Selwyn   John
  • West Ruimveldt             Wednesday,10th               Niel Trotman
  • Castello Housing Scheme Wednesday,10th
  • Albouystown             Thursday,11th
  • Alexander Village        Thursday,11th
  • Charlestown             Friday,12th


Team 2 

8th  February, 2016 – 13th February, 2016  

 Locations                               Date of Fogging                     Names of Operational Team                                                                                                             David Williams

Ryan Paul

  • North Sophia Monday,8th                                        Darryl Edwards
  • South Sophia Tuesday,9th                              Onika Thompson
  • Turkeyen Wednesday,10th                               Renetta Paul
  • Cummings Lodge Thursday,11th                          Cleavon Phoenix
  • Industry Friday,13th
  • Ogle Friday,13th



Team 3 

8th February, 2016 – 13th February, 2016    

 Locations                               Date of Fogging                     Names of Operational Team


David Williams

Ryan Paul

  • Meadow Bank Monday,8th                                        Clarimonte Stewarte
  • Rahams Park Monday,8th                                        Samantha Mc Lennon
  • Houston Tuesday,9th                              Henry Phillips
  • Mc Doom Tuesday,9th                              Peter Hill
  • Agricola Wednesday,10th
  • Eccles Wednesday,10th


Team 1&2

1st  February, 2016 – 9th February, 2016

Locations                                            Date of Fogging

  • Diamond Housing Scheme Monday,1st
  • Grove              Monday, 1st
  • Soesdyke  Tuesday, 2nd
  • Timehri Wednesday, 3rd
  • East Bank Areas Thursday,4th
  • Kurukururu              Friday,5th