19 Jun 2019

Samoa mosquito spraying ahead of Pacific Games

3:42 pm on 19 June 2019

Samoa's Ministry of Health has started an insecticide spraying campaign to get rid of mosquitoes in the lead up to the Pacific Games next month.

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The ministry said it wants the Games to be free of mosquito-bourne diseases like dengue fever and is spraying all the games venues and the accommodation village before athletes and officials arrive.

A Sanitation Surveillance Officer said the games village had previously been swarming with mosquitoes so spraying it is a top priority.

The ministry is appealing to the public for help in clearing rubbish such as discarded car tyres which can collect water and become mosquito breeding sites.