Dubai: The Ministry of Climate Change and Environment (MoCCAE) has launched mosquito control activities and an associated public awareness campaign as part of the second phase of the National Mosquito Control Program, executed in cooperation with the Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) and in coordination with the concerned local government entities in each emirate.
The 1st Phase of the program was run by the Ministry between 2019 and 2021. The 2nd Phase, which will run from 2022 to 2025, includes surveying and monitoring mosquito infestation areas and controlling the spread of the pests.
The Phase also involves a dedicated public awareness campaign on the national program and the importance of cooperation with the pest control company, as well as key prevention, health, and safety measures recommended by MoCCAE and MoHAP.
Commenting on the initiative, Mr. Essa Al Hashmi, Assistant Undersecretary for the Sustainable Communities Sector at the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment, remarked that, “Protecting public health is a strategic priority that the Ministry addresses in cooperation with relevant public and private sector entities nationwide.”
The Ministry official highlighted that pest control and mitigating the impact of pests on the environment and human health, as well as raising public awareness about these topics, fall under the mandate of MoCCAE.
The Ministry runs dedicated annual pest control campaigns and cooperates with the concerned authorities in educating the community on ways of contributing to the efforts and enhancing prevention.
Coinciding with the rainy season, the breeding season of the insect, Phase 2 involves dispatching pest control teams between 1st October, 2022 and 23rd February, 2023 to spray safe and MoCCAE-approved pesticides at construction and commercial sites, schools, residential areas, horse stables and racetracks, parks, and farms across the UAE with the aim of preserving environmental and public health.
The Ministry urges all citizens and residents to cooperate with the specialized and authorized pest control teams during their operations.
The public can recognize the National Mosquito Control Program team members through their distinctive uniforms carrying the logos of MoCCAE, MoHAP, and Dubai Municipality.