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Sustained efforts by LCSD to prevent dengue fever

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Rigorous measures are adopted by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) against mosquito breeding, both at indoor and outdoor leisure and cultural venues year round to tie in with the Government's efforts to prevent the spread of dengue fever.

A spokesman for the department said: "We have deployed staff of 18 districts to carry out anti-mosquito measures at all our venues at least once a week. A total of 3,579 special anti-mosquito operations and 7,575 special cleansing operations were conducted between September 2002 and April 2003."

All LCSD staff as well as contractors responsible for cleansing, horticultural maintenance and venue management are issued guidelines on specific measures to prevent mosquito breeding.

Special attention is paid to removing stagnant water from clogged channels, ponds, tree holes, bamboo stumps, flowerpots and other containers.

All water storage containers have been tightly covered. The circulation system of fountains and ponds are checked regularly to ensure that they are working properly. Rubbish, including discarded bottles and tins, are removed in disposable plastic bags that are properly tied to avoid accumulation of water.

For the stagnant water that cannot be eliminated for the time being, chemicals such as larvicidal oil is applied weekly to control mosquito larvae.

The department has also liaised with Lands Department to identify vacant government lands for beautification to reduce the number of potential mosquito breeding places.

The spokesman said the department would continue to take every opportunity to educate the public about the importance of the prevention and control of mosquitoes by displaying, distributing and broadcasting anti-mosquito publicity materials including banners, posters, leaflets, videos and VCDs in all of its venues. Roving exhibitions have also been arranged at selected sports centres, parks and town halls since January this year.

He also appealed to members of the public to keep the places clean when patronising LCSD venues.

"We believe that, with the concerted efforts of all parties concerned, we can eliminate the breeding grounds for mosquitoes and prevent the spread of dengue fever," the spokesman said.

End/Wednesday, May 7, 2003

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