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LCSD mounts special anti-mosquito operation territory-wide

The Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) today (June 19) mounted a special territory-wide anti-mosquito operation to eliminate possible mosquito breeding grounds in its leisure and cultural venues.

The one-week special operation was conducted in the department's leisure and cultural venues to help prevent dengue fever in view of the high Ovitrap Index recorded recently.

An LCSD spokesman pointed out that in the past two years the department had already deployed staff of its 18 districts to carry out regular anti-mosquito operations at all venues at least once a week.

"Over 9,300 anti-mosquito operations and 16,400 special cleansing operations were conducted between February 2003 and May 2004," he said.

In today's special anti-mosquito operation, the department teams comprising venue staff and contractors removed stagnant water in clogged surface channels, ponds, tree holes, bamboo stumps, flowerpots and other containers.

For the stagnant water that could not be eliminated immediately, chemicals such as larvicidal oil were applied to control mosquito larvae.

The teams covered all water storage containers tightly and checked the circulation systems of fountains and ponds to ensure that they were working properly.

Rubbish, including discarded bottles and tins, was removed in disposable plastic bags that were properly tied to avoid water accumulation.

Fallen leaves and debris were also collected and disposed of properly.

The spokesman said that the department had installed mosquito trapping devices at major leisure LCSD venues to help eliminate mosquitoes.

He appealed to all LCSD venue users to cooperate and keep the venues clean.

"We can eliminate the breeding grounds for mosquitoes and prevent dengue fever with the efforts of our staff and contractors, and the co-operation of members of the public," he said.

"Our teams distribute leaflets to the public to disseminate anti-mosquito messages and will take necessary law enforcement action against littering offenders," he added.

Ends/Saturday, June 19, 2004
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