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May
LCSD's special territory-wide anti-mosquito operation
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The Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) today (May 28) mounted a special territory-wide anti-mosquito operation to eliminate any potential mosquito breeding grounds in its venues.

On top of the existing anti-mosquito operations mounted regularly at LCSD venues, today's special operation was so arranged in view of the recent findings released by the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department (FEHD) that adult mosquito specimens of Culex traitaeniorhynchus were collected from mosquito trapping devices in some parks.

An LCSD spokesman said, "Concerted efforts have all along been made to curb the formation of any mosquito breeding grounds in our venues.

"From January 2004 to April this year, we mounted 10,198 weekly anti-mosquito operations and 14,322 weekly cleansing operations.

"In these operations, we concentrated our efforts in removing any stagnant water, filling tree holes and bamboo stumps, spraying larvicidal oil, and clearing refuse and plant debris.

"We have further stepped up anti-mosquito measures, both indoors and outdoors, to ensure clean and tidy environments for people to enjoy their leisure time at our venues," he added.

At present, there are 193 mosquito trapping devices installed in 122 LCSD venues, especially some major parks such as Hong Kong Park, Kowloon Park, the Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens and Victoria Park.

Meanwhile, special attention has also been extended to the adjoining areas of the venues.

Today, the department teams comprising about 1,900 venue staff and contractors'workers participated in the territory-wide operation. Cleansing teams from the FEHD have also rendered assistance.

Stagnant water found in clogged surface channels, ponds, tree holes, bamboo stumps, flower pots and other containers was removed.

Chemicals such as larvicidal oil were applied to control mosquito larvae if the stagnant water could not be drained away immediately.

All refuse, including discarded bottles and tins, was kept in disposable plastic bags which would subsequently be tied up at the openings to prevent the accumulation of water.

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

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

In today's special territory-wide anti-mosquito operation, District Council members were invited to join including the Eastern District Council members who turned up at Victoria Park.

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

"Apart from the efforts of our venue staff and contractors' workers, the cooperation of the general public is necessary to help stop the breeding of mosquitoes.

Leaflets were distributed to people to disseminate anti-mosquito messages. Stringent law enforcement action will also be taken against littering offenders, the spokesman added.

Ends/Saturday, May 28, 2005
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