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    Raul Castro Calls For More Discipline In Combating The Mosquito That
    Transmits Zika / EFE, 14ymedio
    Posted on March 8, 2016

    EFE / 14ymedio, Havana, 7 March 2016 – Cuban President Raul Castro urged
    an increase in discipline and acting “energetically” against the
    unfinished and “constant” hygiene campaign undertaken on the island to
    combat the mosquito that transmits the Zika virus and other illnesses,
    according to the official media on Monday.

    “This cannot be one more campaign,” said Raul Castro during a meeting he
    chaired at the Ministry of Public Health to analyze the measures taken
    throughout the country to avoid the spread of diseases transmitted by
    the Aedes Aegypti mosquito, according to the state newspaper Granma.

    At that meeting the health authorities, the government, the ruling
    Communist Party, and the Revolutionary Armed Forces (FAR), the Cuban
    president said that it is “vital to ensure that everything is being done
    well, with integrity and that it is maintained over time.”

    He also classified the situation of garbage collection in Havana as
    “chronic,” with 23,800 cubic meters of trash generated every day, of
    which 6,300 remain in the street for lack of trucks.

    Castro ordered a “final solution” to this project, “without
    improvisations” and with “discipline” in the scheduling, the repairs and
    maintenance of the equipment dedicated to this service in the country’s

    For several weeks, Cuba has been developing an action program that
    includes the mobilization of 9,000 troops from the Revolutionary Armed
    Forces and 200 police with fumigations and inspections in homes and
    workplaces to confront the viruses that cause Zika, Dengue fever and

    At the meeting with health authorities, the government, the Communist
    Party, the Revolutionary Armed Forces (FAR), the Ministry of Interior
    and social organizations in the provinces, he recalled that so far Cuban
    has had two cases of the Zika virus imported from Venezuela and “active”
    vigilance is being maintained over “non-specific fever syndromes.”

    It was also learned from the daily media that more than 800 active
    police have participated in the campaign to take action against those
    who refuse to fumigate and take sanitation actions in their homes and yards.

    According to the report, at the end of the second cycle of the hygiene
    campaigh 12,737 homes were reported as unfumigated because they were
    closed, due to “inadequate planning” of the work and “deficiencies” in
    the notices to residents, and frequent “failures” to meet the
    established schedule.

    Health authorities have explained through the local media that the
    objective of the plan is to fight the Aedes aegypti and Aedes
    albopictus mosquitoes, transmitting agents of these diseases, as both
    are present in several areas of the island.

    On 22 February, President of Cuba Raul Castro urged Cubans to take as “a
    personal matter” fighting the mosquito that transmits these diseases in
    a statement entitled Call To Our People, reported in the mainstream
    media of the island.

    Source: Raul Castro Calls For More Discipline In Combating The Mosquito
    That Transmits Zika / EFE, 14ymedio | Translating Cuba –

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