Health brings together municipalities to discuss the situation of arboviruses and technical standards for the use of larvicide
The meeting took place virtually and provided guidance to epidemiology coordinators who work directly in the application of the product in Sergipe
The State Department of Health, through the State Health Foundation (Funesa) and the Telehealth program, held this Friday, 2nd, the Assessment meeting of the Epidemiological Situation of Arboviruses in the state of Sergipe and Technical Standards for the use of larvicide (Bacillus Thuringiensis Israelensis) Bti. The meeting was held via web lecture, with the aim of guiding epidemiological surveillance coordinators, who work directly in the application of the product in deposits that accumulate water, being an environment conducive to the development of Aedes aegypti.
The manager of Endemic Diseases at the State Department of Health (SES), Sidney Sá, explained that the topic was directed to epidemiological surveillance coordinators of the 75 municipalities in Sergopan and endemic disease agents who wished to participate. “We talk about arboviruses and the numbers for 2023 and the first weeks of 2024. We present the situation and explain the use of Bti, a larvicide, which began to be used in the state last year,” said Sidney.
She noted that during the lecture the importance of raising awareness about the seasonality of the three arboviruses that affect the state, with climate variation, was highlighted. “We need to have all the prevention equipment. It is necessary to carry out routine work. The population must be alert. We need to join forces as citizens”, warned the Endemic Diseases manager.
The technical person responsible for the arbovirus control data information system in the municipalities of Sergipe, José Oliveira dos Santos, said that Bti, a new larvicide, requires a technique on how it should be used in the necessary locations. “It is a new product and we apply it very carefully, providing guidance to the population. Agents must maintain care when handling,” he explained.
According to José Oliveira, larvicide is the last resort to be used to combat larvae. “We have elimination control, which is the most important thing. We destroy the larvae by overturning bottles or other pots, for example. Those reservoirs that do not allow elimination through this process must receive the larvicide. It is important to remember that the product is neither medicine nor poison, it is larvicide”, concluded Oliveira.