SABA–As the eradication of the Aedes Aegypti mosquito remains a pressing issue in the Caribbean region, the Ministry of Public Health, Welfare and Sport VWS is providing additional support to the Caribbean Netherlands for mosquito control. With the assistance of the Ministry of VWS, Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba are embarking on a joint programme called Mosquito-Borne Disease Control, or Mobocon. With this initiative, the Island Government of Saba hopes to strengthen the Departments of Agriculture, Hygiene and Vector Control to focus on a sustainable integrated management of the Aedes Aegypti mosquito.
The Aedes Aegypti mosquito can spread dengue, chikungunya, Zika, Mayaro and yellow-fever viruses, and other diseases. The Executive Council of the Public Entity Saba said it is aware of reports stating that millions of mosquitos will be imported to Saba. In response to these reports, the Public Entity said an evaluation has been carried out by National Institute for Health and Environment RIVM on the safety of using genetically-modified mosquitos. “However, no decisions have been made by the Executive Council of Saba at this time,” it was stated.