The Mauritius Red Cross plans to donate around a hundred mosquito nets to the Ministry of Health and Quality of Life as well as around fifty to the Rodrigues Health Commission. The goal is to combat dengue fever which is prevalent in the two islands.

The Ministry of Health and Quality of Life had made a request for mosquito nets from the Mauritius Red Cross. This is to protect against the bites of tiger mosquitoes, a vector of dengue fever. Thus, this non-governmental organization requested help from the Regional Platform for the Indian Ocean (PIROI), which is the main office of the French Red Cross. This is what emerges in a correspondence dated February 16, 2024, addressed to the Senior Chief Executive Officer of the Ministry of Health.

Asked for a statement to the Daily Challenge, the president of the Mauritius Red Cross, Siven Tirvassen, confirmed that the association offers more than 150 mosquito nets, of which a hundred will be given to Mauritius and fifty to Rodrigues. He said the NGO is already raising awareness about the disease through social media.

“The national society is planning an awareness campaign through a post on social media which would include a QR code containing the necessary information to protect oneself against dengue fever during the pilgrimage to Grand Bassin for the Maha Shivratree festival. Face-to-face awareness sessions and rapid tests are also planned in the event of an increase in cases in the community,” underlines the president of the Mauritius Red Cross.

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