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Fire department mobilizes to fight mosquito-borne diseases in Minas Gerais

February 27, 2024

CBMMG joins statewide campaign to combat mosquito-borne diseases

The Minas Gerais Military Fire Department (CBMMG) took significant action over the weekend, engaging its units across the state in a major mobilization effort.

This initiative supports the “Minas Unida no Combate ao Mosquito” campaign, launched by the Secretary of State of Health (SES), aimed at combating the dengue and chikungunya epidemic in the territory.

The CBMMG’s efforts are in response to the urgent need to control the Aedes aegypti mosquito population, responsible for transmitting these diseases.

The department’s actions align with the SES’s ongoing efforts to monitor and control mosquito infestation.

Regional efforts to raise awareness and control mosquito populations

In Montes Claros, soldiers from the 7th Fire Battalion collaborated with the Municipal Health Department and other organizations to conduct a motorcade, raising awareness about the risks of arbovirus transmission and encouraging the community to eliminate potential mosquito breeding sites.

The event was part of a broader “D Regional Mosquito Combat” day.

Bocaiúva saw preemptive efforts with an educational blitz in Praça Wan Dick Dumont, where military personnel distributed informative booklets and pamphlets, offering tips on preventing mosquito breeding.

Similar activities were carried out in Itabira, where the 6th Firefighter Platoon participated in a dengue combat day, involving garbage collection, educational blitzes, and leafleting to guide the population on disease prevention.

Comprehensive strategies for disease prevention

In Timóteo, educational efforts were focused on informing the public about prevention methods through educational blitzes and the establishment of support points in busy areas.

Barbacena’s approach involved a mixed team of health agents, municipal guards, and fire department personnel, working together to eliminate mosquito breeding grounds in challenging locations.

Araxá focused on inspecting vacant lots for overgrown vegetation and potential risks to public health and safety, while also educating the population about the associated dangers.

In Counselor Lafaiete, efforts to eliminate mosquito breeding sites were concentrated in the São João neighborhood, involving a collaborative team from various sectors.

Continuing the fight against mosquito-borne diseases

The CBMMG’s statewide mobilization reflects a comprehensive approach to combating mosquito-borne diseases, emphasizing community awareness, education, and proactive measures to eliminate breeding sites.

The department’s ongoing commitment to public health and safety demonstrates the importance of collaboration and concerted efforts in addressing this critical challenge.

FSJA Comment

The CBMMG’s mobilization against dengue and chikungunya highlights the critical role of community engagement and proactive measures in public health crises.

By focusing on awareness, education, and direct action, the campaign addresses the immediate threat while fostering a culture of prevention.

The collaborative efforts across various municipalities underscore the importance of integrated approaches to combat health threats, demonstrating how local actions can contribute to broader public health objectives.

This initiative serves as a model for similar challenges, emphasizing the value of partnership, community involvement, and sustained effort in preventing and controlling disease outbreaks.

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