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The City Council launches the ‘United for Prevention’ Plan, an information campaign to strengthen public-private collaboration in the prevention and control of flies and mosquitoes

15,000 brochures and 200 posters have been published and are being distributed by the offices of all the Local Boards, neighborhood communities, hotels and leisure centers with activities in nature or outdoors, which show in a very visual way the way of prevent their spread, the measures to combat them or how the Administration acts, among many others

The mayor, Francisco Góngora, explained that "this initiative is based on the Municipal Ordinance and reflects the need to work together through a code of good practices for the control and eradication of these pests"

With the arrival of spring and the increase in temperatures, the Department of Agriculture has intensified the eradication treatments in those areas most susceptible to proliferation, some work to which it allocates approximately 100,000 euros per year

The City Council of El Ejido, through the Department of Agriculture and Environment, has launched an information and promotion campaign to strengthen ties that favor public-private collaboration in the prevention and control of mosquitoes, coinciding with the arrival of the spring and the increase in temperatures, but that will continue during all months of the year.

The mayor, Francisco Góngora, has released the details, together with the councilor for Agriculture and the Environment, Francisco Pérez; the head of the Agriculture area, Antonio Escobar; in addition to municipal technicians. Under the slogan 'United for prevention', some 15,000 brochures and 200 posters have been published and are being distributed by the offices of all Local Boards, neighborhood communities, restaurants, bars and leisure centers with activities in nature or outdoor.

The mayor has detailed that "this initiative is based on the Municipal Ordinance and reflects the need to work together through a code of good practices for the control and eradication of these pests." It is the first Municipal Ordinance on mosquitoes in Andalusia, which was unanimously approved in September 2020, becoming "a document that has set a precedent when establishing regulations in this regard."

The City Council, as stated in the ordinance, provides assistance in technical information, cultural work and treatments for the prevention, monitoring and control of mosquitoes and flies on demand, in the same way it will organize and give training and knowledge courses to companies specialized in garden maintenance. and swimming pools, property managers, owners of communities of owners, neighborhood associations and students of educational centers in the municipality.

This Ordinance shows a ‘code of good practices’ for neighbors and by which the communities of owners of gardens and private swimming pools may be compelled to comply with the requirements established in this regard. "A work that together with the work of the City Council with the treatments that it has been carrying out so far in public areas will mean an important qualitative leap when it comes to ending these insects during the months of greatest incidence," the mayor has added. The City Council allocates approximately 100,000 euros a year to eradicate these pests.

For his part, Francisco Pérez, recalled that "to the work that is already being carried out by the City Council in the matter of mosquito prevention, this plan is added through which informational letters have also been sent to all the neighboring communities of Almerimar, especially to those that have a swimming pool since, especially out of season, they constitute important reservoirs for these pests ”. Pérez has remarked that “it is a priority to launch this type of campaign that informs all those neighbors, communities and those responsible for green areas and swimming pools of the need to implement their own prevention plan. Only in this way will we be able to keep the plague under control ”.

The campaign shows, in a very visual and intuitive way, how to avoid the development of this plague, the measures to combat annoying mosquitoes, the methods that exist to fight their proliferation, how with small gestures from neighbors you can avoid the expansion of this plague, the way in which the Local Administration addresses this problem with the development of a complete action plan or the content of the local regulations that exist in this regard.

But the campaign also addresses the way to prevent the appearance of flies consists of managing the surplus fruits of the campaign, or destruction or withdrawals. Their indiscriminate abandonment causes their decomposition, due to the high summer temperatures, giving ideal conditions for the proliferation of fly larvae that later become adults. For this reason, it is essential in this sense is the role played by the Frutilados del Poniente silage manufacturing plant, which will gradually ensure that no fruit is wasted.

Antonio Escobar highlighted that "we consider the development of these initiatives of vital importance to, together, tackle a complete prevention plan to act from all fronts and that the results are as satisfactory as possible."

Finally, the mayor has detailed that “the brochures that are being distributed collect in a very graphic way aspects as important as the life cycle of mosquitoes, what is the competent Administration and how it is acting, the obligation that exists on the part of the owners of activities and services that can generate stagnant waters to avoid this type of situation, the need for the communities of owners to activate an internal prevention plan, how the neighbors themselves can collaborate, how to avoid being bitten or how to act if They have already done it, what are the plants that scare and repel them, how to protect homes and what are the animals that kill them in a natural way ".

The City Council plans to continue working in this area of ​​prevention and in relation to Public Health with the Health Authorities and especially with the Tropical Medicine Unit of the Hospital and the Poniente District (which was established as part of the Spanish Network of Units of Tropical Medicine (REUMT), coordinated by the Carlos III Health Institute, directed by Mr. Joaquín Salas Corona.