City Hall's operation will last for three months and will include 150 agents in the "house-to-house" operation. This decision was made because of the current dengue scenario in Sao Paulo with circulation of the dengue type 2 virus and the high level of mosquito larvae in the municipality.
According to Camilla Rezende Moreyra, Chief of the Department of Zoonos Control, the city has 194 health care agents, 150 of which were deployed to intensify the mosquito control operation, harvest mosquito larvae for follow-up analysis. Visits are from 8am to 5pm.
Aedes aegypti grows in action – Photo: EPTV Play
"In addition to verifying reproduction to guide the population in terms of the larval index, which is high in the municipality, they will also make the active search symptomatic," he explains.
According to Camilla, peasants will be able to identify uniforms, a white T-shirt from the family health program, and a yellow vest as well as a town hall badge.
Agents will also try to identify suspected cases of diseases and if people with symptoms are found they will be targeted for review and treatment.
The municipal health management also expanded the blood sampling schedule for the NS1 exam one week ago – the first three days of the onset of the symptoms – and the serology. Patients with suspected illness may now seek health facilities between 7 and 14 hours.
Prior to enlargement, the patient passed the doctor who requested a blood test. By doing so, he had to return at 7am the next day to collect and order by arrival order.
As the symptoms of the dengue weaken, some patients do not return to the blood collection compartment. Now, with an extension until 14:00, people will be able to take the exam on the same day at the meeting or the next day at a more flexible time.
The larval density index is determined by the Ministry of Health, with less than 1 indicating a satisfactory condition. From 1 to 3.9 the alarm situation is set and above 3.9 the parameter indicates a risk situation. At Limeira, the January measurement showed an index of 1.9.
With a warning injunction, the City Hall will rely on the Prevention and Emergency Service to combat Aedes aegypti in order to increase the spread of the epidemic situation in the municipality and other actions developed in mosquito control.
The Decree also provides that bidding processes for the acquisition of goods, services and supplies used to combat Aedes aegypti have a priority process.