Flooded Areas Provided with Disinfection, Insect and Rodent Control Agents
Jul 19, 2014
Following the floods that hit Bosnia and Herzegovina in May, mosquitoes and rodents are still a potential risk for human health in some areas. Recognizing the need to help the residents of these areas and acting within its multi-million USD floods response programme, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) provided public health institutes across Bosnia and Herzegovina with disinfection, insect and rodent control agents in the value of 240,000 US dollars. This contribution was funded by the Government of the Kingdom of Norway and USAID, and is implemented in cooperation with responsible ministries in the whole of BiH.
"In the circumstances where a major part of the Federation of BiH was affected by devastating floods, apart from other health hazards which such natural disasters carry with them, there is also a problem of enormous growth of mosquito population. The only effective prevention, except individual protective measures is a broad insect control operation, which implies provision of relatively expensive agents in large quantities. The timely, well organized and professionally synchronized operation performed by the UNDP BiH resulted in provision and distribution of these agents and the process of insect control is already underway”, said Prim. Dr. Željko Ler, Director of the Public Health Institute of the Federation of BiH.
The very much needed agents for disinfection, insect and rodent control were sent to the flooded municipalities in the Zenica-Doboj, Posavina and Tuzla Cantons, and to the cities of Doboj, Banja Luka, Bijeljina and municipalities of Zvornik and Šamac. This will ensure that health of children and all citizens is adequately protected, and that schools, kindergartens and health institutions and other public institutions and areas become functional as soon as possible.