It will discuss the effectiveness of the programs, their advantages and disadvantages with regard to how they are implemented. It will also outline the prevalence rates of mosquito born diseases in Queensland especially with reference to Ross River Virus and others. Finally, it will provide some recommendations on how the programs can be designed and who to include in implementation process making them more efficient in future.
Mosquito control programs in Queensland have been developed in the past and are still being developed to eradicate mosquitoes in homesteads, houses, hospitals and other public places. The programs are drafted and implemented by the Queensland authorities together with health care providers, local councils and the public in general. The problem has however been the rate at which members of the public are accepting and adopting these programs. The communities do not appreciate these programs and they instead use their own knowledge on how they can control and manage mosquitoes in their homes. They have resorted to buying treated nets, repellents and other pesticides to keep mosquitoes off. The programs from the government although being taken in are a second fiddle especially considering the fact that people don't take them seriously
Surveillance of any disease is the first line of defence against the disease2. In the recent years, there have been many cases of 'imported diseases' to Queensland especially from Asia and Africa. This is a setback against the fighting against the spread of mosquito-borne diseases. Various groups are currently promoting the idea of disease surveillance in Queensland. A group based in the area by the name Tropical Population Health Network's Communicable Diseases Control Centre is working with communities and local government officials to make sure that all immigrants do not 'infect' the mosquitoes in Queensland with the virus which will eventually infect the humans. The team from the group above relies mostly on laboratory tests and recommendations from general practitioners on any new case of any mosquito-borne disease3.
'House to house' inspection and checks
In Queensland, mosquito control workers have been licensed to carry out house to house inspections for any breeding sites of mosquitoes. They are the real 'fire fighting' team who are mandated by the 'Queensland Health' to curb the spread of mosquitoes through spraying the environments. The program is intended to eliminate specifically the dengue mosquitoes in the houses. The 'Action Response Team' removes and treats containers that are able to house pupae or larvae of mosquitoes through placement of mosquito traps or interior sprays where they are permitted.
Queensland health worker activities
Queensland health care department has been working hard to meet the environmental requirements that are needed to reduce the inhabitation of mosquitoes especially during the wet seasons. The workers mainly drawn from the health care centres and the council of the area are involved in conducting environmental cleanups. The main activities that are carried out by the groups include; clearing of bushes, draining swampy areas, keeping the environment clean and collecting all forms of waste papers in order to avoid the accumulation of dirt in the