Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar should check her private residence for potential breeding grounds for the dengue-carrying aedes aegypti mosquito, president of the National Association of Public Health Inspectors Mohan Bholasingh said yesterday.
He said citizens needed to do the same since anything that could retain water for at least 14 days could be used by the mosquito to multiply.
Persad-Bissessar's five-year-old grandson, Kristiano Bissessar, is being treated at the Paediatric Ward of the San Fernando General Hospital for suspected dengue.
Last month Persad-Bissessar herself was diagnosed with dengue.
It is likely that she contracted the illness while at her private residence at Phillipine, South Trinidad. Her grandson and other members of the family also live at the residence.
Bholasingh said while the pond on Persad-Bissessar's property was likely not a source for mosquitoes, she needed to check any container that might contain stagnant water.
Bholasingh said caretakers of Persad-Bissessar's property "should check for any container that can hold water—brick holes, small bottles and any area that may hold clean clear water—because anywhere with clean, clear water can be a potential breeding ground."
He said inspectors were doing their best to control dengue but more public participation was needed.
Bholasingh said water resistant plastic bags, and "flour and feed bags" also pose a threat as a potential breeding ground because the mosquito can lay between 100 and 200 eggs.
"So, despite the large amount of spraying that is done, it will be very difficult to keep the number of mosquitoes down if the public does not participate in controlling their environment by ensuring that all containers capable of holding water are removed or put in an area where it won't get water."