CHAGUANAS Mayor Orlando Nagessar has called on residents living in Central Trinidad to be more responsible, and help fight the upsurge of dengue cases being reported at health facilities in the area.
Nagessar said he held a meeting recently with the local government councillors and officials of several ministries to come up with solutions for the Borough.
He said there are at least 260 recent reported cases of dengue in Central Trinidad.
Nagessar said he realised that the use of ULV (untra-low-volume) spraying machine, mounted on vehicles, was not enough to combat the mosquitoes carrying the virus that causes the potentially life- threatening illness.
He said part of the Corporation's budget would fund a dynofog machine (strapped on a person's back) to combat the risk of increased cases.
He said, "Through the health offices in Chaguanas, we are informed about the areas that have a high case of dengue. We managed to get a dynofog machine which goes into individual homes to spray.
"It is an ongoing process. We have ten people in this unit. But I am encouraging residents to get rid of receptacles from around their homes.
"It is the people who are minding the mosquitoes. Education is critical in this instance."
Nagessar said some of the affected areas in Central include Couva, Kelly Village, Cunupia, Edinburgh, Longdenville and environs.
He said the Corporation was also preparing to include a Canine Unit to rid the streets of stray dogs.