THE Ministry of Health and Medical Services department of Vector Born Disease has warned families to avoid mosquito bites following the recent heavy rain to avoid malaria and dengue.
The department reminds families to ensure they use mosquito or bed nets.
For families with permanent houses with window nets, the department is urging them to use Morten or mosquito coils to keep mosquito away.
For those in rural communities, especially without window nets, the department has encouraged them to sleep under mosquito nets.
The department also urged the public not to use supplied mosquito nets for other activities like fishing and nursery of vegetables as can be seen in many communities today.
As part of precautionary measures the department has urged communities to clean their surroundings, remove tins and bottles or rubbish lying around and bury stagnant pools as these can be breeding sites for mosquitos.
It is also calling on the public to visit their nearest clinic to get medical treatment against malaria once they develop symptoms of malaria.
The department also advised those who are sick with malaria to take their medication tablets on time and complete their doses as required.
Malaria symptoms includes; high fever, joint pain, headache, and vomiting.
By BIRIAU WILSON SAENI