Health ministry mulls actions against those who have mosquito breeding grounds

The Ministry of Public Health is checking health-related laws and regulations to ascertain whether penalties can be taken against house-owners who, through negligence, allow mosquito breeding grounds to exist in their houses or house compounds.

Public Health Minister Piyasakol Sakolsattayathorn said Wednesday that health officials in all provinces had been told to inform members of the public to do three things: to keep their house in order and tidy; to collect garbage and to get rid of breeding grounds for mosquitos.

Mosquitos, he said, are carriers of three diseases namely dengue, Zika and Chikungunya.

He suggested that every household must be responsible for taking care of their households to make sure that there are no mosquito breeding grounds.

He said legal experts of the ministry were told to study whether any penalty could be taken against those who allow mosquito breeding grounds to exist in their households.

If mosquitos from your house bite me in my house and I am infected with Zika or dengue, can I sue him? the health minister questioned.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)

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