The Environmental Protection Bureau will Spray Chemicals to Prevent Dengue Fever and Strengthen Communication before Spraying to Enhance Disease Prevention Effectiveness
The Environmental Protection Bureau, Taichung City Government entrusted chemical spray disinfection duties to the street cleaning team in 2016 in order to avoid the uneven quality of contracted companies in past years. Moreover, the Environmental Protection Bureau enlisted an extra 300 street cleaners this year. This number is more than sufficient for the preventative outdoor chemical spraying required twice a year. The extra personnel will also be able to assist with emergency individual disinfection cases in various village offices. The Bureau will continue to communicate with village leaders to make sure the chemical spraying fits local needs.
The Environmental Protection Bureau says that, before the city-country merger, the 8 districts in the original Taichung City area outsourced disease prevention companies to spray the chemicals, while the 21 districts in the original Taichung County area had street cleaner teams conduct the spraying. After the merger, all street cleaner teams became affiliates of the Environmental Protection Bureau. It was decided that chemical spraying work should be outsourced due to different operating procedures and disinfection equipment of the cleaner teams. However, there have been reports of problems with the contractors from village leaders and civilians since 2011, such as unfriendly attitude, ineffective spraying and contractual disputes. The Environmental Protection Bureau took note and made the street cleaner teams in charge of all chemical spraying duties when making this year’s budgets, hoping to salvage the negative impression of chemical spraying personnel. This decision was made after taking into consideration the effects of having street cleaner personnel conduct all the spraying as well as experience from other direct-controlled municipalities such as Taipei and Kaohsiung. In preparation of this year’s disinfection work, the Bureau has organized disinfection personnel, equipment and machinery of the cleaner teams in various districts. Training of 125 chemical personnel was completed in December, 2015 while 82 pieces of equipment, 3000 protection suits, gloves and masks as well as 480 sets of goggles were also purchased.
Environmental Protection Bureau director Hung Zhengzhong made it clear that disinfection methods and principles will be the same as previous years whether it is conducted by contractors or street cleaner teams. In addition to the regular preventative spraying of outdoor environments twice a year, assist with emergency individual disinfection cases according to village needs will also be provided in order to fit the needs of civilians. These cases include spraying and enforcing prevention in the small village parks that leaders care about the most. At the same time, it is also hoped that this change will allow all administrative districts to receive spraying at the same time should severe outbreaks occur, thus enhancing disease prevention effectiveness. The Environmental Protection Bureau expresses gratitude for such public attention on disease prevention work. It will continue to communicate with village leaders and welcomes them into the fold to make chemical spraying work more complete.
Contact: Technician Huang Chihsien
Contact Number: 04-22276011 #66532