Health zone directors visited the Las Manchas Water Checkpoint for Human Consumption on Monday, which monitored water quality during the volcanic eruption. During the working day, public health technicians presented the projects and plans activated both during the volcanic eruption and for entomological control after the detection in March of two Aedes aegypti mosquito larvae
The heads of the seven health areas of the Canary Islands Health Service (SCS), attached to the Ministry of Health, held a working meeting in La Palma on Monday during which they learned about the experiences and actions carried out on this island in coordination with the General Directorate of Public Health, such as the controls of water intended for human consumption during the volcanic eruption of Cumbre Vieja.
The meeting brought together all the directors of the health areas of the SCS of the islands, as well as technicians from the General Directorate of Public Health responsible for the various projects and plans developed in La Palma, both during the volcanic eruption and in the triggering of the entomological control plan last March on the island after the detection of two Aedes aegypti mosquito larvae.
The day began with a meeting with technicians from the General Directorate of Public Health during which the various projects developed on the island were presented. Subsequently, a visit was made to the areas where the mosquito traps were installed as part of the development of the entomological control plan in La Palma, during which the public health technicians explained the main actions provided for in the plan. The mayor of Santa Cruz de La Palma, Juan José Neris, and the health councilor of the capital, Rafael Morales, also participated in this visit, since the Consistory collaborated with the management of the health zone of La Palma in the logistics for developing the plan.
In this sense, the participants in this meeting were informed that since last March in La Palma a total of 133 traps have been installed, which, according to the protocols, have been reviewed on a weekly basis, giving a total of 3 700 revisions in which 904 adult specimens and 418 in the larval phase were captured. None of these captured specimens correspond to the Aedes aegypti mosquito, but to other species of mosquitoes regularly present in the Canary Islands and which do not pose a risk to human health.
After this meeting, a visit was made to the control points of water for human consumption, at the Las Manchas Water Depot, where those responsible for the health areas of the rest of the islands learned about the actions carried out to guarantee the quality of water for human consumption in the supply of this area affected by the volcanic eruption of Cumbre Vieja.
In this context, it was reported that since September 20, 2021, daily physicochemical and organoleptic analyzes have been carried out on the water of the reservoirs of the municipalities of Tazacorte, Los Llanos de Aridane and El Paso for a total of 86 days without interruption .
During the working day, the director of the health area of La Palma, Kilian Sánchez, highlighted the importance of the work carried out by the General Directorate of Public Health and the success that the activation of the control plan entomological has meant, since with the technical work after the detection of Aedes aegypti mosquito larvae on the island managed to avoid a health problem for the palm population. “This entomological control plan has shown that it fulfills its function of monitoring and controlling the presence of these mosquitoes”, underlined the zone director while underlining the work carried out by the Public Health inspectors of the Health Area and General Management.
On the other hand, Sánchez also explained that thanks to the controls of water intended for human consumption carried out in the areas affected by the volcanic eruption, the quality of the water was guaranteed, which made it possible to avoid health problems to the population “since the water that arrived at the neighbors met all the quality parameters”.