A medical staff  introduces locals to anti-mosquito measures. (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – Twenty-six out of 63 provinces and cities nationwide have thus far implemented an anti-mosquito campaign within households in an effort to prevent dengue fever and Zika virus, the General Department of Preventive Medicine said on April 21.

The campaign was first run in Ho Chi Minh City’s Binh Chanh district in early March, before spreading to Hanoi, Da Nang, Dak Lak, Khanh Hoa, and Phu Yen, among other localities.

It calls for families’ self-protection against mosquitoes by using nets and repellent, and securely covering all water containers to prevent the insect from entering them and laying eggs.

Several associated activities have been organised, such as households’ elimination of mosquito larvae as well as awareness-raising TV and radio broadcasts.

More and more provinces are expected to join the campaign.

As the rainy season approaches, there is a high risk of Zika and dengue fever outbreaks. Both are carried by the Aedes Aegypti mosquito.-VNA