Promoted by TCP, the initiative is giving educational talks and distributing 2,700 kits with items to combat the mosquito transmitter

On Monday, 25, the community of Amparo Island received the team from the Mutirão de Combate à Dengue (Dengue Fight Task Force) project, an initiative of TCP, the company that manages the Paranaguá Container Terminal, which provides talks, information and 2,700 kits with supplies so that the population is prepared to fight the mosquito that transmits the disease. The project went to the communities of Piaçaguera, São Miguel, Amparo, Eufrasina and will make its final stop this Wednesday in Pontal do Ubá, all regions belonging to the bay of Paranaguá.

“Our aim is to mobilize efforts in order to help prevent the disease and reduce the proliferation of the transmitting mosquito in island communities, regions where the population depends on greater travel to reach health units within the city,” explains Rafael Stein, TCP’s institutional, legal and regulatory manager.

Paranaguá is among the highest risk areas in the state. The most recent Dengue epidemiological report, released on March 19 by the State Health Secretariat (Sesa), shows that 121 new cases were recorded in the municipality in the last week alone; there have already been 1,077 cases since the beginning of the seasonal period of the disease, which runs from July 2023 to August 2024.

2,700 kits containing sodium hypochlorite, reinforced plastic bags and information leaflets were distributed to the population of the areas served. The action reached 5 island communities and a neighborhood in Paranaguá.

During the visits to the communities, endemic agents from the Paranaguá Epidemiological Surveillance Department and technicians from Acquaplan, an environmental consultancy company hired by the Terminal, go by boat to the communities served by the project and visit the homes, inspecting the residences to identify potential mosquito breeding sites and providing preventive guidance to the residents. Kits containing bottles of sodium hypochlorite and plastic bags are then handed out, along with guidance leaflets.

TCP has also been constantly fighting the dengue mosquito in the Costeira neighborhood, next to the Terminal, making buckets available for the proper disposal of waste, without it accumulating in the streets, as well as periodically distributing cleaning supplies.

“We understand that one of the Terminal’s missions is to continue working with the population to prevent the dangers associated with the proliferation of the Aedes aegypti mosquito. We have a commitment and responsibility to engage in activities that are beneficial to local communities in terms of environmental education and health,” adds Stein.

The Task Force to Combat Dengue is part of TCP’s Environmental Education Program for Communities and Social Communication Program, which meets the condition of Operating License No. 1356/2016 – 1stRet. 1stRenewal of IBAMA.

Thaisa Tanaka