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The Games Village at Faleula has been fumigated ahead of the arrival of thousands of athletes for Samoa 2019 XVI Pacific Games.
The work, led by the Ministry of Heath, took place early June.
"Fumigation is one of the main priorities of the Ministry of Health and it is also a way we could show support to the Government of Samoa as we prepare for the Games," said Sapati Vasa, Ministry of Health Senior Sanitation Surveillance Officer.
The Games Village will host more than 4,000 athletes and preparation is going well.
"Fumigation deals with the elimination of unwanted pests such as mosquitoes which carry diseases. We are looking at getting rid of their breeding areas," Sapati continued.
He said it is not the first time the Faleula Methodist Compound has been fumigated.
“We’re covering all area for the Games Village, from the Punaoa side coming to the dining area, in ensuring the safety of the athletes and to avoid any sicknesses from pests.”
He added: “Over the years, as we know, there have been diseases that have been carried around by mosquitoes. We are doing this to prevent any of these diseases.”
The effect of the fumigation services lasts for two months.
“We do hope to continue this work to avoid any of the pests. This chemical that we are using will last long and it all depends on the weather, if it rains then there is no use fumigating the area.”
Sapati highlighted their future plans.
“We’ve set up the schedule of when we’ll be fumigating the area once again before the Games,” he said.
“There are supporting organisations like the Samoa Tourism Authority and the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme.”
He has urged the public of Samoa to work together in going green and also reducing plastics as the nation prepares to host the Games.
“Let’s all work together in making Samoa clean.”.
Meanwhile, people at the Samoa 2019 XVI Pacific Games have a chance this July to show thousands of visitors how best to deal with waste properly.
Samoa will host 5,000 athletes, officials and visitors from 24 Pacific countries for a fortnight of sport competition from 7-20 July.
On the field, Samoan athletes will be showing the Pacific people Samoa’s best. Off the field, the audience will be showing the Pacific people Samoa’s best by helping to green the games.
Please help Samoa tackle the issue of waste generated at the sports venues.
You can do this in four ways:
*Travel: carpool or use public transport when traveling to a sports venue.
*Reusable water bottles: use reusable water bottles when attending the Games.
*Reusable food containers: use reusable food containers for any snacks you bring.
*Use the rubbish bins: there will be two kind of bins at the Games - rubbish and recyclables. Plastic and glass go into the recyclables bins, and everything else goes into the rubbish bins. Dispose of rubbish properly.
Please encourage your friends and family to help with greening of the Games.
This effort is part of the "Beautiful Samoa, keep it clean and plastic free" campaign that revolves around Samoa 2019.
It aims to reduce the plastics that are polluting our waterways, oceans, and villages.
Samoa is demonstrating Pacific leadership through a commitment to green the Games by reducing consumption of single-use plastic and Styrofoam.
SOURCE: PACIFIC GAMES OFFICE/PACNEWS
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