Distribution of free mosquito nets begins tomorrow

At a news conference this morning, Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero and Guam Public Health Director Linda DeNorcey announced that 5,000 long-lasting insecticidal PermaNet mosquito nets were donated to Guam.

The Department of Public Health, in partnership with the Mayors Council of Guam, will begin distributing the 5,000 mosquito nets donated by the CDC Foundation tomorrow, free of charge.

It is the second part of a donation from the CDC Foundation that originally included the delivery of approximately 5,000 insect repellent sprays in January.

The nets will be given away this week and next week at the following 3 locations:

  • the Astumbo Senior Citizens Center in Dededo
  • the Tamuning Gym
  • the Agat Community Center.

This week distribution will take place on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from from 2 PM to 7 PM.

Next week they’ll be distributed on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 2 PM to 7 PM until all of the nets have been passed out.

Preference will be given to those living in high-risk areas for dengue fever, such as Swamp Road, Never Mind Road, residents on Chamorro Land Trust properties or those living within a 200-meter radius of locations where prior dengue fever cases have been identified.

Priority will also be given to vulnerable populations such as the elderly, the young and others.

Those living in substandard homes with tin roofing or walls, homes that have no air conditioning, or those lacking screen doors and windows are also eligible for the mosquito nets.

Dengue free

The long-lasting ‘PermaNets’ made by Vestergaard, are coated with a material that kills mosquitos. They were donated by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control Foundation.

The nets were donated by the CDC Foundation to help Guam control the spread of dengue fever.

Guam there have been 23 confirmed cases on Guam, but none resulted in hospitalization and most have already recovered.

The island has now gone more than 40-days without a newly reported dengue case. 40 days is the accepted length of time after which a locality can be declared dengue free if now new cases have been reported.

The governor is expected to declare the island free of the disease later today.

Please call your Mayor’s Office for further questions on mosquito net distributions:

  • Agana Heights: (671) 472-6393/8285/6
  • Agat: (671) 565-2524/31
  • Asan-Maina: (671) 472-6581/479-2726
  • Barrigada: (671) 734-3737 / 734-3859
  • Chalan Pago-Ordot: (671) 472-8302/3/7173
  • Dededo: (671) 632-5203/5019/637-9014
  • Hagatna: (671) 477-8045 472-6379
  • Inarajan: (671) 475-2509/10/11
  • Mangilao: (671) 734-2163
  • Merizo: (671) 828-8312/2941
  • Mongmong-Toto-Maite: (671) 477-6758/9090 479-6800/6801
  • Piti: (671) 472-1232/3
  • Santa Rita: (671) 565-2514/4337 565-4302/04
  • Sinajana: (671) 472-6707
  • Talofofo: (671) 789-1421/3262 789-2010 (Gym)
  • Tamuning-Tumon-Harmon: (671) 646-5211/8646
  • Umatac: (671) 828-2940 828-8251/52/58
  • Yigo: (671) 653-5248/9446/9119
  • Yona: (671) 789-4798/0012/1525/6 789-1524 (Gym)