The first batch of the mosquito carrying ‘Wolbachia’ bacteria – will be released today at Tamavua village.
Similar releases will then be done along the Suva to Nausori corridor in the upcoming weeks, and monitoring will be done throughout.
The method releases mosquitoes that have the natural bacteria ‘Wolbachia’ – only found in insects.
Mosquitoes with ‘Wolbachia’ have a reduced ability to transmit viruses to people, decreasing the risk of Zika, dengue fever, and chikungunya outbreaks.
The project under the “World Mosquito Program” funded by the Australian Government, has been piloted across Fiji, Vanuatu, and Kiribati.
The estimated costing of the project is a little over seven million dollars.
Minister for Health – Rosy Akbar, will officiate at the World Mosquito release today.