Survey objective: To understand what the general public knows about the government’s mosquito prevention measures and the public’s assessment on measure impact, and to derive suggestions in areas where the government can improve their work in preventive measures.
Survey period: 13-23 July 2018
Number of questions: 6
Survey methodologies: Streetside and online polling
Number of eligible respondents: 961 (418 online and 543 in person)
Survey target: Hong Kong residents
The summer rainy season create the optimal humid condition for mosquitoes breeding. Many have been bitten in parks, streets and other outdoor areas. The office of DAB Legislative Councilor Wilson Or has received complaints from local residents that anti-mosquito measures taken by the government have been ineffective, with public awareness efforts, insufficient. According to the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department’s monthly ovitrap index for Aedes albopictus for June 2018, at least 10 of the 18 districts have reached or exceeded the alert level of 20 per cent. These include Kowloon Bay, Wong Tai Sin Central, Tseung Kwan O South, Kai Tak North, Tseung Kwan O North, Pok Fu Lam, Sai Wan, Fanling, Lai King and Tsing Yi North. The index in Tseung Kwan O North exceeded twice the alert level. It is evident that our mosquito problem has reached extremely severe levels.
In order to understand what the general public know and think about government anti-mosquito measures, the office of Wilson Or surveyed 961 local residents. The survey results showed that 53.28% of respondents reported being regularly bitten by mosquitoes in parks, on the streets and the like. Over half the respondents reported that they are extremely afraid (10.72%) or afraid (42.77%) of going to these places. The situation definitely warrants concern.
We urge that the government step up its efforts in promoting its anti-mosquito measures and enhance public awareness; allocate more resources devoted to increasing manpower, establish a comprehensive anti-mosquito department, increase the transparency of operations to prevent different departments from doing their own programs without proper coordination; collaboration between the Housing Department and the Food and Environmental Hygiene Departments to implement comprehensive mosquito control measures to contain the threat.