Kaohsiung to recruit 200 temporary staff to help fight dengue

By Ko Lin

The Kaohsiung city government is looking for 200 temporary workers to help its plight against the dengue fever epidemic, reports said Sunday.

The city is offering an hourly wage of NT$120 (US$4) for the duration of two months.

The short-term recruitment come as part of Executive Yuan’s NT$42 million (US$1.4 million) fund set up for the purpose of assisting the southern Taiwanese city hire personnel, cleaning equipment and pesticides required to combat the disease.

The offering will encompass field operators whose primary job is to eradicate mosquito breeding sites, in-house assistants, pesticide controllers, and dengue fever prevention workers, reports said.

According to the city’s department of health, the temporary job application will begin on October 26 to 29, with interviews to be conducted on the 29th.

A command center was set up earlier in September by Taiwan’s Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to join local governments in their fight against the mosquito-borne epidemic.

The aim of the command center is to facilitate the communication between the central and local governments, where real-time reports on new cases and treatment consultations will be provided.

As of Saturday, the number of dengue fever cases has reached 5,500 since the beginning of May, while daily new contractions continue to fall into the hundreds, according to the CDC.

Photo Courtesy of CNA
       Photo Courtesy of CNA
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