Thursday 23 May, 2019

Clarendon Municipal Corporation battling dengue fever amid sad news

May Pen Mayor, Winston Maragh, believes that the Clarendon Municipal Corporation is being proactive in the battle to contain the dengue fever outbreak nationally, with the corporation’s subvention for the fight against the mosquito-borne virus being doubled.

The number of suspected deaths from dengue fever in Jamaica since 2018 now stands at 16, according to the latest figures from the Ministry of Health. Eleven of the deaths occurred in 2018, and five since the start of 2019.

"The municipal corporation had a meeting with the critical stakeholders, the solid waste management authority and the parish health department, to discuss the outbreak. There was an allotment of $150,000 for drain cleaning, and we have granted an additional $150,000 to deal with clean-up activities across all the divisions," Maragh told Loop Jamaica reporter, Claude Mills.

"I will be out in my division - Rocky Point - tomorrow morning with my team. I have already given out the garbage bags and gloves, and we are going to clean up our individual divisions right across the parish. The money has already been disbursed, and we will be out in numbers tomorrow. We are also getting engine oil to throw on stagnant pools of water in the divisions," Maragh outlined.

Last week, residents of Clarendon were shocked by the death of Areel Foster, a 14-year-old student of Central High School in May Pen. Areel was a budding star in the making but died last Wednesday from a suspected case of dengue fever.

Mayor Maragh said it was his understanding that Areel may have contracted the dengue fever virus in Portmore, St Catherine.

"I was reliably informed that the young lady may have been infected in Portmore, and not in the parish of Clarendon. So far, Clarendon only has one suspected case of death from dengue fever," he said.

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