Saturday 22 September, 2018

Ministry of Health kicks off mosquito-eradication programme in St Catherine

The Ministry of Health is spearheading an initiative geared towards eradicating mosquito breeding sites..

To this end, representatives from the ministry recently held their "search and destroy mosquito breeding sites" event at the Kitson Town Baptist Church, in St Catherine.

The challenge in St Catherine is that water is stagnant and give breeding grounds on the flats. There is no form of natural run off like the Portmore area, according to Minister of Health Christopher Tufton.

He pointed out that water is stored in drums and tanks that are not covered, giving rise to mosquito breeding sites.

“So we have started out early in sensitizing the people and handing out pamphlets and drum covers to look and prevent the lava in the waters. And treating water that already has the mosquitoes," Tufton said.

Sherene Huntley- Jones, medical entomologist in the Ministry of Health said, while the ministry decided to go into the communities before the start of the rainy season.

Still, several persons are not taking the necessary action.

“Every household we stopped at least one drum has larvae. We continue to monitor our high risk communities and have seen a reduction in these areas. With these mosquitoes even with a small amount of water, they will breed so if containers are not being used bore holes in them,” she said.

Huntley-Jones shared ways to prevent the spread of lava.

"A little cooking oil can be tipped around the surface to prevent the lava from forming and so we are encouraging the communities to help themselves while we help them in riding their communities," she advised.

The event saw other volunteers from NYS along with Jamaica Red Cross.

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