Bay-C lends talent to fight Zik-V, Chik-V

April 29, 2016
An aedes aegypti mosquito is shown on human skin.
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Bay-C, a former member of the group T.O.K, has signed on as a celebrity patron for the One Health One Caribbean One Love initiative (OHOCOL).

The OHOCOL was set up to help fight diseases, such as the Zika virus and Chikungunya. Both viruses are primarily transmitted by daytime biting Aedes aegypti female mosquitoes.

Bay-C said he was first introduced to the project while working on his inaugural Blue Mountain Music Festival in 2014.

"While doing that event, I got to meet many environmental doctors who I share a common passion with - that of a healthier environment. One of the doctors I met, Dr Chandra Degia, is part of the One Health Caribbean project and she invited me to be part of it," he said.

The entertainer then went on to encourage those who have the ears of the masses to join in the cause.

"There aren't many artistes that leverage their popularity for causes such as these, but I do it because I think the world needs a wake up call," he said.

"Climate change is real, diseases are real, and so if I can create more awareness in the general population then my talents are not only for fame, but also for a cause, which is a win-win in my eyes."

Bay-C, who released a new solo EP entitled Better Must Come in March, will be incorporating the new material related to the cause in his performances throughout the region for the One Love Health Initiative.

Bay-C began making appearances in Jamaica in support of the OHOCOL project last year. The latest leg of the project saw him being invited to Guyana for the launch of their One Health project last week.

"In Guyana, we are working on waste management to encourage and implement healthier practices in disposing of waste in the homes and communities. I performed in a few primary and secondary high schools," he said.

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