Parish council spends $300,000 on Zick V
The St Catherine Parish Council revealed that it has spent more than $300,000 to clean a number of ZikV potential sites.
According to chairman of the council, Norman Scott, the clean-up exercise took the team to 45 sites.
He said that during the activities, 5,000 old tyres were removed from garages and tyre shops throughout the parish.
Scott, who spoke at a press conference at the council's office last week, said a collaborative approach was used in the two-day exercise.
He thank the police, the National Solid Waste Management Agency and the St Catherine Health Department for assisting.
Meanwhile, Chief Public Health Inspector for St Catherine, Richard Baker, said the tyre removal is significant in the fight against the ZikV virus, which is in 11 Caribbean countries.
Baker said that old tyres are some of the primary breeding sites for the virus, which is transmitted by the Aedes aegypti mosquito.
He added that the tyres were taken to a covered site in Hillrun in the parish, where they will be constantly monitored to keep the required standards.
Meanwhile, the health inspector noted that the new facility has been approved by the National Environmental Planning Agency.
Notices have been placed on garage operators and if they fail to improve their surroundings they will be prosecuted, he stated.
"Those who breach the Public Health Act can be fined up to $500,000 for the first offence, and $1,000,000 plus six months for subsequent offences," Baker said.
He added that there are plans to continue the public education campaign to ease the problem of mosquito infestation.