Health ministry increases vector control activities

May 08, 2017
In this 2006 photo, a man cleans a drain in order to reduce potential breeding sites of mosquitoes.

The Ministry of Health (MOH) has increased its vector control activities to reduce mosquito breeding sites and decrease mosquito infestation in communities in light of the recent heavy rainfall.

Immediately following the heavy rains, the MOH enhanced its mosquito control efforts in all parishes, but with special emphasis on the three most affected parishes — Clarendon, St Thomas and St Catherine.

Potential threats

The entire Environmental Health Services within the Ministry has been mobilised and tasked with implementing measures to address the potential threats posed by this natural hazard. Some of the enhanced vector control activities include: enhanced fogging in all parishes, increased larvicidal work, extended hours of work by vector control staff, investigation and response to complaints, health promotion, procurement of additional reserve chemical stocks; and assessment of transportation and deployment based on need

As it relates specifically to Clarendon, where about 57 communities were impacted by flooding, plans are also under way to re-engage the temporary HEART trained vector workers. This will result in an improved capacity of the parish to respond to the needs of the communities served.


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