St Ann to get more vector control workers

January 19, 2019
Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton (right), leads a group of vector control workers as they toured sections of Gregory Park, St Catherine, to identify breeding sites of the Aedes aegypti mosquito last month.

Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton says the St Ann Health Department will be getting an additional 50 temporary vector control workers to assist in the destruction of mosquito-breeding sites in the parish.
Speaking to journalists after a tour of the Exchange community in St Ann on January 16, the Tufton pointed out that the workers would be selected from the Housing, Opportunity, Production and Employment (HOPE) Programme and the Ministry of Health Vector Support Programme.
“These workers will be divided into teams to go into critical areas in the parish,” Tufton said.
He also noted that the parish’s vector control unit will be ramping up activities, such as fogging, as they seek to continue destroying the breeding sites of the Aedes aegypti mosquito.
Meanwhile, Tufton also underscored the need for citizens to be vigilant in searching for mosquito-breeding sites in and around their homes.
“Everywhere you go, you find breeding sites that are in and around a home, such as tyres and cans. The most effective way to control the number of breeding sites is for residents to inspect in and around their homes periodically, particularly after the rain has fallen. Just apply simple methods to control the breeding, such as a little oil in the water, covering the drums, and punching holes in tyres and cans,” he said.

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