Dreadful Mosquito Situation In St. Andrew Eastern A Concern - Williams

Release Date: 
Wednesday, June 10, 2015 - 14:00

The Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) Caretaker for St. Andrew Eastern, Fayval Williams, is expressing serious concerns about the high number of mosquitoes present in several communities in the constituency. Williams said communities such as Long Mountain, sections of Mona, Hope Pastures, Beverly Hills and the campus of the University of the West Indies Mona seem to most affected by mosquitoes.

"There is a significantly noticeable increase in the number of mosquitoes in these communities. Residents have been complaining about the mosquitoes and the complaints are getting more frequent and louder as the hot summer days approach," Williams said.

Williams is urging the government to take immediate steps to rid the environment of the mosquitoes which are a nuisance to the people. She said all stakeholders must work in tandem to prevent a repeat of what took place last year where Chik V ravaged the constituency resulting in productivity losses.

"The health ministry, the environment ministry and the KSAC have a duty to ensure that: the excess bushes are cut and that there is adequate fogging here to get rid the adult mosquitoes. There is also a need for extensive public education as residents need to know what is happening in the environment in which they live," Williams explained.

She contends that residents themselves must take responsibility to ensure that they rid their surroundings of mosquito breeding sites while adding that “the concerns raised yearly demonstrates in the clearest of ways the continuing need for organized and comprehensive mosquito control activities.”

Williams says she is not comfortable with the priority given to these communities pointing out that they are home to working class people who help to sustain an already fragile economy.

"With the Zika Virus coming closer to our shores, I am very nervous for my constituents right now because of what happened to us with the ChikV virus. We don’t want people to panic. What we want is a clear and precise plan and action so that we can all be safe. The Minister of Health cannot drop the ball on this situation. In fact, the entire government must take responsibility to ensure that we are prepared to handle any possible outbreak," Williams argued.

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