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Dirty city irks junior mayor

Published:Saturday | October 18, 2014 | 12:00 AM
In this 2013 file photo, an illegal garbage dumping area is seen at the intersection of East and Market streets in Montego Bay, St James.

Barrington Flemming, Gleaner Writer

Newly selected junior mayor of Montego Bay, Morgan Jada Kellier, says the ineffective collection and disposal of garbage in the city is a prime area of concern, which needs to be addressed immediately.

Morgan said the situation had become more urgent with the advent of the chikungunya virus, which has been sweeping across the nation.

"The primary area of concern for me is garbage collection and disposal here in Montego Bay. We need to take more serious measures in clearing the garbage, especially from the streets," said Kellier. "It is unsightly and provides fertile ground for breeding of flies and roaches, which are vectors for diseases."

Kellier further said that with the numerous cases of chikungunya affecting both the young and old across the island, it was necessary for the authorities to act swiftly.

MOVE WITH URGENCY

"I am urging the authorities to move with urgency to clean up the city, nightly and daily, provide sufficient receptacles in strategic areas; and for the citizens to put garbage in bins and not to litter the gullies and streets," she said. "This, I believe, would go a far way in eliminating some of the conditions now affecting people."

She also indicated that poor solid waste management practices often result in the release of pathogens into the atmosphere, which cause health conditions which require medical treatment.

The 16-year-old Kellier is a student of the Montego Bay Community College.