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Leptospirosis is near, warns Shaw

Published:Thursday | September 3, 2015 | 9:00 AMDaraine Luton
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CLAIMING THAT there is danger of an outbreak of leptospirosis in his constituency because of the pile-up of garbage, Audley Shaw wants the auditor general to conduct a performance audit to determine the extent to which Southern Parks and Markets is delivering on its mandate.

"In North East Manchester, the state of the garbage pile-up is a danger to public health," Shaw said as he contributed to the State of the Constituency Debate in the House of Representatives on Tuesday.

According to Shaw, there are about 30 garbage skips that are now full and overflowing because of the non-collection of garbage.

"Over the past six months, the state of garbage collection in the constituency has been nothing short of being totally disgraceful and totally atrocious!" Shaw said.

"I am calling on the auditor general to do an audit of the Southern Parks and Markets, through the National Solid Waste Management Authority to find out exactly what is happening with garbage collection," Shaw said.

The irate MP lamented that property taxes had been increased by 165 per cent in the past three years, and despite this, residents were receiving fewer services.

But contradicting Shaw, North West Member of Parliament Mikael Phillips said that while there may have been a problem in the past, the situation was not as bad as Shaw claimed.

"We have to be fair to the National Solid Waste Management Authority. Even though not perfect, the garbage collection has improved in the parish of Manchester," Phillips said.