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TEF provides more fogging machines to fight mosquitoes in Montego Bay

Published:Saturday | July 30, 2016 | 7:00 AM

The Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF) has made further inroads in its battle against mosquitoes by donating nine new fogging machines to fight the pests in Montego Bay.

Valued at $1.8 million, the machines are part of a larger mosquito-eradication programme, which will see the TEF spending some $13.2 million in the parishes of Westmoreland, Hanover, Trelawny and St James.

The funding includes the purchase of a pick-up truck and the employment of 55 persons to assist in the vector programme.

Pointing out that the partnership between the TEF and Ministry of Health was beyond the presentation of gifts, Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett, who handed over the machines, said the gesture offered a broader base of securing Destination Jamaica and ensuring locals remain healthy.

The tourism minister described the latest initiative as the waging of war against the mosquitoes, which are known to carry some of the deadliest viruses.

Acknowledging that there was no formal reported incidence of the Zika virus in Montego Bay, Bartlett said that just as education was important to the strengthening of the mind, health was important to the body.

The TEF has spent more than $330 million so far to fight the Zika virus.

Janet.silvera@gleanerjm.com