ZIKV and old tyres
THE EDITOR, Sir:
Regular and persistent advisories on radio warn us about getting rid of mosquito-breeding sites.
We are reminded about containers in our yards and old tyres, in particular, that constitute a greater danger than even blocked drains.
This is endorsed by the chief public-health inspector for St Catherine, Richard Baker, who reiterates that the Aedes Aegypti mosquito tends to breed in these receptacles.
Raising public awareness through campaigns directed at schools and communities is one of the interventions the Ministry of Health is undertaking to control the spread of this virus.
All of this is quite commend-able. It appears that the ministry is proactive, according to Inspector Baker in a Gleaner article. Perhaps this level of concern does not extend to Kingston, at least to certain sections of the city. Yes, mosquito-spraying vans have been observed, but that won't reduce the breeding sites. What about the old tyres that pile up at garages and lanes all over the city, not just in people's yards?
For the past months, long before zika virus (ZIKV) became a threat, residents in the vicinity of Hughenden and Red Hills Gardens have been complaining of old tyres being dumped at the entrance to the Rochester Gully, at the intersection of Red Hills Boulevard and Lyndale Drive. Calls have been made to the public-health department on Marescaux Road, the Kingston and St Andrew Corporation, and the National Solid Waste Management Authority.
Has anything been done since that time? I suppose these proactive entities are waiting for ZIKV to terrorise the hapless residents, as happened with chikungunya virus.
No doubt, time will tell.
I am, etc.