Clean drains in Sav-la-Mar
This is an open letter to Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller.
Kindly look at the accompanying photo showing a blocked drain that seemed unattended to for such a long time that tall grass and other vegetation have added to the blockage. This part of the drain is on Dalling Street in Savanna-la-Mar, and the head section is on Great George Street, with tail passing through Ricketts Street to the sea.
Apart from the danger of flooding in the town of Savanna-la-Mar, this drain, with the water unable to run through the dirt, garbage, grass and other vegetation, is a perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes.
In Westmoreland, the attack by the chikungunya virus is not fully gone, and we are now on alert for the Zika virus. Westmoreland has had attacks of yellow fever, and more recently, dengue. And according to the World Health Organization, the Aedes aegypti mosquito is carrier for all of these. Plus, this parish is no stranger to malaria, which is carried by the Anopheles mosquito.
We will soon be on alert for the H1N1 virus, and we well know, too, that typhoid fever is endemic to Westmoreland, and although these are not spread by mosquitoes, we are safer from them with a clean environment.
The Westmoreland Parish Council has cleaned some drains, but there are more blocked drains than those that are cleaned, and the answer why they have not been cleaned is that there is no money. But for our safety, they MUST all be cleaned.
Please, Prime Minister, do not wait until there is an outbreak of one kind or the other before the drains are cleaned. Have the local authorities clean them now. Remember, this is People's National Party territory.
JOHN D. KELLY