Everyone must help to fight ZikV
THE EDITOR, Sir:
I congratulate the Ministry of Health on its efforts and timely advertisements which have been geared towards public awareness about the dangers of the Zika virus and dengue. We are being asked to clean up our yards but, unfortunately, the drains and gullies on our roads, in our cities and towns, and in our communities, remain uncleaned.
In February of this year, Mr Noel Arscott, then minister of local government and community development, announced plans for work to take place to address these issues, but the problems are still evident.
I have been living in St Catherine for over 10 years now and the drains and gullies, especially in Spanish Town, are consistently horrid. They mostly contain stagnant water with rubbish almost to the top. The residents of communities have a responsibility to clean their homes, but the parish councils and the powers that be must do their part. The onus is not only on the public (citizens) but the Government also.
What is the sense of fogging when these drains and gullies are not being dealt with? Reports are made, but it takes weeks for the red tape to run out for them to be dealt with; meanwhile, the mosquitoes are multiplying. Mosquitoes do migrate, I believe, so we need to deal with these open sores.
The mosquitoes cannot be eradicated if our drains, gullies and canals have stagnant waters where these mosquitoes can breed in bliss.
Furthermore, something needs to be done about those waterlogged bushy lands on the Spanish Town bypass and other areas, as they assist in breeding these mosquitoes. Owners of these lands need to play their part in caring for their land and getting rid of stagnant water (draining these lands). An alternative is to clean these lands and attach the cost of the work to the property owners' tax bill.
A Concerned Citizen