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Be proactive against ZIKV threat

Published:Saturday | June 4, 2016 | 6:00 AM

THURSday, July 2, 2016, a concerned citizen commented, "Everyone must help to fight ZIKV," and I share similar sentiments. The hurricane season has begun. The yearly duration spans from the first of June to November 30.

We are not immune to the many illnesses that accompany this rainy season. Currently, we are battling the increase in Zika virus cases. But all well-thinking Jamaicans must realise that there is a lot that each of us can do, and must do, to prevent the continued spread of these illnesses.

I must commend the health department for the campaigns that is being done to make the general population more aware of conditions. I do agree that we ought to have better documentation and reporting of all suspected cases in each parish by our health team. The reporting protocol will indeed heighten the awareness of what really is upon us.

 

EVERYBODY'S BUSINESS

 

Each household must ensure that all garbage is properly disposed of. If there is a drain located close to one's dwelling, it must be properly maintained. Do not permit anyone to discard garbage in surrounding drains. When these drainage systems are blocked, the wastewater will need to find other routes, which may very well be in your own house's path.

We do not need to mourn the lives of anyone in the future because of drowning if all drains are maintained. Please, Jamaicans, we must take charge of our health.

I blame the Government for the lack of forward planning. We do not need to wait for an epidemic to occur to act. We need to act now. It's simple. Regular maintenance of all drains is all that is needed, with the help of all our people.

While the cleaning of drains is primarily the duty of parish and municipal councils, we cannot sit back and simply wait on them. The onus rests on the residents who are located closest to the source of danger.

JONESHIA BRYAN-THOMAS

Mandeville, Manchester