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Chik-V clean-up continues

Published:Sunday | October 19, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Ten-year-old Brittany White shovels some garbage from her yard during a JSIF community clean-up activity in Rose Town, south St Andrew, yesterday. - Jermaine Barnaby/Photographer

Andrew Harris, Sunday Gleaner Writer

Environmental wardens trained under the World Bank funded Inner City Basic Services Project (ICBSP) and residents of 11 inner-city communities yesterday started a massive clean-up campaign to help fight the spread of the chikungunya virus.

This is being supported by the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) under the new World Bank-funded Integrated Community Development Project (ICDP).

Several persons were busy in Rose Town, south St Andrew, when our news team arrived early yesterday morning.

Some as young as six years old were seen dragging branches to add to a number of piles along the road as trucks provided by the JSIF waited to take away the garbage.

Several persons indicated that they were still recovering from chik-V as they turned out to rid their community of breeding sites for the mosquitoes that spread the painful virus.

"The community was really affected by chik-V, and seeing that there are a lot of old people and children here, this is how we can fight it, and we jus have to do what we can," said Kevin Gray of Rose Town.

"What we have to do now is hope to continue do this whether the Government is on board or not," added Gray.

Neisha Rowe of Harris Street also expressed hope that the residents would continue to work to keep the community clean.

"We were hit bad. I'm estimating, based on what I've seen, that about 90 per cent of the community was hit by chik-V," said Rowe.