Clean-up day for St Ann today
A MASSIVE parish clean-up day is the result of a sub-committee meeting of the St Ann Parish Council Disaster Preparedness Committee held last Friday to discuss the outbreak of the chikungunya virus affecting the island, and more specifically St Ann.
The clean-up day, which is planned for today, should see residents in the parish exercising their personal efforts and time to rid their communities and yard spaces of anything that is breeding ground for the Aedes aegypti mosquitoes that spread the virus.
Residents in the parish are asked to remove and place all garbage at central collection points in their communities. Old tyres, cans, bottles and other items that can store water should be high on the list of items to be disposed of. Representatives of the various agencies have volunteered to work in the communities in the parish to assist with clean-up activities.
The meeting was spearheaded by the Medical Officer of Health and saw representatives from various agencies in the parish, including the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management, The Jamaica Constabulary Force, The Jamaica Fire Brigade, The Rural Agricultural Development Authority, The Social Development Commission, The Ministry of Labour and Social Security, The National Solid Waste Management Authority, among others.