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Chik-V clean-up in Seaview

Published:Sunday | October 26, 2014 | 10:00 AM

Member of Parliament for Western St Andrew Anthony Hylton has called for a collective effort to keep the Seaview Gardens community in his constituency clean.

Hylton, who is also the minister of investment and commerce, joined in the chik-V clean-up in the community yesterday and urged residents to do their part to ensure that the community is not a breeding ground for the mosquitoes which spread the virus.

"These communities are located at the bottom of a north-south drainage, so there is a constant settlement and the need for run-off of the water is evident," said Hylton.

"Whether we have the resources or not, what is needed is a twice-per-year clean-up - before and after the rainfall season Ö ," argued Hylton.

Yesterday's activities in Seaview saw residents joined by members of the Jamaica Defence Force and the Jamaica Constabulary Force tackling the drains around the community which were clogged with mostly plastic bottles and other garbage. Some mini-dumps were also removed.

"We have some of the largest manufacturing entities around the community and so the hope is to pull everyone together for a sustained effort, the Government, the private sector, the community and everyone," declared Hylton.

andrew.harris@gleanerjm.com