Gov't recruits 1,000 ZIKV inspectors
One thousand persons have been recruited by the government and are to be trained as inspectors as part of activities by the government to prepare the country for a possible introduction of the Zika Virus (ZIKV).
Minister without portfolio with responsibility for Information, Senator Sandrea Falconer, says while there is no confirmed case of the virus in Jamaica the government is taking the necessary steps to have the country in a state of readiness.
Addressing reporters at yesterday’s post-Cabinet press briefing Senator Falconer said the inspectors will then be deployed across the island to help with ZIKV related activities.
She said the heath authorities are working to mitigate against a possible spread of the virus.
For her part, Director for Health Promotion and Protection in the Ministry of Health, Dr Sonia Copeland, said the newly recruited community health workers will begin going into communities by next week.
Dr Copeland says mitigation activities will focus on key areas that are vulnerable to mosquito breeding.
She encouraged Jamaicans to take steps to reduce mosquito breeding sites from around their environment.
Recently, Health Minister, Horace Dalley, indicated that based on the spread of the Zika virus across the region, it is quite likely Jamaica will be affected.
The Zika virus is spread by the aedes aegypti mosquito, which is endemic to Jamaica.
The same mosquito spreads chikungunya and dengue fever.
Considered a deadly disease, so far there have been three reported deaths associated with the Zika virus infection.