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Duncan-Price to lead zikV clean-up in East Rural St Andrew

Published:Thursday | January 21, 2016 | 1:00 AM
Imani Duncan-Price

Senator Imani Duncan-Price, the People's National Party's (PNP) candidate for East Rural St Andrew, is slated to lead clean-up efforts in the constituency, aimed at tackling the looming threat of the Zika virus (zikV).

The first initiative has been set for Sunday at 2 p.m. in the Bull Bay division, where community-based organisations and residents have been mobilised to participate in the clean-up.

The four-week 'Our Community - Our Responsibility' drive is expected to see various target areas across the constituency benefiting from the clearing of debris, including plastic bottles and possible mosquito-breeding sites, in addition to general education on water storage and how to treat water during the drought, as well as sensitisation on the virus.

The drive covers key areas in Bull Bay on January 24, Harbour View on January 30, as well as Kintyre, Gordon Town, and Mavis Bank in February 2016.

With the impending threat of zikV to the island, Duncan-Price says she has organised for health officials to accompany her and councillors from East Rural St Andrew to work with community members across the divisions to join the clean-up activities in the constituency.

In encouraging what she calls 'fullticipation' of members of the constituency, Duncan-Price said: "We must remember that this type of push is not the work of Government alone. It's about each and every one of us doing what we can to ensure we keep the areas around our homes clean and free of breeding sites."

She added: "Our homes are our personal responsibility, our communities are our collective responsibility. Together we can make a difference."

Duncan-Price also encouraged leaders across the island to stage similar activities in their communities.

SENSITISE AND EDUCATE

Showing his support for the initiative, Member of Parliament of East Rural St Andrew Damion Crawford said: "I commend the proactivity of Senator Duncan-Price as we move to sensitise, educate, and clean up ... we want to ensure the residents [of the constituency] and the entire Jamaica, as a matter of fact, are educated, enabled and prepared to fight against this mosquito-borne virus. At the same time, we have to encourage citizens to make the behaviour change and keep our places clean."

Duncan-Price also encouraged Juliet Holness, who is expected to run against her on the Jamaica Labour Party ticket when the next general election is called, to join in leading similar activities to ensure a cleaner and safer East Rural St Andrew.

"I want to encourage Mrs Holness to 'fullticipate' and join in the activities to clean up the constituency. I think if we set the example and lay the foundation, it will be the best thing for the people of East Rural and the nation at large," Duncan-Price said.