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ZIKV clean-up day planned for three St Catherine communities

Published:Friday | February 19, 2016 | 1:47 PM

Three communities in St Catherine will benefit from a Ministry of Health-led national clean-up day tomorrow.

The move comes as the country intensifies activities to cut down the mosquito population in light of the threat of the Zika virus (ZIKV).

Old Braeton and Reed’s Pen in Portmore, and Rivoli in Spanish Town, will be the focus of the clean-up activity.

The health ministry says the health team will start its work in Portmore and then move on to Spanish Town.

The ministry says other partners in the clean-up effort include the Ministries of Education and Local Government; and the National Solid Waste Management Authority.

Acting Chief Medical Officer in the Ministry of Health, Dr Winston De La Haye, has appealed to residents in the communities and the general public to play their party in identifying and destroying mosquito breeding sites.

Dr De La Haye says ZIKV is a preventable illness and all Jamaicans must come together to reduce its impact on the country.

He was speaking at the launch of the St Catherine clean-up day at the St Jago Park Health Centre in the parish on Wednesday.

He pointed out that similar activities will take place in other parishes.