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National Clean-Up in June

Published:Saturday | May 21, 2016 | 12:00 AM
Acting Chief Medical Officer in the Ministry of Health, Dr Winston De La Haye, (left) and Pan-American Health Organisation technical advisor, Dr Taraleen Malcolm, examine a bottle for possible mosquito larvae. Occasion was a mosquito search and destroy operation in Portland, May 14.

National Clean-Up in June

The second leg of the National Clean-Up Programme will get under way in Portland in June. This was announced by Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Desmond McKenzie, during a meeting with stakeholders at the Hotel Tim Bamboo in the parish recently. He said the seven-day exercise will involve the removal of bulky waste from targeted communities.

McKenzie noted that as one of the preferred areas for tourism, Portland is in need of "special attention" to improve the cleanliness and overall appeal.

He informed that officers from the Social Development Commission and the Portland Parish Council will be conducting sensitisation sessions in the parish.

Residents are invited to participate in two town hall meetings prior to the start of the clean-up exercise, to air their concerns and suggest ways in which the ministry can better serve the parish. The meetings are scheduled for Port Antonio and Buff Bay on June 1 and 2, respectively.

McKenzie is encouraging residents to support the exercise, stressing the need for them to take personal responsibility for the cleanliness of their surroundings. He warned that persons found to have disposed of items illegally will be prosecuted.