$100m allocated for Zika fight, 50,000 drum covers ordered
The Health Ministry has allocated $100 million to fight the Zika Virus (ZIKV).
Speaking at a press conference this morning, health minister, Dr Christopher Tufton said the government will be ordering 50,000 drum covers, as it works to eradicate mosquito breeding sites across Jamaica.
He noted that fogging was a temporary solution for getting rid of mosquitoes and argued that eradication of breeding sites was Jamaica’s best hope of controlling mosquito-borne diseases.
Tufton said research has shown that drums used to collect water for household use accounted for 75 per cent of breeding sites and dealing with them could significantly reduce the mosquito population.
Tufton also said the ministry will be looking to use small fish to control the mosquito population.