Clean-up on in earnest
Clean-up operations to rid homes in communities in Portland of waste, wares, and water-holding containers which can contribute to the breeding of mosquitoes is on in earnest.
The clean-up exercise, which commenced on June 4, is reportedly reaping results as truck-loads of waste, old furniture, old vehicles, zinc and other materials have been removed from several communities.
"It is going smoothly and the response from residents is commendable," said Benny White, deputy mayor of Port Antonio.
"At a time when we are under threat from the Zika virus, it is imperative for persons to ensure their surroundings are clean and to make the effort to eliminate mosquito-breeding sites. Work teams are split across the constituency to ensure every household is visited and garbage removed. Additionally, drains and gullies are being cleaned by work teams," he added.
The eight-day clean-up exercise was launched on June 2 at Hotel Tim Bamboo by Minister of Local Government Desmond McKenzie, who outlined the varied aspects of the exercise.
So far, the parish has recorded one case of the H1N1 virus and there are reports of persons being treated for rash, joint pains, and fever, symptoms similar to that of the Zika virus.