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Five-day clean-up exercise

Published:Saturday | July 2, 2016 | 7:00 AM

The National Clean-up Programme moved into communities in South West St Andrew yesterday, where Minister of Local Government and Community Development Desmond McKenzie will lead citizens and partner agencies in a five-day clean-up exercise.

Persons met at the Majesty Gardens playing field at 9:30 a.m., then moved into the various communities.

Focus is being placed on removing bulky waste such as old cars, tyres, refrigerators, and other appliances, and clearing open lots. Special attention is also being placed on unregulated garages.

South West St Andrew is the fourth leg of the national campaign, aimed at encouraging residents to clean their personal spaces so as to eliminate breeding sites of mosquitoes, particularly in light of the Zika virus and other vector-borne diseases.

The programme is being driven by a national task force established by Prime Minister Andrew Holness and spearheaded by the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development.

Partners in the clean-up programme are the National Works Agency, the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management, the Jamaica Fire Brigade, the Jamaica Emergency Employment Programme, the National Solid Waste Management Authority, and the Ministry of Health.