De La Haye rejects claims of ZIKV neglect in Portmore
Acting Chief Medical Officer in the Ministry of Health, Dr Winston De La Haye, is dismissing claims by the acting Mayor of Portmore Leon Thomas that the ministry has failed to deploy adequate Zika virus (ZIKV) prevention measures in the municipality.
Thomas says since the Jamaica Labour Party government took office, the health ministry has not funded any Zika prevention initiatives in the Municipality, despite knowing that Portmore is a high-risk area for the disease.
According to him, all the initiatives including drain cleaning, destruction of mosquito breeding sites and clearing of overgrown areas have been funded by the municipal council.
The acting Portmore mayor says the Ministry has not made good on an earlier announcement that it would allocate money through the municipal council to carry out mosquito eradication in Portmore.
However, the acting chief medical officer says there is no truth to the claims.
De La Haye says the health ministry is aware of the mosquito population in Portmore and that’s why the ministry kicked off its national vector control campaign in the municipality in Portmore.
He further says the ministry has conducted regular fogging activities in Portmore along with other mosquito control initiatives.
He describes the claims of neglect as unfortunate.