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Some pregnant women to receive mosquito nets, container lids from gov't

Published:Monday | April 10, 2017 | 4:31 PM

The Ministry of Local Government and the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF ) are to distribute 1,000 bed nets to pregnant mothers in seven parishes.

The bed nets are to help minimise the exposure of pregnant women to the aedes aegypti mosquito, the vector responsible for the transmission of pathogenic viruses that cause diseases such as Zik-V, Chic-V and Dengue Fever.

Two-thousand-five-hundred specialised lids for covering water storage containers will be provided to residents.

The lids are to help prevent mosquito breeding.

The project is being done under the World Bank-funded Integrated Community Development Project and is being implemented by JSIF in partnership with various community groups and the Ministry of Health.

It is estimated that approximately 3,500 persons in 30 communities will benefit directly from the project. 

At least 140,000 individuals will indirectly benefit from the project.

In addition to the distribution of the nets and lids, the project requires that residents voluntarily participate in clean-up exercises to rid the communities of mosquito breeding sites.