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Health ministry spending additional $16 million on vector control activities

Published:Wednesday | May 31, 2017 | 5:13 AM

The Ministry of Health says it is to spend an additional $16 million to procure supplies and employ temporary workers as it steps up its vector control activities in light of the recent rains.

St Ann, Portland, St Mary, Clarendon, Manchester, St Elizabeth, Trelawny, Kingston and St Andrew and St Catherine were the most affected parishes.

The health ministry notes that the seasonal increase in vector-borne diseases transmitted by the Aedes aegypti mosquito begins in June each year.  

As a result, the Ministry says it intends to hire 500 additional temporary workers throughout the months of June to August for increased vector control activities as well as public education.

The health ministry further says it will be heightening its vector control interventions  such as the oiling of pools of water and increased fogging.

It says the additional activities are estimated to cost $65 million, with $45 million accounting for temporary workers and $20 million for supplies.

The Ministry of Health says there are no indications currently of an outbreak of any vector-borne diseases.  

The Ministry says it will, however, continue to monitor vector-borne disease conditions locally and globally and will respond appropriately. 

The public is still being reminded to take the necessary precautions to reduce and/or eliminate all mosquito breeding sites in and around homes and communities.