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PNP blames lepto infections in Clarendon on poor garbage collection

Published:Monday | July 17, 2017 | 12:00 AM

The Opposition People's National Party (PNP) is blaming the increase in leptospirosis infections in Clarendon on poor garbage collection and waste management.

Opposition spokesman on Local Government, Noel Arscott, says there is now a rat infestation problem in the northern section of the parish.

He is raising alarm that there could be an outbreak of leptospirosis infections beyond the borders of the parish if the situation is not addressed.

In a release this morning, Arscott, who is also the Member of Parliament for southwestern Clarendon, says the garbage pile-up in some areas is about to reach a public health emergency.

He is calling for a performance audit to be done on the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) and its sub-agencies, which are responsible for garbage collection and waste management.

At the monthly meeting of the Clarendon Municipal Corporation last week, the Clarendon Medical Officer of Health Dr Kimberly Scarlett Campbell told councillors that there have been five reports of leptospirosis infections.

Dr Scarlett Campbell said two persons died from the infection.