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NERHA acts quickly to stem mosquito threat

Published:Wednesday | September 26, 2018 | 12:00 AM

The North East Regional Health Authority (NERHA) has acted quickly to stem the spread of mosquitoes in Douglas Castle, St Ann, after a Television Jamaica report on September 15 highlighted a threat in the community.

Weeks of rainfall had led to stagnant water and subsequent increase in mosquito breeding.

In a release, NERHA's public relations and advocate officer, Angeline Whyte, said under the Enhanced Vector Control Programme ongoing interventions have been done in high-risk communities in St Ann since July 16, to find and destroy breeding sites.

After the news story on TVJ, the vector control team visited Douglas Castle on September 16 and followed up with a second visit on September 18.

"The full team was in attendance and the oiling of the stagnated body of water, as well as thermal fogging, was conducted. The Regional Health Authority will continue to work with all stakeholders to reduce the impact of increased breeding of mosquitoes that takes place during the rainy season," the release said.