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Give us more resources to fight dengue – Barnswell

Published:Saturday | February 9, 2019 | 12:00 AM

MAY PEN, Clarendon:

Scean Barnswell, councillor for the Hayes division, wants more resources to fight dengue fever in the parish.

Citing statistics from the Clarendon Health Department, Barnswell said in a release that 123 suspected cases of dengue fever have been reported for January.

However, medical officer for the department, Dr Kimberley Scarlett Campbell, said it is still early days yet to say whether the suspected cases are trending down.

“I know that the councillors have taken it seriously. They are doing clean-up and we are monitoring the trends, but it is still too early to tell. So far, it seems to be going down, but we just can’t say everything is okay,” she said.

Campbell said that the vector-control team is mostly targeting the areas where there are reports of suspected cases.

She said MPs are also involved in the clean-up process, even going as far as paying persons to get the job done.

“We are fogging the schools, as well as trying to get them to clean up their environment. We wrote to the principals and everything to tell them that we are coming and they must clean up their school,” Campbell said.