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  • Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Hon. Desmond McKenzie, has called on all citizens to join in the fight against the spread of the Zika virus, by ridding their surroundings of breeding sites for mosquitoes.
  • Minister McKenzie was addressing a town hall meeting at the Rusea’s High School in Lucea, Hanover, yesterday (September 8), ahead of tomorrow’s (September 10) national clean-up campaign in the parish.
  • He said the Government intends to do “everything that is possible to awaken the consciousness of the Jamaican people.

Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Hon. Desmond McKenzie, has called on all citizens to join in the fight against the spread of the Zika virus, by ridding their surroundings of breeding sites for mosquitoes.

He noted that while the Government is committed to combating the disease, “it is in our interest that we observe all the notices and information … we must do the things that are necessary to ensure that we help to minimise the spread of this Zika virus”.

Minister McKenzie was addressing a town hall meeting at the Rusea’s High School in Lucea, Hanover, yesterday (September 8), ahead of tomorrow’s (September 10) national clean-up campaign in the parish.

“As citizens of Hanover, you all can contribute (to the Zika fight) by… getting rid of all the material that will generate and hold water,” he told the residents.

He said the Government intends to do “everything that is possible to awaken the consciousness of the Jamaican people. In a couple of weeks’ time, myself and the Minister of Tourism will be making a major announcement that will speak to intensifying the clean-up exercise across Jamaica”.

He pledged to match any funds identified by the Hanover Parish Council for the cleaning and covering of drains.

Minister McKenzie also said the anti-litter law is being reviewed to provide stricter penalties for improper garbage disposal.

The clean-up exercise in Hanover will see the removal of bulky waste from communities and public spaces.

Clean-up activities have already been undertaken in St. James, Portland and St. Andrew, resulting in the removal of some 25,000 tons of garbage and bulky waste.