February 5 is Clean-Up Day in Portmore

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  • The Portmore Municipal Council has scheduled February 5 as a clean-up day, to eliminate mosquito breeding sites.
  • Acting Mayor of Portmore, Leon Thomas, is encouraging residents to call the Council for assistance to remove large items, instead of throwing them in open areas, where they can become breeding sites.
  • The Acting Mayor said they have intensified the Zika Virus awareness campaign to educate the residents about the disease, and how they can eradicate sites around their houses where the mosquito can breed.

The Portmore Municipal Council has scheduled February 5 as a clean-up day, to eliminate mosquito breeding sites.

“Meetings were held with tyre shop operators and other vendors in Portmore and on that day, the Municipal Council, in partnership with  the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA), will remove all old tyres and other large objects that can become mosquito breeding sites,” Acting Mayor of Portmore, Leon Thomas, told JIS News in an interview.

He is also encouraging residents to call the Council for assistance to remove large items, instead of throwing them in open areas, where they can become  breeding sites.

The Acting Mayor said they have intensified the Zika Virus awareness campaign to educate the residents about the disease, and how they can eradicate sites around their houses where the mosquito can breed.

Mr. Thomas said other activities in the  campaign include a Town Hall meeting at the Council on February 4, with all school principals, ministers of religion, executives of citizen associations, and business operators in Portmore;  and a mass meeting on February 11 at the Portmore Heart Academy.  He is encouraging residents to come out and ask questions to learn more about the virus.

He pointed out that trained persons have been taking part in meetings of parent-teacher associations, citizen associations and church groups.

The Acting Mayor noted that communities such as Hellshire, Greater Portmore, Cedar Grove and others have been fogged and this will continue.

Mr. Thomas is urging persons to take personal responsibility in protecting themselves and to get information about ZikV, being shared on the radio, television and on the website of the Council.

“Do not panic. We want to reassure you that work is being done to prevent any outbreak of the virus,” Mr. Thomas said, adding that 60 additional trained health workers are on the ground.

He also noted that trained persons are at all post offices, police stations, libraries, youth information centres and traffic lights “handing out flyers with prevention information about the Zika Virus.”

The first case of the Zika Virus  was detected in a young  child in Portmore, who travelled from Texas in the United States. The child has since recovered fully.

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