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The Ministry of Health has intensified its mosquito control activities under the National Vector Control Programme in response to the increase in the mosquito population due to intermittent rains.
Addressing the weekly post-Cabinet press briefing at Jamaica House on Wednesday (June 30), Minister with responsibility of Information, Telecommunications and Special Projects, Hon. Daryl Vaz, said that a report provided to Cabinet by Health Minister, Hon. Rudyard Spencer, indicated that a number of activities have been undertaken by the Ministry to address the problem.
These, he said, include the provision of additional funds of US$20,000, made available by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) for the procurement of additional supplies of insecticides and the procurement and distribution of spraying and fogging equipment.
The Ministry has also sent directives to the regions regarding the need to increase vector control programmes, including spraying and fogging at dusk and dawn, increased clinical surveillance, and early treatment to prevent an outbreak of mosquito-borne illnesses.
The regions have also been mandated to collaborate with other stakeholder agencies and to send weekly reports to the Ministry of Health.
Minister Vaz informed that the Health Ministry is developing public education programmes on the control of mosquito breeding and protection from mosquito bites.