JIS News

Story Highlights

  • Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Hon. Desmond McKenzie, as well as other stakeholders on Saturday (September 10) participated in clean-up activities for the Parish of Hanover.
  • Speaking in an interview with JIS News, Minister McKenzie said the project received tremendous support from residents of the targeted communities on day one.
  • The Local Government Ministry is spearheading the National Task Force established by Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, to address the island’s state of cleanliness, particularly in light of the ZIKA virus, among other mosquito-borne diseases.

Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Hon. Desmond McKenzie, as well as other stakeholders on Saturday (September 10) participated in clean-up activities for the Parish of Hanover.

The five day clean-up campaign is part of ongoing efforts by Government to remove mosquito breeding sites in communities across the island, in light of the threat of the Zika Virus.

Speaking in an interview with JIS News, Minister McKenzie said the project received tremendous support from residents of the targeted communities on day one.

“I am very touched by the involvement of the communities in Hanover. A number of questions that were posed at the Town Hall Meeting (on September 8) tell you that the people in Hanover are aware of what is taking place and they themselves want to see significant improvements,” he stated.

He added that he was anticipating that between 80 and 85 per cent of the bulky solid waste will be removed from households and other areas during the five day clean-up programme.

The day’s activities saw several truck loads of bulky household waste including old refrigerators, stoves, washing machines, sofas and other material removed to the Retirement Landfill site in St. James.

The clean-up activity was preceded by two town meetings at the Rusea’s High School in Lucea and the Bethel Methodist Church Hall in Hopewell on September 8 and 9, respectively.

The Local Government Ministry is spearheading the National Task Force established by Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, to address the island’s state of cleanliness, particularly in light of the ZIKA virus, among other mosquito-borne diseases.

The task force also includes the Ministry of Health, NSWMA, Social Development Commission (SDC), NWA, Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) and Jamaica Defence Force (JDF).

Clean-up activities have already been undertaken in St. James, Portland and St. Andrew.