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  • The National Health Emergency Vector Control Clean Up campaign moved into the West Kingston community this week as the Government continues to take steps to contain the transmission of the Chikungunya Virus (CHIKV).
  • On Thursday, October 30, members of the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF), and the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), went into the area with heavy duty equipment to clear a major gully which runs from a section of Tivoli Gardens to Marcus Garvey Drive.
  • Coordinator of the national response team, who led the West Kingston clean-up effort, Colonel Daniel Pryce, said 19 loads, or 300 tonnes, of solid waste were removed during the exercise.

The National Health Emergency Vector Control Clean Up campaign moved into the West Kingston community this week as the Government continues to take steps to contain the transmission of the Chikungunya Virus (CHIKV).

On Thursday, October 30, members of the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF), and the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), went into the area with heavy duty equipment to clear a major gully which runs from a section of Tivoli Gardens to Marcus Garvey Drive.

Coordinator of the national response team, who led the West Kingston clean-up effort, Colonel Daniel Pryce, said 19 loads, or 300 tonnes, of solid waste were removed during the exercise.

Colonel Pryce told JIS News that the site was among those identified as a high-risk mosquito breeding site by a Ministry of Health survey.

“We are guided by the surveys that have been done by the Ministry of Health, that has mapped breeding sites…we give those sites priority, irrespective of where they are,” he said.

He said that in the days ahead, clean-up activities will continue in Tivoli Gardens, Denham Town and Hannah Town.

“There is a roadway (in Denham Town), that we need to clear of debris and small shrubs growing in the roadway. Also, Drummond Street in Hannah Town, and garbage sites in Tivoli Gardens will be cleared,” he informed.

He said similar exercises will be carried out in other communities in Kingston, St. Andrew and St. Catherine to rid communities of mosquito breeding sites.

Colonel Pryce is urging residents to assist the effort and keep areas that have been cleaned clear of garbage.

The national health emergency vector control clean-up campaign is spearheaded by Information Minister, Senator the Hon. Sandrea Falconer and involves stakeholders in the Ministry of Health; the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management; the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF); the Jamaica Emergency Employment (JEEP) Secretariat; and the Ministry of Finance and Planning.

Prime Minister, the Most. Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, on October 14, announced that $500 million has been provided to address some critical areas of the national health emergency response.

The objective, she said, is to reduce mosquito breeding sites starting with the worst affected areas as indicated by the Health Ministry’s mapping project.

The allocation is as follows: $150 million to meet some critical emergency needs of the Ministry of Health; $70 million for Parish Councils – $5 million per parish; $126 million for activities led by Members of Parliament – $2 million per constituency; and the remaining 154 million dollars will be utilized for additional clean-up and vector control activities based on reports from the Ministry of Health in consultation with other stakeholders.

These amounts are in addition to $131 million which has been provided from the Consolidated Fund to the National Solid Waste Management Authority to clear the backlog in garbage collection.