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Mosquito spraying in Portmore should resume by the end of April, as the Municipal Council has purchased its own spraying equipment. Mayor of Portmore, George Lee, told JIS News that spraying in the past was carried out by the St. Catherine Health Department, but that group was constrained from carrying out regular spraying for various reasons.
“Portmore with all its challenges need a continuous spraying programme, so we decided to equip ourselves with the capability to conduct spraying and so we bought the machine that will allow us to conduct our own spraying,” the Mayor pointed out. Mr. Lee said that a study was carried out in the third quarter of 2005 to find a suitable method to control the mosquitoes and to choose the best type of chemical to use in spraying. He added that the results were not available as yet, but the Council was eagerly anticipating the findings.
The Mayor emphasised that the residents of Portmore also had a part to play in getting rid of containers that provided breeding grounds for the mosquitoes. “Mosquitoes do not only breed in drains, they can be found in cans and pots in the backyard, so citizens have to ensure that their surroundings are clean and tidy,” he said.
Mr. Lee also noted that the Municipality would be stepping up the pace in the cleaning of drains.”We are now maintaining some of them, but we have to reach the point where we have an effective maintenance programme for all the drains in Portmore,” the Mayor told JIS News.
He said that the purchasing of spraying equipment did not mean that the Council would be pulling away from the St. Catherine Health Department. “On the contrary, we will continue to work closely with them, but at the same time develop our capability to carry out our own spraying exercise,” he noted.