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  • The national clean-up campaign, aimed at ridding communities of mosquito breeding sites, moves to Hanover this weekend.
  • The clean-up activity will be 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 national clean-up campaign, aimed at ridding communities of mosquito breeding sites, moves to Hanover this weekend.

Local Government and Community Development Minister, Hon. Desmond McKenzie, will lead a multi-agency team in a parish-wide clean-up exercise on Saturday (September 10), aimed at removing bulky waste such as refrigerators, stoves, washing machines, sofas and other material.

The clean-up activity will be 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. Both meetings are slated to begin at 5:30 pm.

In attendance will be representatives from several partnering agencies, including the Ministry of Health, National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA), National Works Agency (NWA), Hanover Parish Council and local community groups.

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.