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The Ministry of Health is appealing to persons in the parishes of St. Catherine, Kingston and St. Andrew to contact the Public Health Department prior to holding events, including parties.
“This appeal is so that they can obtain the necessary permission and also information as to what is to be done,” Acting Chief Medical Officer (CMO), Dr. Shelia Campbell-Forrester told JIS News. In cases where permission is granted by the Public Health Department, she said the field inspectors would pre-treat the area before the event so as to reduce the risk of mosquito bites to patrons. The Acting CMO is also encouraging persons to take responsibility for their own health. This means heeding the tips to protect oneself against malaria. “When you are going out, you should put on the insect repellent and we recommend the ones that contain the compound Deet, and wear the appropriate clothing – long sleeved shirts, long pants and socks so that you are well covered,” she stressed. “Even those body parts that tend to be exposed.we ask that ladies in particular, wear their blouses to cover those areas. Also the mosquitoes like dark colours so we encourage persons to wear light colours,” the Acting CMO added. Persons are advised to visit their doctor or health facility if they have any of the following symptoms: fever, chills, vomiting, headaches and muscle pains.