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  • Phase two of clean-up activities in Portmore, geared at reducing the spread of the Chikungunya virus (ChikV) in the municipality, will begin on Saturday, November 8, starting at 7:00 a.m.
  • The work, which will continue into Sunday, November 9, will take place in zone two of the municipality, which has been divided into four zones for the purpose of the clean-up exercise.
  • It is part of the national health emergency vector control clean-up campaign for which the Government has allocated $500 million.

Phase two of clean-up activities in Portmore, geared at reducing the spread of the Chikungunya virus (ChikV) in the municipality, will begin on Saturday, November 8, starting at 7:00 a.m.

The work, which will continue into Sunday, November 9, will take place in zone two of the municipality, which has been divided into four zones for the purpose of the clean-up exercise.

It is part of the national health emergency vector control clean-up campaign for which the Government has allocated $500 million.

A total of 27 major communities will be targeted over the two days. These are: Braeton Parkway, Braeton Phase 1, Bridgeview, Bridgeport, Congreve Park, Cumberland, Cumberland Meadows, Garveymeade, Germaine Road, Independence City, Industrial Park, Marine Park, Mount Royal, Naggo Head, Passagefort, Portmore Gardens, Portmore Gardens Phase 2, Portmore Park, Portmore Pines, Rosemerry Castle, Silverstone, Southboro, West Cumberland, Westchester, Westmeade, Westmeade Willows and Westport.

Portmore Municipal Council is spearheading the works, which will include drain clearing, cleaning open lots, bushing and fogging.

The plans for the undertaking were revealed during a meeting hosted by the Portmore Municipal Council on November 4, in the Council’s Chambers.

Acting Mayor of Portmore, Councillor Leon Thomas, who chaired the meeting, assured that no community within the zone will be bypassed during the two-day exercise.

He appealed to residents to do their part to clean-up their immediate surroundings, and gather larger waste such as fridges, stoves, tyres and so on, so that they can be easily collected by National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) units.

National Clean-up Co-ordinator, Colonel Daniel Pryce, stressed that it is important that the citizens of Portmore be a part of the country’s vector control efforts to reduce the breeding sites of the Aedes Aegypti mosquito, which transmits ChikV.

He explained that Portmore has been zoned “so that we can concentrate our resources to be able to be more efficient and effective in removing the waste from your area”.

The national health emergency vector control clean-up campaign is being spearheaded by a team involving: 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 under the chairmanship of Information Minister, Senator the Hon. Sandrea Falconer.

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