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  • Scores of public sector workers, on March 7, benefited from training in the use of vector control equipment, including the fogging machine.
  • The fogging machine is used under the Ministry of Health’s vector control programme. The unit is designed for the use with all common insecticides and disinfectants for vector control, such as the Aedes aegypti mosquito.
  • Before any fogging is done, a team goes into a community; announcements are made asking persons who have respiratory illnesses, to take certain actions.

Scores of public sector workers, on March 7, benefited from training in the use of vector control equipment, including the fogging machine.

The training was held on the compound of Estac Industrial Agencies Limited, off Spanish Town Road, Kingston 11.

In an interview with JIS News, Managing Director of Estac Industrial Agencies Limited, Earl Crooks, said the training is to ensure that proper practices are followed by the operators of the equipment.

“The Ministry of Health is really very aggressive in their vector control programme and we support fully what they are doing. For that reason, they themselves are buying a lot of the machines and we are training their staff,” Mr. Crooks said.

Other agencies represented included the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) and the Pest Control Authority.

The fogging machine is used under the Ministry of Health’s vector control programme. The unit is designed for the use with all common insecticides and disinfectants for vector control, such as the Aedes aegypti mosquito.

The Aedes aegypti mosquito, which is found in and around areas where people live, work and play, transmit the Zika Virus (ZikV).

Before any fogging is done, a team goes into a community; announcements are made asking persons who have respiratory illnesses, to take certain actions.

These actions include covering their nose with a wet rag or not to be present in the area that is going to be fogged.