JIS News

St. Ann Jamaica Bauxite Partners has donated a sum of $100,000 to support a rodent control programme, which is now underway in the Discovery Bay area.
The programme, which is being carried out by the St. Ann Health Department, is aimed at stemming the level of rat infestation as well as reducing the risk of disease transmission, particularly leptospirosis.
“When we became aware that there was the rat infestation problem in the Discovery Bay community, we immediately responded to the call of the St. Ann Health Department and we are indeed happy that we did,” Nelson Barton of the St. Ann Jamaica Bauxite Partners Public Relations Department, told JIS News.
He pointed out that they were aware of how dangerous rats could be in regards to the spread of leptospirosis, and that St. Ann Jamaica Bauxite Partners were committed to ensuring the health of not only the employees in the organization, but of the wider community as well.
“Our intervention in this programme is just a part of our on-going commitment and as much as we can, we will continue to assist in this regard,” he said.
Vector Control Officer for the parish, Mark Miller told JIS News that several public education meetings have been slated for areas in Discovery Bay, such as Old Folly, Black Ants Corner, Jack’s Lodge and Farm Town.
“Our Health Educators have been conducting these meetings in the different areas and we will continue to work with the Jamaica Information Service (JIS) in this campaign, so as to achieve the best results,” he said, adding that training seminars were ongoing for the business entrepreneurs in the area.
He said the public education campaign should continue until about mid April, at which time the setting of rat baits would begin. “We will be setting baits in open lots, in bamboo joints, in drains and in schools,” he noted.
Mr. Miller thanked St. Ann Jamaica Bauxite Partners for their invaluable contribution to the programme, and appealed to members of the various communities to support the health education campaign and learn about proper rodent control.