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The St. Ann Health Department will be engaged in a clean-up of the Discovery Bay area on Labour Day, May 23.
Vector Control Officer at the St. Ann Health Department, Mark Miller, told JIS News that the clean-up exercise was a part of the Rodent Control Programme, which was currently underway in the Discovery Bay area.
He explained that the programme was designed in three phases, with residents learning about rodent control methods through public education fora in the first, then the setting of baits in the second.
“On Labour Day we will be carrying out activities such as the cleaning of drains, bushing of premises and removing illegal refuse dumps, especially in the Farm Town roadway, Old Folly and the Top Bay communities,” he said, adding that this plan of action would be the third phase of the programme.
Mr. Miller pointed out that St. Ann Jamaica Bauxite Partners have been supporting the programme “tremendously”, and that other agencies such as the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) and the North Eastern Parks and Markets Limited (NEPM) have been actively involved as well.
“The NSWMA will be providing us with trucks for garbage collection and we will also be mobilizing persons in these communities, so that they can come together and assist in the cleaning-up of the areas,” he said.
Citing the theme for National Labour Day 2006 -‘Jamaica’s Beauty – Our Duty’ – Mr. Miller said that community members should make themselves available on Labour Day in Discovery Bay and “give of their best to the project”.