JIS News

The  Ministry of Health has resumed its vector control operations, which had been suspended, due to the passage of Hurricane Sandy on October 24.

This was disclosed by Director of Emergency Disaster Management and Special Services in the Ministry,Dr. Marion Bullock Ducasse,during an  interview with JIS News at the Bustamante Children’s Hospital in Kingston, on October  26.

She informed that teams have also been deployed to assist in destroying breeding sites, “and of course the adulticidal activities will resume, that is the spraying and the fogging."

“In some parishes, teams are out actually working with the communities to remove some of the areas where there can be mosquito breeding. So, we are asking the communities for their usual assistance in reducing sites where there can be breeding,” she said.

The Director  pointed out that for next week, all parishes will resume vector control activities, informing that fogging will be conducted regularly and schedules will be provided.

She is encouraging citizens to play their part in ensuring that they protect themselves and their families from the disease.

Dengue fever is a severe flu-like viral disease transmitted by the aedes aegypti mosquito.  It is endemic to Jamaica and from time to time there is a seasonal increase in the number of reported cases in the country.

Common symptoms of dengue include sudden onset of high fever with severe headache, pain behind the eyes, muscle pain, bone or joint pain, and vomiting or feeling nauseous.

Dr. Ducasse is reminding Jamaicans to remove all the possible areas that allow for the breeding of mosquitoes.

In the meantime, the Ministry of Health is monitoring the island’s food establishments to ensure that consumers  are protected, especially in areas where  there is no electricity.

The Ministry is also  monitoring butchers to ensure that only  fresh meat is distributed to the trade.