JIS News

The Hanover Health Department has embarked on a vector control programme, as some areas in the parish have seen an increase in the mosquito population since the passing of Hurricane Dennis on July 7. A grant of $288,000 has been made available to the health department by the Hanover Parish Council, specifically for the implementation of the programme.The grant was approved at the regular monthly meeting of the Council, held on July 14 in Lucea.
Medical Officer of Health for the parish, Dr. Dian Campbell-Stennett told the meeting that the parish has been receiving a more than normal amount of rainfall, which has caused flooding and water settling in some areas.
She pointed out that the department planned to carry out both an adulticidal and larvaecidal programme, aimed at eradicating the adult and young mosquitoes.The Medical Officer said that the health department had already started implementation of the programme in areas with large bodies of water, such as the Chigwell and Forrest districts.
The programme will involve both fogging and oiling in the various communities, she said. The other communities which have been identified for implementation of the programme include Hopewell, Sandy Bay, Green Island and Lucea.