Montego Bay Mayor launches multi-million-dollar dengue eradication effort

Mayor of Montego Bay Councillor Homer Davis (Photo: Okoye Henry, JIS)

Chairman of the St. James Municipal Corporation, Councillor Homer Davis, has announced a $4.5-million initiative to control the spread of dengue in the parish.

Davis, who doubles as the Mayor of Montego Bay, said the project will be executed with support from the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development, with each of the 17 divisions across the parish allocated $250,000. 

The mayor’s office will also receive $250,000. 

Councillor Davis was addressing the Ministry of Health & Wellness St. James Town Hall Meeting, at the Montego Bay Cultural Centre in Sam Sharpe Square last Thursday (Feb 6).

“In addition, a $10-million programme is to be rolled out soon in which a major public education and sensitisation programme will be executed across the parish of St. James,” the mayor outlined.

“This programme is aimed at ensuring that all citizens understand the role they must play in this fight against the vector-borne illness,” he added.

The town hall meeting was used to provide updates on developments in St. James and western Jamaica, particularly activities being undertaken in relation to dengue and the novel coronavirus.

Mayor Davis lauded Health Minister Christopher Tufton, for continuing to outfit the sector with much-needed resources to assist vector-control programmes in St. James and Jamaica on a whole.

“I urge you all to make a commitment to join the fight against vector-borne and airborne diseases. I encourage you to keep your environment clean and dispose of your garbage in a responsible way,” Davis told the audience.

“Dispose of your garbage, not in gullies but in bins provided by the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA). In doing that, we will make our environment a much safer place,” he added.