Vector control being boosted in western Jamaica

Regional Director of the Western Regional Health Authority (WRHA), Errol Greene, addresses stakeholders during the St James Public Health Services’ Vector Control Symposium recently.
Regional Director of the Western Regional Health Authority (WRHA), Errol Greene, addresses stakeholders during the St James Public Health Services’ Vector Control Symposium recently.

Regional Director of the Western Regional Health Authority (WRHA), Errol Greene, says the Ministry of Health and Wellness is providing the necessary resources to strengthen vector control in the western parishes.

Fleet of vehicles

He said that the fleet of vehicles is being increased with eight pickup trucks ordered to add to the eight already serving the parishes.

“Even though we are doing so much, there is still a lot more to be done.”

— Greene

“We are getting yet another 10 pickup trucks for the region – three for St. James, three for Westmoreland, and two each for Hanover and Trelawny,” Green said.

“These pickup trucks will be mounted with ultra-low volume fogging machines, because they will be used only for vector [control] purposes.”

He was addressing the St James Public Health Services Vector Control Symposium, which was held at the RIU Montego Bay Resort on Friday (November 1).

Participants in the St James Public Health Services’ Vector Control Symposium, which was held at the RIU Montego Bay Resort on Friday (November 1).
Participants in the St James Public Health Services’ Vector Control Symposium, which was held at the RIU Montego Bay Resort on Friday (November 1).

Public education and sensitisation

He noted that for St James, which is one of the larger parishes in the region, 30 additional vector control workers have been engaged under the Housing, Opportunity, Production and Employment (HOPE) programme.

“Approval was granted for the rental of additional motor vehicles to transport workers and equipment to do vector control work,” Greene said.

He lauded the work of the St James Public Health Department in carrying out public education and sensitisation, noting that “even though we are doing so much, there is still a lot more to be done”.

Greene also said that the Ministry of Health and Wellness will be staging a town hall this month to discuss issues related to dengue fever in western Jamaica.