Western Jamaica gets 10 vector control vehicles

The 10 new pickup trucks acquired by the Western Regional Health Authority (WRHA) to enhance vector control. The units were handed over to parish managers at the Cornwall Regional Hospital’s Freeport offices in Montego Bay on Tuesday (January 28).

The Western Regional Health Authority (WRHA) has received 10 more vehicles to bolster the ongoing dengue eradication programme across the region.

The new pickup trucks, which are equipped with fogging machines, are to serve the four parishes within the health region – St James, Hanover, Trelawny and Westmoreland.

“I am sure the residents of the region, from Trelawny right back to Westmoreland, will be very happy when they see these vehicles rolling in.”

— Greene

WRHA Regional Director, Errol Greene, handed over the vehicles to parish managers during a ceremony held at the Cornwall Regional Hospital’s Freeport offices in Montego Bay on Tuesday (January 28).

Mosquito nuisance

He charged them to make full use of the vehicles to rid communities of mosquitoes in order to contain the spread of the dengue virus in Western Jamaica.

“We think [they] will go a far way in alleviating the mosquito nuisance in the region, and I am sure the residents of the region, from Trelawny right back to Westmoreland, will be very happy when they see these vehicles rolling in,” he said.

He commended the vector-control workers for their efforts in this regard, and urged the parish managers to ensure that the vehicles are used for their intended purpose.