$130 million allocated to clear mosquito breeding sites

Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr Christopher Tufton (right), addresses the media at the Ministry’s Quarterly Press Briefing, held on Tuesday (August 27), at the Ministry’s head office in New Kingston. At left is Permanent Secretary, Dunston Bryan. (Photo: JIS)

In an effort to eliminate Aedes aegypti mosquitoes that cause the spread of dengue, the Ministry of Health and Wellness, through the National Health Fund (NHF), will be spending $130 million on activities geared towards clearing breeding sites.

This announcement was made by the Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr Christopher Tufton, at his Quarterly Press Briefing, on Tuesday, at the Ministry’s head office in New Kingston.

He said that for this initiative, the Ministry will be collaborating with the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) and the parish councils, through the Local Government Ministry.

“We have agreed, and we’ll be mobilising $130 million to these agencies for critical support in the field,” Tufton said.

“In the case of parish councils, they have councillors, they have an organisational structure at the local level and, of course, the NSWMA is critical, because of the impact of solid waste as breeding sites for mosquitoes.”