Last week, the Portmore Municipal Council conducted a three day community clean-up operation to remove potential mosquito breeding sites in several Portmore communities.
The communities targeted were Waterford, Portsmouth, Caymanas side of Independence City, Bridge View, Edgewater- Sector F and the West Bay and Armada Court communities.
According to the The Council’s, the aim of the response was to prepare for any possible introduction of the zika virus, which is spread by the Aedes aegypti mosquito to Portmore, which is known for mosquito swarms.
This clean up operation was done in collaboration with Council and the National Solid Waste Management Agency between June 2 to 4. Further support is expected from the Public Health Department.
In May, Acting Chief Medical Officer in the Ministry of Health, Dr Marion Bullock DuCasse reiterated the need for individuals to destroy mosquito breeding sites given current rainfall being experienced islandwide and placed the country on high alert for the threat from the mosquito-borne Zika virus. At the time, she called for greater attention to be placed on destroying mosquito breeding sites around homes, schools, businesses and places of worship as the mosquito thrives around people.
Mrs Ducasse also added that mosquito control is the only measure that can interrupt the transmission of the vector-borne disease and urged persons to search for and destroy mosquito breeding sites by getting rid of old tyres and containers in which water can settle, punching holes in tins before disposing them, and covering large drums, barrels and tanks holding water.
The Portmore Council has also advised that the clean up exercise will continue and urges all citizens to get involved.