312 suspected cases of Zika, Chik-V and dengue in St Ann

312 suspected cases of Zika, Chik-V and dengue in St Ann

Friday, July 15, 2016

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ST ANN, Jamaica — The St Ann Health Department has reported that there are a combined 312 suspected cases of Zika, Chikunguya and Dengue in the parish. 
According to medical officer for the parish Dr Deborah Weir, there were 107 suspected cases of the Zika virus, 82 suspected cases of Chik-V and 123 suspected cases of Dengue Fever in the parish last month. Dr Weir who was addressing the St Ann Parish Council on Thursday said the information was gathered from health centres, private doctors and hospitals where people would have gone for treatment.
Dr Weir pointed out that while Zika was the main concern, there was an increase in the cases of Dengue fever when testing was done.
She is now calling on citizens to play their part to get rid of mosquito breeding sites.
“Fogging alone is not the be-all and end-all,” she said. Dr Weir added that St Ann now has 60 temporary vector control workers who were selected by the four members of Parliament in the parish. Fifteen people came from each constituency and they are being trained to help in the fight against the mosquito-borne diseases, she said. 
In the meantime, several councillors raised concern that the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) was not operating effectively. Councillor for the Bensonton Division, Lydia Richards, said receptacles in sections of her division have been filled with garbage for more than a year and no collection has been made.
“Solid Waste is not doing what they are supposed to be doing,” she said.
Councillor for the Claremont division Lambert Weir said his division was also experiencing a challenge with the collection of garbage.
Dr Weir admitted that the NSWMA was having a challenge with units. However, she said “the agency having a problem with units should not leave the parish at risk.” 
Renae Dixon


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