JCF takes on CHIKV

JCF takes on CHIKV

Saturday, October 11, 2014

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POLICE Commissioner Carl Williams led a team of senior officers and other members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) in a clean-up of police stations across the island on Wednesday, and has given his commitment to ensuring that station compounds and police facilities are kept clean and free of mosquito breeding sites.

The commissioner said the initiative was rolled out in light of the increasing number of chikungunya cases.

"We want to ensure that we don't do this for one day, but we do it on an ongoing basis," said Williams.

"We wanted to ensure that the station compounds and all police facilities are free of the vector that carries the chikungunya virus," he continued, adding that police stations with major lockups were targeted.

He made the comment as he led a team at the Half-Way-Tree Police Station, from where he went on to the Mobile Reserve.

The police commissioner said, menwhile, that assessments have shown that there were no cases of prisoners having symptoms of chikungunya. There are, however, cases of policemen and women infected with
the virus.

"At Half-Way- Tree, out of the 500 officers only 25 were affected," said Williams.

He said the majority of police personnel affected were based in eastern parishes.

"Police force, the workers, the police officers have been affected but not to the
extent where we are closing down our operations." WIlliams said.

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