JLP calls press conference on Riverton fireMonday, March 16, 2015
KINGSTON, Jamaica – The Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) has scheduled an urgent press conference for Monday afternoon at its Belmont Road headquarters on the current disaster at the Riverton City dump.
A release from the party says that opposition spokesperson on environment, Senator Alexander Willams; health, Senator Marlene Malahoo Forte; local government, Desmond McKenzie; and Kingston and St Andrew Corporation (KSAC) Council minority chair Councillor Winston Ennis, will address various issues pertaining to the fire.
In the meantime, JLP Councillor for the Chancery Hall division of the KSAC, Duane Smith, has issued a release calling for urgent and resolute action to be taken against the management of the dump, for the suffering inflicted on his constituents by the fire.
Councillor Smith said that there has been numerous signs and symptoms from the fire in his division, which extends to Duhaney Park in West St Andrew, where the dump is located.
"I am very concerned about the coughing, shortness of breath, hoarseness, headache, and acute mental status changes which result from them, which I have personally seen and even experienced," he said.
"We cannot continue to subject residents of the Corporate Area and St Catherine, especially children and the elderly, to these severe bouts of smoke inhalation and the resulting medical consequences. I am very concerned about the coughing, shortness of breath, hoarseness, headache, and acute mental status changes that result from this hazard, which I have personally seen and even experienced," Councillor Smith said.