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PNP councillor wants more resources to fight dengue in Clarendon

Thursday, February 07, 2019

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CLARENDON, Jamaica — The People's National Party (PNP) caucus at the Clarendon Municipal Corporation is calling on the Government to provide additional resources to the Clarendon Health Department to increase fogging and other vector control activities across the parish.

Councillor for the Hayes Division and Chairman of the Caucus Scean Barnswell said the statistics reported by Senior Medical Officer, Dr Kimberly Scarlett Campbell, is alarming and expressed concern about the continuous spread of dengue in the parish and its effects primarily on children.

He outlined that in all of 2017, there were 50 suspected cases of dengue reported to the authorities and in 2018, the records show that there were 80 suspected cases. This, he said, is in contrast to the single month of January 2019 where 123 suspected cases have been recorded.

The councillor stated that the situation was made worse because of the non-collection of garbage in many areas in the parish.

Barnswell criticised the “limited resources being provided by the Government,” which he said suggests that the health and welfare of the citizens of Clarendon are not being given priority attention.

“In many areas, the residents have said they have not seen a garbage truck since the start of 2019, skips are overflowing, and the stench is unbearable. The ad-hoc manner in which garbage collection is carried out in the parish has certainly exacerbated the situation of the infestation of mosquitos,” he said.

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