There will be focus, especially among schools, on the mosquito next week.
That’s because the Ministry of Health will be observing Caribbean Mosquito Awareness Week (CMAW) from May 14 to May 20, 2018, under the theme ‘Small bite, big threat, Fight the bite, destroy mosquito breeding sites’.
Director of Environmental Health at the Ministry, Everton Baker, said the week is geared at raising awareness among the school community about taking a proactive approach to mosquito control.
Focus, he said, will also be placed on encouraging cooperation and communication among the general populace, and disseminating information about mosquitos and the diseases they spread.
This year’s observance will involve collaboration with schools, through the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, to destroy mosquito breeding sites.
In addition, a national mosquito awareness forum is to be held at the Port Morant Primary School in St. Thomas. Mr Baker told JIS News that there will also be sensitisation sessions in other schools across the island.
The week of activities will also include the launch of the Ministry’s vector control summer workers programme, which will see 1,000 workers being employed on a short-term basis to assist in the eradication of mosquito breeding sites, leading up to peak outbreak season, which begins in August.
In the meantime, Mr. Baker said because of ongoing efforts, there has been a decrease in the prevalence of dengue, Zika virus and other mosquito-borne diseases, adding that given the recent rains, vigilance must be maintained.