Dr. Deborah Weir, Medical Health Officer for St. Ann
Medical Health Officer for St. Ann Dr. Deborah Weir has said more than a quarter of containers inspected in the parish were deemed mosquito breeding sites.
She said this is based on inspections from August to this month.
"Over 2,000 containers were found with possibly breeding sites and of that, only 729 was positive for mosquito breeding," she noted.
Dr. Weir has warned residents to properly cover water containers to prevent an increase in the mosquito population.
Dr. Weir said St. Ann recorded eight suspected cases of dengue fever in August and nine cases in September. There were also three suspected cases of Chikungunya (Chik-V) recorded in August.
Health office closed
In the meantime, some councillors in the St. Ann Municipal Corporation are fuming due to the closure of the Brown's Town health office.
Dr. Weir, who made the disclosure at Thursday's monthly meeting of the Corporation, said public health officers had to be relocated due to the deplorable state of the building, which is currently leaking.