Minister of Health, Dr. Christopher Tufton, says the vector control mechanism will be strengthened in order to reduce transmission of dengue fever and other mosquito-borne illnesses.
The enhanced programme will include boosting the number of personnel deployed to communities to assist in the elimination of mosquito breeding sites.
Dr. Tufton noted that 500 communities have been identified as vulnerable and at-risk for mosquito breeding, hence the need for ongoing efforts by health workers to visit homes, destroy sites, as well as increase awareness among householders.
Addressing a town hall meeting on Thursday, at the HEART/Trust NTA's College of Construction Services in Portmore, St. Catherine, Dr. Tufton said since the recent outbreak of dengue, the Ministry has increased its public education campaign on prevention of the disease.
Health workers inspected more than 9,000 premises in St. Catherine last month.
The health teams visited 54 schools in Portmore, fogged 75 communities and inspected eleven drains.