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Vector control mechanism to be strengthened

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.


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