Some 1,000 temporary workers have joined more than 200 permanent staff under the Ministry of Health and Wellness Enhanced Vector Control Programme.
The programme that was launched on Thursday will see the workers undertaking vector control and public education activities in communities across the island, in the Ministry’s continuous fight against mosquito-borne illnesses.
Portfolio Minister Dr Christopher Tufton, in his remarks at the launch at National Heroes’ Park in Kingston on Thursday, said that the workers are charged to help citizens recognise and destroy mosquito breeding sites.
Tufton said the participants were “selected to drive that activity across Jamaica to provide an appropriate response to the Aedes aegypti mosquito and the breeding of that mosquito. So, this is a response at prevention; it is an attempt at educating the population, we have to be proactive,”.
The health minister noted that most mosquito-breeding sites are found in and around homes.