In response to the increase number of Dengue related cases the Ministry of Health has extended its mosquito control activities extended to March 2019. The Ministry said this forms part of their Vector-Borne Disease response which includes extending opening hours at various health centres across the island.
The Ministry said they have employed 500 temporary workers to do house visits to identify and eliminated mosquito breeding sites across the island.
The Health Ministry in an advisory online, announced the extension of Opening Hours at some Health Facilitates in the Corporate Area including the Stony Hill Health Centre, Olympic Gardens Health Centre, Glen Vincent Health Centre and the Slipe Pen Road Health Centre.
Other Health facilities across the island that will extend their opening hours are the Morant Bay health centre in St Thomas, and in St Catherine the St. Jago Park Health Centres, and Greater Portmore Health Centre.
In St. Ann, the St. Ann’s Bay health centre and in St. Mary the Annotto Bay, Highgate, Oracabessa and Gayle health facilities will also be extending their hours.
The Ministry added that an extended public education campaign has started which includes Public Service Announcements regarding mosquito breeding sites, symptoms of dengue. Personal protection tips will also be share in print and electronic media.
The advisory said 50,000 Flyers and 50,000 brochures were procured and are presently being disseminated to the health centres and hospitals across the island. Noting that all points of entries are sensitized and educational materials distributed.
Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Jacquiline Bisasor-McKenzie said the public can feel sure that the Ministry is doing all that is within its power, given the current demand and within the bounds of available resources, to ensure timely access and quality care for their patients.