Get rid of mos­quito breed­ing sites

Jamaica Gleaner - - NEWS -

AS THE coun­try ex­pe­ri­ences in­creased rain­fall, the Min­istry of Health has ap­pealed to the pub­lic to take the nec­es­sary pre­cau­tions to re­duce and/or elim­i­nate mos­quito-breed­ing sites. Chief Med­i­cal Of­fi­cer Dr Win­ston De La Haye ad­vised that, “when it rains, all un­cov­ered con­tain­ers be­come po­ten­tial mos­quito-breed­ing sites which in­crease the mos­quito pop­u­la­tion and the risk for the spread of dis­eases such as Zika, chikun­gunya and dengue”.

De La Haye fur­ther stated that “these breed­ing sites are found around homes, schools, churches, work­places and any­where else peo­ple gather for ex­tended pe­ri­ods of time. It, there­fore, un­der­scores the im­por­tance of per­sonal re­spon­si­bil­ity in re­duc­ing the mos­quito pop­u­la­tion”.

Ac­cord­ing to the Min­istry of Health, in­di­vid­u­als should get rid of mos­quito-breed­ing sites by look­ing for any­thing in which wa­ter can set­tle and ei­ther cover it, keep the area dry, clean it reg­u­larly, fill it with soil or sand, punch holes into it and re­cy­cle or prop­erly dis­pose of it.


The 45-gal­lon drums have been iden­ti­fied as the lead­ing breed­ing site for the Aedes ae­gypti mos­qui­toes in and around our homes. The ap­pro­pri­ate cover for these drums, the min­istry said, in­cludes a mesh cover with elas­tic bands around the perime­ter to hold it se­curely to the con­tain­ers. The holes in the mesh used should be small enough so that mos­qui­toes can­not en­ter.


In­di­vid­u­als who wish to ob­tain more in­for­ma­tion may call the Min­istry of Health or the near­est health cen­tre. Per­sons may also visit the min­istry’s web­site at and like and follow the min­istry on www.face­­mo­hgovjm; https://twit­­mo­hgovjm; https://in­sta­­mo­hgovjm.

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