Flooding final week after heavy rain.
By RASHAD ROLLE
FOLLOWING a barrage of complaints from the general public that their houses and workplaces are inundated with swarms of mosquitos following the heavy rains, Minister of Environment Kendred Dorsett stated vector management efforts have already begun.
In a press assertion, Mr Dorsett stated: “I want to guarantee all that the Department of Environmental Health Services’ (DEHS) vector management efforts (fogging) are ongoing and can proceed as climate permits.”
“We have now begun the hurricane season for 2013 and have been experiencing plenty of rain previously few weeks starting with the torrential down pour ensuing within the flooding of sure areas round New Providence. There has additionally been flooding report from a number of the Family Islands.
Over the weekend, a number of callers contacted The Tribune to complain about an enormous enhance within the variety of mosquitos.
“I’ve by no means seen it this unhealthy in my life,” one stated. “They are all over the place, and aggressive.
“We are all anxious about dengue fever once more, however , mosquitos carry a number of different illnesses as properly, so the federal government higher not deal with this like a joke.”
Yesterday, Mr Dorsett stated: “While the DEHS is doing its endeavour finest to proceed its common vector management workouts, the climate of late has not been co-operative.
“The chemical substances used to manage mosquitoes and different pests is not going to be efficient until climate circumstances are conducive. This chemical is best when it makes contact with the pests and bugs, due to this fact it shouldn’t be used throughout rain or in winds above ten miles per hour.”
The minister additionally gave suggestions for retaining mosquitoes beneath management.
He stated: “In the wake of the massive quantity of rain that we’ve been experiencing, DEHS want to give a couple of recommendations on how members of the general public can management the breeding of mosquitoes and different pests in and round their houses.
“Keep water containers correctly lined. Remove all automobile tires out of your yards. Keep rubbish bins tightly lined. Discard containers that may acquire water round houses. Keep gutters freed from leaves and twigs. Store bottles the wrong way up or make certain that they’re tightly lined.
“Persons must also use mosquito repellents and/or family sprays, coils and different merchandise made for the ridding of pests if there’s a downside. When spraying within the house, for finest impact, make certain that the home windows are closed and depart the room for 1o to 15 minutes earlier than reentering. Also please make sure the all window screens and or display doorways are intact.”
Speaking to The Tribune, Melanie McKenzie, the Director of Environmental Health, stated addressing mosquito threats is all the time a precedence for the Department of Environmental Health, whatever the climate state of affairs.
“We handle the mosquitoes on a regular basis,” she stated.
“Water is all the time current all over the place even when it doesn’t rain and mosquitoes are sometimes laying eggs so we often handle the issue.
“Normal actions taken to handle the mosquito downside are due to this fact ongoing. Prior to the wet season we all the time have a really energetic program to handle it. We know that with the current wet climate there shall be an emergence of mosquitoes so we’ve accelerated our therapy.