The St. Thomas Health Services’ Environmental Health Unit Health commemorated World Mosquito Day today (August 18, 2017) with a number of activities including a march to sensitise residents about the impact of mosquitoes and the disease they cause.
The march, which was carried out by vector control and public health staff proceeded through sections of the busy town of Morant Bay, St. Thomas as the staff held up placards with preventative messages such as “fight the bite. Destroy Mosquito breeding sites”.
A ceremony was held in front of the Joong Supermarket in the parish in an effort to further encourage residents to participate in preventing, reducing, and destroying all mosquito breeding sites.
During the ceremony, Ms. Stephanese Bailey, acting vector control coordinator noted that mosquitoes can spread diseases such as malaria, dengue fever, yellow fever and elephantiasis. She added that all Jamaicans must make their contribution to help to eliminate mosquito breeding sites.
Similarly, Dr. D’Oyen Smith Medical Officer of Health, St. Thomas Health Services said that community members can play a part in the vector control and prevention efforts to safeguard the environment and their health.
World Mosquito Day is an annual observance held on August 20.