Health Minister calls for increased vigilance in fight against mosquito-borne diseases

by August 15th, 2019

Health and Wellness Minister, Dr. Christopher Tufton says prevention is the best way to fight mosquito-borne diseases.


Over the years, Jamaica has had outbreaks of mosquito-borne illnesses, such as malaria, dengue fever, and the chikungunya and zika viruses, which are transmitted by the Aedes Aegypti specie.


The latest outbreak to plague Jamaica is dengue fever, which was declared in January.


Several persons have died from the virus.


Speaking at the launch of the enhanced vector control programme at the National Heroes Park, in Kingston, this morning, Dr. Tufton said attacking the issue at the root is the best response.


He said if mosquitos continue to spread viruses, there will not be enough medical resources to cure them.



Noting that some 1000 mosquito army vector workers will be deployed to communities across the island, the health and wellness minister explained that this is important, as the majority of mosquito breeding sites are found in and around homes.



He expressed that the approach has to be a proactive one and as such is aimed at raising public awareness.



Following the ceremony, a sensitization march took place in Downtown, Kingston, where information was distributed to vendors, business owners, and the general public about controlling the spread of mosquito-borne illnesses.