Several Portmore communities get thumbs up for vector control efforts

Dr. Francia Prosper Chen, Medical Officer of Health for St. Catherine
Five communities in Portmore, St. Catherine have been given the thumbs up by the St. Catherine Health Department for significantly reducing the mosquito population in their areas.
Dr. Francia Prosper Chen, Medical Officer of Health for St. Catherine, said surveillance activities have turned up few breeding sites.
Dr. Prosper Chen said the vector house indices in Waterford, Edgewater, Independence City, Portsmouth and Bridgeport are less than one per cent. 
"We have found little to no breeding in these communities and that is a first. Gregory Park, still a concern (with) 10.95 per cent. And we know over five per cent the risk of transmission increases. We have 14 of the temporary vector control workers on the ground in Waterford and those areas and...I think most persons see them making the rounds, and they tend to repeat visits to ensure that the breeding is kept at a minimum," she revealed.   
Dr. Prosper Chen was speaking on Wednesday at the Portmore Municipal Corporation's General Council Meeting.

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