Tougher Waste Management Laws Coming to Target Mosquito Breeding Sites


Health Minister, Dr Christopher Tufton, says the government is moving to strengthen legislation dealing with the disposal of solid waste, as part of efforts to manage the dengue fever outbreak.

Minister Tufton says about 80-per cent of mosquito breeding sites are created by citizens.

The Health Minister was speaking yesterday in New Kingston at a seminar on mosquito-borne diseases which examined the impact of Dengue Fever on the workforce and communities.

Minister Tufton says several mosquito breeding sites are created as a result of the improper disposal of solid waste.

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He says it’s citizens who’re responsible for the creation of those breeding sites.

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It’s why the Health Minister says it’s time to use legislation to prosecute such irresponsible practices.

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He says properly managing solid waste will be a priority in the move to address the dengue fever outbreak.

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Stevian Simmonds is an investigative journalist with almost 3 years of experience in radio broadcasting, production and reporting. She graduated from Caribbean School of Media and Communication in 2014 and joined Nationwide News in 2016. In 2018, she produced a special report examining the working conditions of the Bussiness Process Outsourcing Industry. She worked undercover as a call center agent for a month, revealing the lack of data protection and general security infrastructure in the industry. Her report also highlighted the poor working conditions and remuneration faced by workers in the industry. In 2018, Stevian traveled to New Delhi India where she participated in the Inaugural WHO Partners Forum benefiting from critical training related to reporting on women’s and children’s health issues.

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