Opposition Spokesman on Local Government, Desmond McKenzie is calling on the Ministry of Local Government to provide adequate resources for garbage collection.

Mr. McKenzie says the National Solid Waste Management Authority, NSWMA, is not functioning properly, at a time when garbage is piling up in the corporate area and other parts of the country.

His comments come in the wake of a report last week, confirming two locally transmitted cases of the mosquito borne Chikungunya Virus.

Desmond McKenzie says residents of several communities in downtown Kingston are being overwhelmed by piles of garbage and a lack of water in their taps.

He says this two-headed problem needs the emergency attention of the Ministries of Local Government and Health.

The Opposition Spokesman says the unsightly piles of garbage are habitats for vermin and other pests including mosquitoes.

Mr. McKenzie says disaster funds should be made available to the NSWMA, to avert a public health crisis.

Mr. McKenzie says the garbage pile-up is particularly worrisome for residents in his constituency of West Kingston.

He says the situation is made even worse by a chronic water shortage in the area.