Jamaica’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Jacqueline Bissasor McKenzie, says the project to release sterile male mosquitoes into the environment is very much alive.

The project, which was announced in 2019, has stalled in the last two years.

When complete it’s expected to slash the population of female Aedes Aegypti mosquitoes, which is responsible for spreading the potentially deadly dengue infection.

The project to sterilise the mosquitoes is expected to resume in 2024.

More than 3-hundred cases of dengue fever were reported to the Health Ministry up to Monday of this week.

Dr. Bissasor McKenzie says the health authorities are optimistic they’ll be able to procure the requisite equipment to complete the sterilisation project.

Dr. Jacqueline Bissasor McKenzie, Chief Medical Officer, speaking on Nationwide This Morning.