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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