As Jamaica tackles a dengue outbreak, the Ministry of Health and Wellness has initiated multiple measures to mitigate the illness’s impact.
Portfolio minister Dr. Christopher Tufton announced the activation of a series of crucial measures aimed at safeguarding public health.
In a recent press conference, Dr. Tufton emphasised the preparedness of the regional health authorities in the face of this outbreak.
He highlighted that the Ministry has been investing in the island’s vector control program since 2019.
One significant aspect of this investment is the acquisition of fogging machines, which play a pivotal role in eliminating mosquito breeding sites.
There has been an increase in the deployment of vector control workers to bolster efforts on the ground.
The National Health Fund will also expand community strategies to combat dengue. Specifically, it will aid in the removal of bulky waste and clearing of drains, both of which are essential in reducing mosquito breeding habitats.
To facilitate a coordinated response, emergency operations centers in all parishes will be activated, with this measure taking effect on Monday, September 25, 2023.
Additionally, the Ministry has decided to extend the operating hours of type 3 to 5 health centers.
Starting Monday, October 2, 2023, these health centers will remain open until 8 p.m., providing extended services to the public.
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