‘Mosquito nightmare’

My Lord’s Hill residents appeal for help

As the Ministry of Health steps up efforts to prevent a Chikungunya outbreak on the island, a Licorish Village, My Lord’s Hill resident is crying out that he and other residents have been living a “mosquito nightmare” for years.

Hal Jones complained to Chief Environmental Health Officer Tyrone Applewhaite that residents were tired and frustrated with having to share their homes with mosquitoes which they believed were being bred in blocked drains that are filled with garbage.

Tyrone Applewhaite (left), chief environmental health officer and environmental officers Kenvil Rogers (second from left) and Stanley Alleyne (second from right), along with resident Hal Jones looking at a blocked drain in Licorish Village, My Lord’s Hill.
Tyrone Applewhaite (left), chief environmental health officer and environmental officers Kenvil Rogers (second from left) and Stanley Alleyne (second from right), along with resident Hal Jones looking at a blocked drain in Licorish Village, My Lord’s Hill.

Jones was speaking this morning as officers from the Ministry of Health conducted a  walk-through disseminating information on the Chikungunya virus.

“We have been enduring this situation now for a little while and during the last elections some persons come down in here and say that them going to send somebody to help clean the gutter and up to now them ain’t send nobody to clean it.

“We have a big problem with mosquitoes down in here and at nights you does can’t really sleep.

“If you go in my house now you can’t stand up for two minutes before you don’t find about 15 mosquitoes around. In the day when I inside watching TV, I got to watch TV under a mosquito net. . . . People down in here have to protect themselves from mosquitoes, the children have to put on long pants all day. We need a little assistance. The guys around here try to help clean but when we clean now and ask for assistance to remove the stuff nobody don’t come to help move them. We need help,” Jones pleaded.

Meanwhile, Applewhaite explained: “In this area we have been getting a lot of domestic water getting into the storm water drains and obviously the wells have become fully blocked and the water is accumulating in some spots. You can see a lot of styrofoam containers and improper disposal of waste and as a result of this, these containers obviously catch water and then we can have the aedes aegypti mosquito breeding in here.”

According to the Chief Environmental Health Officer, some residents have been served with notices urging them to put the necessary arrangements in place to stop waste water from running from their homes and into the drainage.

He said it was imperative that his department worked along with the Drainage Unit and members of the community to get the situation, which has been going on for a long period, under control.

“The immediate thing here is that we would treat this system with chemicals to ensure that there is no existing mosquito breeding sites. And then we would continue to have meetings with members around here, as well as the Drainage Unit and Sanitation Service Authority. It is going to take a multisectoral approach to solve this effort,” said Applewhaite.

 

7 Responses to ‘Mosquito nightmare’

  1. Joi M. Joaquin
    Joi M. Joaquin July 5, 2014 at 6:31 am

    You people need to empty anything around their homes that holds water and that will make these nasty mosquitoes breed …….. these dirty no good blood sucking deadly bugs …. you all can help bring about a solution , but if you have lazy fools doing nothing and living dirty …. what you think will happen they all need water to hatch eggs … time to clean up ….

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  2. Lynn Lucas
    Lynn Lucas July 5, 2014 at 7:01 am

    We need to take responsibly for cleaning up our environment. Those being paid to do their job must do it. Environmental health officers need to get into the community and do their jobs, prosecute those who don’t comply with regulations. I am seeing drains with lots of rubbish. Who is responsible for cleaning these drains since the workers have been sent home? We are just not serious in this country. It has been 2 weeks since my last garbage collection. Perhaps the solid waste tax I now have to pay will alleviate this problem. Won’t be holding my breath though!!!

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  3. Edwards Swindley
    Edwards Swindley July 5, 2014 at 7:30 am

    AS A FORMER HEALTH IN BARBADOS I CAN ASSURE YOU THAT YOU MISSED THE ISSUE RAISED BY THESE RESIDENTS. MOSQUITOES MAY BE LIVING ON YOUR ROOF OF IN TREES ON YOUR PROPERTY.
    TO THE DEGREE THESE PEOPLE SEEM TO BE SUFFERING , IT SEE THEY NEED PROFESSIONAL HELP & MORE THAN LIP SERVICE.
    AS TO YOU ALLUDING THAT THESE PEOPLE ARE DIRTY CHECK TO SEE IS THE ARE COMING FROM YOUR EMPTY HEADS.

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  4. What happened to those trucks that used to come and spray? Inspectors carrying out inspections before the spraying?

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  5. What happened to those trucks that used to come and spray? Inspectors carrying out inspections before the spraying?

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  6. Rawle Maycock
    Rawle Maycock July 5, 2014 at 8:58 am

    Don’t have any money to pay them.

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  7. Olutoye Walrond July 6, 2014 at 5:45 pm

    I wonder if Ms. Joaquin knows that mosquitoes don’t only breed in water in and around the home. As the story indicates, drains and wells are also good breeding grounds for them.

    There’s too much stagnant water around the place. The health authorities need to get serious about these things.

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