Boyce issues warning about mosquito-borne illnesses

More than 15, 000 Barbadians were struck by various mosquito borne diseases between 2012 and 2016.

This was revealed by Minister of Health John Boyce as he addressed the House of Assembly on a supplemental vote for $4.6 million to fund a national debushing campaign.

He reported that there were 11, 533 cases of dengue, 2, 034 cases of chikungunya, 688 reported cases of Zika and 147 confirmed Zika cases, while stating that Barbados and the rest of the Caribbean had to remain on guard against relatively new diseases such as Zika and the re-emerging ones such as yellow fever.

Meantime, St James South MP Kerrie Symmonds wants to know how many health inspectors are currently employed by Government and how their services are deployed.

The Opposition MP complained today from the floor of Parliament that communities in his constituency did not benefit from the last state-funded debushing project as he chided Government for only using $1.6 million of the $3 million approved for that exercise.

4 Responses to Boyce issues warning about mosquito-borne illnesses

  1. Steve Iso
    Steve Iso'lene Yarde September 27, 2017 at 12:52 am

    Debushing Mr Boyce ? How much millions again Mr Boyce ? . Here is a better solution if we gonna waste tax payers money on debushing . Buy I/2 million in weed wackers , and round up . Go around where all this bush is , see all dem boys on de block liming . Give them de weed wackers and round up . Employ them to do all this debushing ,pay them another 1/4 million over the length of the debushing program .Work out fiscal details. Put the balance back in the consolidated fund or where ever it comes from and pay all them ppl their taxes who still crying out for the returns .Multifold benefits to be accrued. Boys on the blocks get some employment so don’t have time to do foolishness. Bush gone ,tax payers happy , and since bajans like to spend economy thriving again even if for a little while .By the way who bush you plan on getting rid off any way ? No bush around my house or in my neighborhood .You know why ? Because keep our neighborhood free from bush BY CLEANING IT WE SELF..

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  2. Gail Agard Wallace
    Gail Agard Wallace September 27, 2017 at 4:57 am

    Absolutely! I’ve said that time and time again when these people claim there are no jobs. But now a day, people are scared of physical work. Better to lay around and draw a check. Put out no effort.

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  3. Susan Greenidge September 27, 2017 at 6:51 am

    With all the bush needing to be cut, what about the prisoners in a chain gang.
    What about the army assisting prison officers with security.
    Some sidewalks are impassable.
    Some streets the bush and shrubs are making the roads impassable.
    LET THE PRISONERS HELP IN REDUCING THE HAZARDS OF BUSH RIDDEN BARBADOS

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  4. Angus Benn
    Angus Benn September 27, 2017 at 8:04 am

    Steve Iso’lene Yarde if you had a son would you like Mr Boyce to give him one of the week wacker that you are speaking about.

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