|Ministry Receives $US40,000 from UNDP to Assist Vector Control Programme|
|Wednesday, 06 February 2013 16:47|
Eighteen (18) fogging machines and a drum a malathion, one of the chemicals used in fogging to kill the adult mosquito will be purchased from the US$40,000 grant received today from the United Nation Development Programme, UNDP. Speaking at the handing over ceremony held at the Ministry’s head office in Down Town this afternoon, Minister of Health, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson said this will complement the other equipment, supplies and motor vehicles that have been purchased in the past year to strengthen the Vector Control Programme.
“In our effort to improve the Vector Control Programme, the Ministry of Health has so far purchased twenty eight (28) fogging machines at a cost of J$5,264,000 from a total of forty eight (48) fogging machines we plan to procure as part of the Dengue Outbreak Prevention and Control Programme. The total budget for the forty eight (48) machines is J$9,024,000.00,” said Dr. Ferguson.
He pointed out that a few weeks ago, 14 Nissan Navarro all-terrain vehicles valued at $38 million were handed over to the Regional Health Authorities and since January 2012, the Ministry obtained a total of twenty four (24) vehicles to aid the Vector Control Programme in all Parishes.
Minister Ferguson thanked UNDP and pointed out that the funds will go a far way in assisting with the Ministry’s continued and routine approach to vector control.
“We are guided by the Integrated Management Strategy for Dengue for Jamaica which was developed in May to June 2012 with assistance from the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO). This strategy aims to promote the integration of six (6) key components for dengue prevention and control at all levels for the period June 2012 - June 2017. The main components are Epidemiological Surveillance, Clinical Case Management, Laboratory Diagnosis, Integrated Vector Control, Environmental Management and Social Communication,” he explained.
Last year, there were 5,879 clinically suspected cases of dengue fever with eleven (11) confirmed dengue related deaths.
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