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PAHO Supports Health Sector Recovery Efforts in the BVI … Where They Will Fog And Kill Mosquitoes Rather Than Trying To Capture and Rehabilitate Them As In The USVI

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ROAD TOWN, Tortola, BVI — The Pan American Health Organization’s (PAHO) said that it continues to support for the recovery of the health sector in the British Virgin Islands following the devastating impact of Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

PAHO’s Area on Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Relief this week donated two vehicles as part of its pledge of $1 million to support the Ministry of Health and Social Development.

Minister of Health and Social Development, Hon. Ronnie Skelton and his team accepted the vehicles which will be used by the Environmental Health Division in the execution of the Vector Control Program.

PAHO has also provided a significant amount of equipment to support the Vector Control Program including truck mounted and mobile foggers, chemicals, solutions and other accessories.

Thanking PAHO for its ongoing support, particularly in the area of vector control, Hon Skelton said, “In light of the heavy rains, we are going to have mosquitoes and it is important for us to have transportation on all the islands, to be able to control mosquito breeding in the Territory.”

Chief Environmental Health Officer, Lionel Michael who was present for the handing over, also welcomed PAHO’s support but encouraged residents to do their part in helping to control the mosquito population by identifying and eliminating breeding areas around their homes.

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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

John McCarthy has been reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Caribbean region since 1989. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is originally from Detroit, Michigan.

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