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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.

To read more:

https://vifreepress.com/2017/11/mosquitoes-win-mapp-says-territory-can-deet-off-repel-mosquitoes-rather-malathion-fogging-night/

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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 50 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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