The launch of the Rodent Control Programme initiated by the Ministry of Health, Wellness, Human Services and Gender Relations, Parliamentary Representative for Gros Islet Honourable Emma Hippolyte, and members of the business community, represents a collaborative approach tailored to ensure effective control of the rodent population on the island.
The programme is being piloted in the Gros-Islet constituency.
Health officials are expected to monitor the various phases through assessments, conducting initial baiting of pesticides in the community, and conducting clean-up campaigns and health education sessions.
Acting Assistant Chief Environmental Health Officer in the Ministry of Health, Cheryl Eugene St. Romain, says it is important that residents are sensitised to take responsibility for combating the rodent problem in their communities.
“The approach we are looking at is community-based where we want residents, and the public by extension, to take responsibility for their surroundings. We know that there are significant implications, health implications, disease transmission, damage to property, food stuff, agricultural crops, which has great cost implications, annoyance of electrical wires, which to some extent can cause some fire, so there is a need for persons to take responsibility and come together to help control the menace of rodents.”
The Rodent Control Programme is supported by the Saint Lucia Solid Waste Management Authority, the Gros-Islet Town Council, and the Ministry of Social Transformation.
The Environmental Health Department is reminding the public that vigilance, awareness, and taking responsibility for proper food disposal will assist in alleviating the issue of rodents.
This project is expected to be promoted to the wider community on the island with the aim of encouraging citizens to keep their surroundings clean.