Health Ministry responds to concerns at Deglos landfill

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Health Ministry responds to concerns at Deglos landfill
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Dr. Frederick

Chief Medical Officer Dr. Merlin Frederick has responded to concerns raised by residents regarding the pile up of tires at the Deglos landfill, which is reportedly causing swarms of mosquitoes to breed, stating that the matter is being looked into.

Dr. Frederick’s response comes at a time when the Ministry of Health has ongoing educational campaigns, calling on residents island-wide to rid their environments of items that store water and could assist with breeding mosquitoes, responsible for the spread of chikungunya.

The chief medical officer told St Lucia News Online (SNO), “The Ministry of Health acknowledges the concern and we are working with the St. Lucia Solid Waste Management Authority (SLSWMA) to resolve the issue in the shortest possible time.”

She nevertheless commended the general public for their efforts to reduce the habitats of the aedes aegypti mosquito. Dr. Frederick also reminded that the mosquito is a vector which breeds in water, and advised persons to continue to practice measures of prevention.

“Given the corresponding increases in the mosquito population with the onset of the rainy season, coordinated strategies to contain the spread of attendant diseases is critical,” she added.

In 2012, government had invested in a commercial tire shredder that is located at the Deglos landfill, but it never became operational. According to reports, in order for the machine to start functioning, it would require a complete upgrade of the landfill’s electrical system, which can cost the SLSWMA approximately $300,000.

However, a plan was devised by government to attract neighbouring islands to get rid of their old tires, which will create more revenue for the authority. However, it is unclear when the machine will become functional, much less to have the plan put into effect.

The Ministry of Health has been particularly advising citizens to get rid of old tires, as it may be one of the reasons that could lead to breathing mosquitoes. However, the thousands of tires at the Deglos landfill are said to be one of the largest breathing grounds for mosquitoes.

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  1. CHARITY BEGINS AT HOME THE SAME SHITT AGAIN GOVERNMENT WANT THE CIVIL SERVANTS TO TAKE PAY CUT AND THEY NOT TAKING ANY.

    NOW THEY TELLING THE PUBLIC TO CLEAN UP THEIR SURROUNDINGS TO AVOID THE MOSQUITOES FROM MULTIPLYING,YET THEY HAVE ALL THESES TYRES BREEDING MOSQUITOES IN DES GLOW.BS

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  2. The tires can be recycled, shredded and used with other materials to pave roads. Regarding the clean up of garbage, what about Pigeon Point? A lot of garbage is piled up high in the bush and should be removed. Put some of the unemployed people to work!

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  3. It had to take a man to expose on TV the thousands of tyres at Deglos breeding mosquitoes. The chief medical officer was lost. Now management at Deglos say they have a brand new shredder but it cyah work. Tax payers hard earned money.

    That is government. Operating back to front

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  4. I agree Johnny Boy start pelting stones in their ass let them know where we coming from

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  5. Its about time Lucians start pelting stones in you'll people ass. U'll telling citizens do this and that and the basic steps for gov't to take they cah do it. Just pass in town any day and see all those mosquito breeding spots in all those drains we have around.

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  6. you'll just dont have any respect for human life , we can fly minister all over the world for meetings which we dont reap the rewards but once is to spend money for our people its a problem, the residents in area should file lawsuits, the blind leading the deaf..............

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  7. Why is it the Town Council in Vieux Fort is not forging the town and surrounding areas?

    Now that your campaign have gotten to us and we hear you loud and clear, you too need to play your part.

    When was the last time you drove the VF - Castries highway. Have you experienced the foul smell when you drive pass Savanhans Bay and the same thing as you go pass Pralain Bay. The mangrove is stagnant and a breeding place for Mosquito. Please help save money for the country.

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    • I remember Praslin beach, or mosquito beach. Again no leadership or long term vision in either party.

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