We have no control over natural disasters, neither viruses that are deemed to infiltrate Planet Earth. However, we surely can take responsibility once we have been given the facts, preventative measures to reduce the risks and ultimate potential epidemic. Sounds scary, we should be scared. How soon we forget about Ebola, the measures that had to be forced into place so as to reduce the spread. Chikungunya…………………….what were we told, what did we do, and what have we continued to do? Absolutely nothing by the sounds of it. We are a people who tidy our houses when the visitor is coming but as soon as they are gone revert to old habits. Prevention is better than cure, how often have we heard this. Of late, from the pulpit, the political platform, the hospital and yes the grave yard. Yet we give it as much attention as we do our own personal responsibility for our space, choosing to pay more attention to the sex lives of the rich and famous.
Take a good look at the Roc when you are traversing day by day. Filth and grime is the order. Any old structure is hoisted on the side of the roads without facilities thereby conducive to mosquitoes and all the rodents that are living in this country. Cleanliness has nothing to do with being poor, rich or in between. Too many of our people have lost pride in their personal space and too many condone this way of life resulting in no permanent action undertaken by any government to shut this down. What have we become when a government has to issue house inspection cards to see if your yard dutty or clean. Kiss mi granny. If dis a nuh summen fi wi fi shame bout, I really do not know what is.
I ask you this question. Is the government’s role to now come into your bedroom and clean it up for you? I guess when it becomes a national security issue, it is a must. How about enforcing the laws that I am sure are in the archives somewhere that speaks to what constitutes as a health hazard. We labour for one day and the other 364 days we expect no severe consequence when the plagues visit us. Do we live for epidemics, pandemics or do we strive for containment if at all possible?
Gov’t to start issuing house inspection cards in fight against mosquito-borne diseases
(Jamaica Gleaner) Saturday | August 27, 2016 | 3:22pm
The Health Ministry could soon start issuing house inspection cards as part of its efforts to fight the spread of mosquito-borne diseases.
The ministry says vector control workers will begin using the cards next month as a tool to assess homes and identify mosquito breeding sites islandwide.
It says the cards will indicate whether premises are high, medium or low risk for mosquito borne diseases such as Zika, Chikungunya and Dengue.
IN PHOTO: Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton
In a statement, the Health Ministry said following each assessment, vector control workers will note on the cards measures citizens can take to destroy mosquito breeding sites around their premises.
Health Minister Dr. Christopher Tufton said the use of the cards will help to encourage persons to take individual responsibility for reducing the risk of mosquito borne diseases.