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VI urged to work together to reduce mosquito breeding sites

- Deputy Chief Environmental Health Officer reminds that vector-borne illness still an issue amidst COVID-19 pandemic
Deputy Chief Environment Officer, Henrietta Alexander has called on Virgin Islanders to come together and do what is necessary to protect from vector-borne illnesses by first reducing mosquito breathing sites. Photo: Internet Source
Ms Henrietta Alexander appeared during a clip of GIS Report on the topic of vector-borne illnesses in the territory reminding that the mosquitoes have not gone anywhere. Photo: GIS/Facebook
Ms Henrietta Alexander appeared during a clip of GIS Report on the topic of vector-borne illnesses in the territory reminding that the mosquitoes have not gone anywhere. Photo: GIS/Facebook
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – The Deputy Chief Environment Health Officer, Henrietta Alexander, has called on everyone in the Virgin Islands to come together and do what is necessary to protect from vector-borne illnesses, including by first reducing mosquito breathing sites.

Ms Alexander made the call in a Government Information Service (GIS) Report on the topic of vector-borne illnesses in the territory and reminded that the mosquitoes have not gone anywhere. 

“Mosquito and dengue are something that has always been spoken about and I know with the COVID-19 and a pandemic, some of the issues that we typically face have been put on the backburner,” she said.

Control depends on partnership with VI

“But mosquitoes don't go anywhere, and you know we have to be very vigilant in dealing with mosquito control. We do have a vector control unit that the team goes out on a daily basis to assess, monitor and treat where necessary one of the most important things that we typically speak to householders about is being responsible,” he said.

The Deputy CEO also urged members of the public to be accountable and responsible as it relates to keeping their surroundings free from items that can breed mosquitoes.

“Typically, when we go out to do inspections we find containers, buckets, up to the black 55-gallon drums, septic tanks, cisterns, and that pose a problem,” she said.

“We want to ensure that persons do their part, the community do their part. We have to work together, we must work together,” the Deputy Chief Environmental Health Officer said.

Persons need to assess property 

It was also revealed that a spike in dengue fever cases was seen in 2021 and, according to Ms Alexander, persons need to start by assessing their properties, especially after heavy rainfall, to eliminate any breeding sites for mosquitoes.

The Deputy CEO said in the little bottle caps, for example, mosquitoes can lay about 100-200 eggs.

8 Responses to “VI urged to work together to reduce mosquito breeding sites”

  • all I would say (12/10/2021, 11:11) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    It is plain out disgusting. People know what time it is about the mosquito problem. I absolutely hate mosquitoes especially when they make that annoying noise in your ears. Some people is to damn lazy and nasty.
  • smoke (12/10/2021, 11:45) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    Smoke truck time. But wen the rain falls the people cannot control where the water land.
    • @smoke (12/10/2021, 22:43) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      If u see water trapped free it get a scoop cut a container or use a bucket.
      Or put some Clorox in it if it can’t be freed.
  • stop (12/10/2021, 12:24) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Mosquito control should start with the government, take a look around Tortola most of the drains have water in them, yes we have to do our part, something must be done about the drains
  • question (12/10/2021, 14:06) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    How do you reduce the bleeding parasitic money hungry politicians
    • @Question (12/10/2021, 14:52) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
      SUMPLE, VOTE THEM THE HECK OUT OF OFFICE, REMEMBER, THE PEOPLE IS THE ONES WITH THE POWER.
  • Great Idea (12/10/2021, 15:37) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    First place to start in the incinerator
  • Dengue (12/10/2021, 16:49) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Nice topic to work on let play our part before the tourist season begins so let's start in the city area old vehicles gutters and ghuts old buildings the Queen Elizabeth Park cut and trim some these trees in the city the only town with so much bush and unwanted trees is BVI let have a weekend drive to clean the city look around these restaurants so bussy (Pussers) it shameful to eat there the environment and health standards POOR


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