Caribbean Dengue Alert Initiative takes hold in Westmoreland, Jamaica
Posted Feb 02 2012 12:00am
If I had my way, I would recruit a cadre of Woodshed Warriors (call them what you will), from the school system and the community at large with a minimum high school education and a command of the local language. I would train them in the basics of mosquito control with a heavy emphasis on how to share such information with community members in a way that empowers them to take personal responsibility for managing mosquito-borne diseases starting with their premises and neighbourhoods. Once they have mastered the fundamentals and can impart that knowledge in easily digestible bite sizes, I would throw them at High Risk areas to help the Vector Control professionals in curbing mosquito infestations already measured and quantified.
Mosquito Alert! The Westmoreland Parish Council and its Public Health Department, late last year, recruited 73 students as part of a Caribbean Dengue Alert Initiative to promote preventive measures for the control of mosquitoes in select communities of Westmoreland, Jamaica. An announcement to that effect was made by Major Bertel Moore of Savanna-la-Mar and Chairman of the Parish Council on January 12, 2012.
The Jamaica Information Service (JIS) reported on January 17 that the young men and women, who in the Westmoreland model will earn an income on the bargain, are out and about in their respective communities speaking with householders on this important health issue.
Chief Public Health Inspector of Westmoreland Parish, Steve Morris, in an interview with JIS reporter Glennis Rose, was very clear: “We are not under any dengue outbreak in Jamaica, but just to be on alert, we get our public education initiative in action.”
If I had my way, that is exactly how I would go about things.