A community partnership programme aimed at vector mitigation in Babonneau has been launched.
The launch took place last night at the Babonneau Community Centre.
The partner agencies are the Ministry of Health and Wellness through the Department of Environmental Health, the Babonneau Community Council, the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA, the Babonneau Youth Synergy and the Ministry of Infrastructure, in collaboration with the Water and Sewerage Company Inc. (WASCO).
The press release on the launch noted that there is an increasing population of vectors in Babonneau.
On June 22, 2015, a Vector Control Awareness Campaign was launched in the community.
“Vectors often live in close proximity to humans and can be serious pests under certain conditions. They are capable of transmitting organisms that can cause diseases in both humans and animals. We reside in what is considered to be the heat beat of Saint Lucia and it is our responsibility to protect our environment and our properties,” a press release on last evening’s launch of the Vector Mitigation Programme said.
“The risks that we incur at the spread of vector borne diseases is considerable. It impacts our tourism industry, job productivity and absenteeism and most importantly, it impacts our health system. We must act, prevent and bring our expertise together. Working together, we hope to mobilize communities, identify resources and develop strategies that our population will answer,” it observed.
It said that the Department of Environmental Health envisions the venture to be undertaken collectively as a community, as it is the most practicable way to combat the control of vectors.
“We are therefore requesting a meeting with all community stakeholders/representative to discuss an effective strategy to control vectors. The conclusion of the discussion will help us reduce the proliferation of vectors and improve the aesthetics of the environment. This will also improve the image and creditability of our agencies in the eyes of the community,” according to the release.