Minister Urges Citizens To Protect Themselves From Dengue

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Economic Development Minister, Guy Joseph, is urging citizens to shoulder their responsibility in protecting themselves from dengue.

The Ministry of Health says as of October 10, 2020, a total of 711 confirmed cases have been recorded.

Last week, the ministry confirmed three deaths from the mosquito-borne illness.

Minister Guy Joseph, responding to calls for the authorities to clear some drains, declared that people may soon call on the government to sweep their houses.

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“There are things that the government must do and the government can do,” he told reporters.

But he observed that citizens have a responsibility to protect themselves.

“How can it be the people from environmental health should come and inspect around a house to see if there are any containers that are holding water that become a breeding ground for mosquitoes?” Joseph asked reporters Monday.

He suggested that all that is needed is for the person living in the house to put a piece of cloth over the drum.

“Somebody from the Ministry of Health must come in to do this?”

He asserted that derelict vehicles contribute to the problem, as do a lot of things that people gather around their homes.

“We need to be aware of our environment and we must take some more responsible positions,” Joseph declared.

(Photo caption: Minister Guy Joseph at cabinet meeting on Monday, October 19, 2020)

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