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.
“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)