Mosquito Breeding Site Cleaning Up for Pick Up on May 30

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GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten (DCOMM) – Residents of the districts of St. John’s Estate, Mary’s Fancy, Saunders, Betty’s Estate, Ebenezer and St. Peters, are requested to have any yard/garden debris placed in front of their home to be picked up on Wednesday, May 30 by waste management companies which is being coordinated by the Ministry of Public Housing, Spatial Planning, Environment and Infrastructure (Ministry VROMI).

Residents are requested to make all efforts to comply with the schedule date.

Please note that this is not the regular household waste pick-up but is related to yard/garden debris as part of the Government’s Mosquito Breeding Site Elimination & Cleaning Up Campaign.

The vector control team members from the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour (Ministry VSA), have been carrying out assessments in the Cul de Sac basin which started in the week of May 14th. The objective is to clear out potential mosquito breeding sites that are identified in yards/gardens of homes in the various neighbourhoods.

A vector control team visits and assesses residential areas for the purpose of identifying public health hazards within the communities.

The next residential areas on the list for assessment are Cole Bay, Cay Bay, and Pelican Key.  This assessment will be carried out in the week of May 28 to June 1 and the team is asking for the cooperation and collaboration of the residents of the aforementioned areas to be on alert for the visit of the mosquito apprentice vector control team.

Community cooperation of the team is requested to ensure a proper assessment.  The assistance of all residents is needed in order to beat the mosquito that carries various types of vector borne diseases.

This project has two parts, firstly an assessment of mosquito breeding site elimination debris and bulky waste by the vector control apprentices; and secondly, the removal of the identified hurricane debris and bulky waste in coordination with Ministry VROMI.

This project is a collaborative effort between Ministry VSA and VROMI under the umbrella of VSA’s Cash for Work project which is presently financed by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Ministry VSA covers other costs such as materials and the participation of civil servants.

If there are any concerns or questions, members of the community can call the Collective Prevention Services at 542-1570 and asked for the project coordinator, Mr. G. Davelaar to obtain additional information.