Vector Control Awareness campaign starts May 8th in Sucker Garden

Minister of Health, Social Affairs and Labour Emil Lee


PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten — Sint The department of Collective Prevention Services recently launched a Vector Control Awareness campaign themed: “If you clean it Up, we will pick it Up”. The Ministry of VSA would like to announce an important change in the execution of the campaign activities.

In the press release of April 26th, it was stated that “the campaign would commence on May 8th in the following districts: Sucker garden; Middle region; Dutch Quarter; Belvedere; Mount Williams; Defiance and Bishop hill. Residents were asked to prepare their debris for pick-up by 7am.” This is no longer the case. In order to ensure effective use of resources and desired outcome, the campaign will be executed per district and will be extended for a longer period. On May 8th, the campaign will commence solely in the district of Sucker Garden at pre-identified homes that will be assessed for clean-up assistance.

Vector control teams will conduct assessments of residents that were previously identified for risks of on-site mosquito breeding grounds. These homeowners will be provided with assistance from the project teams to have debris collected from their homes and disposed of. A collective effort of Government and community to combat mosquito breeding grounds, one home at a time.

The assessments will commence on May 8th in the district of Sucker Garden. Identified homeowners who have given consent for the clean-up will be assisted on appointment basis. On appointment date, the following debris are to be collected: Trash/Hurricane debris, Tires, Washing machines, Refrigerators, Discarded buckets and other containers, unmaintained fountains and/or birdbaths. Construction materials will NOT be collected and individuals are responsible to dispose of these at the landfill.

For more information about this campaign and preventative measures related to mosquitoes, call CPS at 542-2078, 542-3003 or email