Dr Tufton Joins Vector Control Workers on Streets of May Pen

The Minster was joined by a team of 30 vector control workers on the walk, which started at the premises of the Clarendon Municipal Corporation, through the May Pen Market, into the town centre, and culminating at the clock. Ministry of Health and Wellness, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, took to the streets of May Pen on Thursday (Sept. 5), to encourage market vendors, business owners and the general public to do their part in ridding their surroundings of the Aedes aegypti mosquito, which transmits dengue and other viruses. The team handed out flyers with information on how to eliminate mosquito breeding sites in the home and business place, spoke with citizens and placed mosquito larvicide in containers of water. Ministry of Health and Wellness, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, took to the streets of May Pen on Thursday (Sept. 5), to encourage market vendors, business owners and the general public to do their part in ridding their surroundings of the Aedes aegypti mosquito, which transmits dengue and other viruses.The Minster was joined by a team of 30 vector control workers on the walk, which started at the premises of the Clarendon Municipal Corporation, through the May Pen Market, into the town centre, and culminating at the clock.The team handed out flyers with information on how to eliminate mosquito breeding sites in the home and business place, spoke with citizens and placed mosquito larvicide in containers of water.Dr. Tufton reminded persons that the Aedes aegypti mosquito lives in homes, schools, workplaces and anywhere people gather for long periods of time.He noted that containers, such as used tyres, should be properly discarded, and water in flower pots and vases changed regularly.The exercise in May Pen was part of the Ministry’s enhanced vector control programme launched on July 1, which is aimed at reducing mosquito breeding sites and mosquito infestation in communities.Cadine McLeod Davis, who has been a temporary vector control worker since 2016, told JIS News that during this period of heightened awareness, the workers visit at least 35 premises daily.“August to September are the months when the awareness is built up and we inspect schools, empty lots, parking lots, garages, churches and all other public spaces as well as homes,” she said.“People are generally receptive but they love it when the Minister comes,” she noted.Enhanced vector control is also being carried out in the towns of Black River, St. Elizabeth; and Mandeville, Manchester under the Southern Regional Health Authority (SRHA). Story Highlights read more

52 High Schools Participating In Twinning Programme

The programme aims to expose students to academic and extracurricular programmes that are not currently available at their own schools. Some 52 high schools are now participating in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information’s Twinning of Schools initiative.The programme aims to expose students to academic and extracurricular programmes that are not currently available at their own schools.It will also give teachers and student leaders an opportunity to share ideas and best practices with their colleagues in other institutions.Among the participating schools are Ardenne High, Pembroke Hall High, Haile Selassie High, Campion College and Holy Trinity High in Kingston and St. Andrew.Minister with responsibility for Education, Hon. Karl Samuda, in his remarks at the official launch of the 2019/20 school year at the Ardenne High School on Thursday (September 12), said the initiative will positively change the perceptions held about some schools.“The fear that a lot of people might have, privately, that it’s a cultural crossover, it isn’t. There are many students at this institution (Ardenne High), considered an Ivy League institution, that are from the same communities as students from Kingston High and Haile Selassie,” he pointed out.“Our mission is to make sure that those schools are improved to a level where, when a student or a parent sees that their child has been assigned to that school, there is no apprehension,” he added.Mr. Samuda noted that the teaching body in Jamaica is “very competent and committed” and “it is just a question of the support that they will get from the private sector, the churches and from other organisations that are willing to support our school and our educational system”. Some 52 high schools are now participating in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information’s Twinning of Schools initiative. It will also give teachers and student leaders an opportunity to share ideas and best practices with their colleagues in other institutions. Story Highlights read more