An island wide clean up aimed at tackling mosquito breeding grounds will take place in Grenada over this weekend.
According to Chief Medical Officer in the Ministry of Health, Dr George Mitchell, the initiative is taking place as a joint collaboration between the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of National Security.
Dr. Mitchell said that although the numbers for persons affected by the Chikungunya, caused by mosquitoes are decreasing, it is still not too late to ask the nation to engage in a massive clean up drive.
Speaking to reporters during a visit to the Princess Alice hospital to donate money for the construction of an X-Ray Unit, he said that personnel from both the private and public sector would be involved in the exercise.
“We have in the past collaborated with a number of persons, a number of entities and we have been in contact with them to be part of that (weekend clean-up)”, he remarked.
Dr. Mitchell has appealed to all Grenadians in every segment of the country to partake in the clean up.
“We think it’s not only about Chikungunya but it’s about us really and it shows good for us generally to engage as a people in activities that would help ourselves, other than waiting on persons to help,” he said.
Dr. Mitchell indicated that a number of specific areas would be targeted to get rid of mosquitoes.
“…What we have done thus far from the Ministry of Health is to identify areas and buildings of high Mosquito index and so the concentration would be on that but we are not precluding people and persons from doing work in their neighbourhoods where they think that problems lie in that regard”, he said.
“…We have identified and we have a list of government buildings etc, drains and other places considered to be of high Mosquito index that we would be concentrating on,” he added.
The Grenada Football Association (GFA) is expected to mobilize its affiliate clubs around the country to participate in the clean up.