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The Ministry of Transport and Works is entwined in a tough fight with bush.
This is evidenced by the amount of greenery at the side of roads, climbing utility poles and sprawling over public gardens – even though the latter come under the purview of the National Conservation Commission.
Last week the WEEKEND NATION featured some trouble spots in Fairfield and Grazettes, St Michael.
In a Press conference last Thursday, Chief Environmental Health Officer Tyrone Applewhaite urged the public to take responsibility for keeping their own homes clean as there had been a rise in dengue fever complaints.
“People are still responsible for a lot of mosquito breeding on their property. We’re still seeing a lot of delinquency among the population,” he said.
Applewhaite reported an increase of mosquito complaints, from 271 last year to 301 for the corresponding period this year.
The Ministry of Health also reported concern about the increasing cases of leptospirosis.
However, when it comes to keeping public areas clean, it is up to Governmental organizations. A NATION team travelled to a few spots around St Michael to get a look at just how bad the problem was. (CA)