The Dominica Red Cross continues with its Caribbean Response and Preparedness Project aimed at preventing and responding to the Zika virus disease. The Society is focused on reaching the public through improved community engagement, action and support, as well as to coordinate and share knowledge with other stakeholders. The key project interventions included Risk Communication, Community Clean-up Campaigns & Vector Control, School & Household Sanitation.
It was all hands-on deck as the Dominica Red Cross Clean-up Campaign Mosquito Search and Destroy began in the Community of Boetica & Delice from January 17th – January 23rd, 2020. Environmental Health Officials, stakeholders, partners, vector control workers and Dominica Red Cross Delice Branch Volunteers turned out at the meeting point in Delice to intensify public awareness on Dengue, Chikungunya and Zika virus.
Project Manager for Caribbean Zika Response & Preparedness Project Sylvester Jno Baptiste reiterated the reason for the Clean-up. “We continue to see an increase in mosquito breeding. It is crucial that we consistently search for and destroy mosquito breeding sites”. The clean-up which has been executed in other communities is “aimed at motivating the public to get all Dominicans involves in the clean-up effort specifically destroying the breeding sites of the Aedes aegypti mosquito which spreads the dengue, chikungunya and Zika viruses and which is found in and around homes’ stated Jno Baptiste.
Some of the stakeholders and partners who supported the clean-up included the Environmental Health Department, The Dominica Solid Waste Management Corporation and the Delice Village Council.