The following was posted on another BU blog by Nostradamus
Nation Newspaper today Feb 14, 2013 front page headline “Dengue worry”. Start of the story says “There has been a worrying spike in dengue cases so far this year. And the Ministry of Health views the situation so seriously that it has issued a bulletin to doctors, reminding them to report any suspected cases of the disease.”
Further on it says the Ministry of Health stated in a release that among other things that it would maintain surveillance at various sites and one of those areas noted is WETLANDS. Is the Ministry of Health aware that the sluice has not and is not functioning and that there has been no effective wetland water level control in place for many years ? No interchange of sea water and fresh water that is so vital to the health of the wetland and for a vibrant fish population to control mosquitoes naturally? When the sluice gate worked, it was possible to raise the water levels and get water flowing through the canals. Flowing water in the canals means fewer mosquitoes.
Have the Ministry of Health taken a look at the stagnant water (see photo above) between the sluice gate and the sand barrier? Wouldn’t it be incumbent on them to use whatever influence they have to get Dr. Lowe and his Ministry to fix or replace the gate or implement some solution? Anyone in the Ministry of Environment or Health ever heard of preventive methods or being proactive or even doing their job? Now they will need to go into the swamp and use chemical measures to control and kill the mosquitoes as well as the fish that control mosquitoes!
Prior to the 2008 election Dr. Jerome Walcott of the BLP was not only the representative for the area (Ch Ch S) but Minister of Health and still the sluice gate was not replaced or repaired despite not functioning for several years. On the BLP website under Dr. Walcott’s profile one of his “Visions” is to “To enhance the Graeme Hall swamp/wetland area”. Really? Maybe he would like to elaborate. Nothing on John Boyce’s DLP profile page to show what he is planning for his constituency in the event that he is returned to Parliament.
So it seems that whether it is DLP or BLP neither of them have the capacity or ability or will to resolve what really is quite a simple problem.