For assistance with chikungunya-survey: Minister thanks Justice Academy cadets

POSTED: 02/11/14 9:59 AM

St. Maarten (DCOMM) – Last Friday the Collective Preventive Services (CPS) organized a meeting with cadets from the Justice Academy who were thanked by Public Health Minister Cornelius de Weever for their assistance with a field survey which is being carried out to determine a baseline on risk areas for mosquito breeding.

“I know the cadets were faced with and saw first-hand the infrastructural challenges and lack of proper addresses. When they graduate they must understand the reality in the field and the role they will be playing in making Sint Maarten a better place,” Minister De Weever said.

The cadets assisted in surveying several districts that included St. Peters, South Reward, Ebenezer, Betty’s Estate, Saunders and Mary’s Fancy, A.Th. Illidge Road, Belair, Fort Willem, Pond Island, Sucker Garden, Madame Estate, Bush Road, Long Wall Road, Walter Nisbeth Road, Cannegieter Street, Backstreet and Frontstreet.

Minister De Weever also thanked the Head of the Department of Inspections Martha Thewet for arranging the transportation logistics as well as bus drivers Connor, Van Putten and Bell for transporting the cadets to the different areas.

The minister also expressed gratitude to Heavenly Water for providing water, to Carl & Sons for providing snacks and lunches, and to the media for creating awareness about the survey.

The results of the survey will give vector control staff information to focus additional attention on risk areas.  The government has been working with public health officials from the French side to eliminate mosquito breeding areas due to the presence of dengue and chikungunya on the island.


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