School meals workers will be afforded the opportunity to gain more knowledge and skills on mosquito and rodent control next Wednesday, July 20.

This will occur when the Vector Control Unit of the Ministry of Health hosts another one-day seminar in its Government-wide training programme for personnel in departments and agencies.

The training will be conducted in the Environmental Health Training Centre, located on the 5th Floor, NIS Building, Fairchild Street, Bridgetown, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Personnel will be sensitised and trained about vector control in order to reduce the incidence of leptospirosis and dengue. There will also be a demonstration on the unit’s use of the fogging machine, the black lamp and baiting stations.

Participants will also be given the chance to view mosquito eggs and larvae under the microscope.??

To date, the Unit has sensitised over 9,315 persons since the start of the programme in January 2010. Organisations which have, thus far, benefitted include the Barbados Transport Board; the National Housing Corporation; the National

Conservation Commission; the Electoral and Boundaries Commission; the Barbados Statistical Service; the Data Processing Department; the Sanitation Service Authority and the Welfare Department. Primary school janitors as well as Government security service personnel have also received training.

By year-end, it is expected that the Unit would see the figure moved to 10,000.


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