Residents of a St Michael community are appealing to authorities for urgent help in cleaning up their neighborhood as several of them complain of falling ill.
Households in Bibby’s Gap, Chase Road, Ellis Village and Halls Road have all reported either cases of dengue or chikungunya and dengue-like symptoms.
When a team from Barbados TODAY visited the district today, the residents pointed out a dirty canal, that runs along the length of Halls Road, which they said has become overgrown with grass, pools of stagnant water and provides the perfect breeding ground for the Aedes aegypti mosquito that carries both illnesses.
Resident Tyrone Knight said as far back as February he had informed health officers at the Winston Scott Polyclinic that the canal needed to be debushed.
“Besides the tall grass, there are also large pools of stagnant water in the canal. There are plastic containers and other debris in the canal. It really needs cleaning. I would like the Government to clean it,” a concerned Patricia Joseph added.
The 68-year-old said her two grand-daughters, Nadisha Joseph 17, and Gerelyn Norville 20, had to be hospitalized after falling ill with dengue-like symptoms.
“They visited the Queen Elizabeth Hospital and were placed on drips. A rash appeared on their faces, their joints were hurting and they had high fever. They were not warded at the QEH but continued to experience severe pain when they returned home. They are still experiencing pain,” she said.
Michael Avril, 65, and his wife, Georgina who live in Bibby’s Gap, and Knight, of Halls Road, also reported being sick.
“I believe that the canal should have been cleaned up before residents fell ill,” Avril insisted.
Another resident of Halls Road expressed disgust at the situation that now threatens the health of residents.
“Nearly every household in the district has someone who has come down with the symptoms. Around 6 pm, large swarms of mosquitoes descend on the district . . . Little children cannot come out to play and many of them have to stay home because of illness,” he said.