With Barbados listed among the countries in the region on watch for the spread of the Zika virus, hoteliers and business operators on the island’s south coast have been proactive in seeking to reduce mosquito breeding in the area.
In an effort led by the Ocean Two Resort, and which also involved other hotels, such as Sandals and Time Out, staffers and other support personnel started a clean-up campaign of the Dover, Christ Church area and its environs early yesterday morning.
“This is essentially a community project to reduce the incidence of mosquito breeding, particularly the aedes aegypti mosquito which we all know can be very harmful,” said Paul Collymore, the operations manager at Ocean Two Resort.
“We started with an inspection of the area and we are mobilizing teams to remove the trash and discarded items that can harbour and breed mosquitoes,” he added.
Collymore explained that the efforts had the backing of the Ministry of Health and would be ongoing to make Barbados safe for both residents and visitors.
Hotels in the area are also moving to strengthen their vector control programmes.
Before yesterday’s start of the clean up campaign, residents, hoteliers and other business operators in the area attended a meeting at the Ocean Two Resort on Monday where Minister of Health John Boyce and environmental health officers were present.