More than 15, 000 Barbadians were struck by various mosquito borne diseases between 2012 and 2016.
This was revealed by Minister of Health John Boyce as he addressed the House of Assembly on a supplemental vote for $4.6 million to fund a national debushing campaign.
He reported that there were 11, 533 cases of dengue, 2, 034 cases of chikungunya, 688 reported cases of Zika and 147 confirmed Zika cases, while stating that Barbados and the rest of the Caribbean had to remain on guard against relatively new diseases such as Zika and the re-emerging ones such as yellow fever.
Meantime, St James South MP Kerrie Symmonds wants to know how many health inspectors are currently employed by Government and how their services are deployed.
The Opposition MP complained today from the floor of Parliament that communities in his constituency did not benefit from the last state-funded debushing project as he chided Government for only using $1.6 million of the $3 million approved for that exercise.