Authorities say they are closely monitoring developments along the south coast where sporadic sewage leaks are considered a potential health hazard.
Acting Chief Medical Officer Dr Anton Best also assured this afternoon that the Ministry of Health was leaving no stone unturned in its quest to ensure that public health was protected.
“It falls under our domain to protect the health of persons. We are aware when [the leaks] happen and we are doing all we can to mitigate against the health impacts,” Dr Best told Barbados TODAY, adding that the ministry was currently working in collaboration with the Barbados Water Authority and the Environmental Health Department to resolve the problem.
“The Environmental Health Department is aware of the challenges and continues to collaborate with the Barbados Water Authority in resolving it because it is a potential health hazard,” the Acting CMO said.
He said the sporadic sewage overflows, which have been ongoing for the past year, were of serious concern to the ministry.
“And that is why the Environmental Health Department at the respective polyclinics pay very close attention to this matter,” the senior health official emphasized.
Just last week, Minister of Water Resource Management Dr David Estwick issued the warning to Barbadians and visitors alike that they may have to stomach the recurring sewage stench along the south coast for a while longer.
In response to persistent complaints from residents and business operators in the area that the sporadic problem of raw sewage overflowing into the streets was simply not going away and was ruining their lives, Estwick said there could be no permanent relief until a modern treatment plant was built, even though he could not say definitively when the situation would be fully remedied.
He also appealed to affected residents and business operators to bear with the authorities given the magnitude of the challenges being experienced with the existing system for which he stressed that there was no quick fix solution.