The Ministry of Health continues to keep a close eye on the dump at Lower Estate, St George after issuing an abatement notice on December 1 which called for the facility to be closed.
According to Acting Chief Medical Officer Dr Kenneth George, there has been no further dumping at the site since the abatement order was issued and the immediate priority is to contain the possible environmental health risk as the site continues to smoulder.
As a result, he said, the Ministry and the Barbados Fire Service were working with the owner/operator of the quarry to ensure the fire threat was contained.
The Ministry continues to advise persons with respiratory illnesses, including asthma, to avoid the area. Residents who may experience symptoms should seek medical attention at the Winston Scott Polyclinic or the Accident and Emergency Department of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital. (BGIS)