Then Central Board of Health (CBH) has set aside an entire week to educate the public on measures that could be taken to eradicate mosquito breeding sites, rodents, and other unwanted creatures from homes across the country.
The inaugural Public Health Week kicked off on Monday, June 19th, and concludes on June 23rd.
Acting Principal Public Health Inspector; Julienne Mannix said the week of activities was geared towards sensitizing the public on a number of important tips useful and essential to their daily lives.
“For different days we have different topics. On Monday we focused on potable water sharing tips and engaging the public on the importance of treating the water supply either for drinking purposes or other use.
“On Tuesday the topic was rodent control where we engaged different stakeholders, office staff and focused on the dangers of rats diseases carried by rodents and ways you can identify if you have them in your home or office space, and how you go about preventing them from off your compound,” Mannix said.
Wednesday was centered around onsite wastewater disposals systems such as septic tanks and soakaways, knowing your setbacks and the functions of a septic tank.
Today, Thursday the team will zoom in on air quality mold and hazardous materials, and on Friday cleaning and disinfection, hand hygiene, and cough etiquette.
“We will be doing some presentations at school camps engaging the young children and having that type of discussion,” Mannix said.
She added that the department has a wealth of information to share with the general public and felt that could be achieved through a week of activities to further heighten awareness of environmental issues and protect their health and well-being.