17 Nov Investigate Now and Clean Up the Garbage!
November 17, 2016 —-The People’s National Party (PNP) wants an audit of Jamaica’s waste management systems and an investigation into the rodent and other vector populations across the country. They say that outbreaks of hand, foot and mouth disease and the recent death of a St. Catherine resident from Leptospirosis are worrying signs while the significant pile up of garbage across the country continues.
According to the PNP’s Spokesperson on Local Government, Noel Arscott, MP, “the pile up of rubbish is having a disastrous, potentially dangerous effect on central Jamaica”. Mr. Arscott says that the parishes of Manchester, Clarendon and St. Elizabeth have had no garbage collected for over five weeks.
According to Arscott, “Minister Desmond McKenzie and the JLP Government have abandoned rubbish collection to score political points against the PNP and by doing so they are facilitating the breeding of rats and flies and are creating an island-wide public health hazard.”
“The country will be swimming in a sea of garbage by Christmas unless this man-made disaster is brought to an end by those now in control of managing Jamaica’s solid waste”, the former Local Government Minister lamented.
It is a fallacy that garbage collection is the responsibility of the Municipal authorities/Parish Councils – that power was divested of the Councils in the 1980’s. The Municipal Authorities can recommend, but cannot determine where or when garbage is collected. The PNP say before this year’s Christmas celebrations begin they want the Local Government Minister to assess and correct the damage that has already been done to the environment that Jamaicans live and work in, day-in day-out.