The Minister of Health, Dr. Fenton Ferguson has instructed the Southeast Regional Health Authority to ensure that mechanisms are in place to respond to persons who are adversely affected by the emissions from the Riverton City Dump at this time. The Minister has also instructed that appropriate clinics remain open on Saturday and Sunday to facilitate persons affected.

The environmental health unit is taking samples of the air in the vicinity to determine the chemical contents and is working with the Bureau of Standards and National Environment and Planning Agency to provide results in the shortest possible time. These may be available as early as Saturday.

The Ministry is taking the necessary regulatory steps to ensure the relevant agencies take the appropriate actions to make sure the fire is brought under control in the shortest possible time and is working with the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management and all other relevant stakeholders to facilitate a coordinated approach.

Acting Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Marion Bullock DuCasse is advising persons who suffer from asthma and other respiratory illnesses to cover mouth and nose with a clean damp rag to protect themselves from inhalation of smoke and dust particles arising from the fire at the Riverton City Landfill.

Parents and guardians are being reminded to pay special attention to young children especially those who are asthmatic and suffer from other respiratory illnesses. Keep children indoors as much as possible, keep windows and doors closed to prevent exposure to smoke and dust and look out for any difficulty in breathing or any discomfort that your child may experience.

The Ministry of Health continues to monitor very closely the smog and smoke that is currently affecting Kingston and St. Andrew and parts of St. Catherine as a result of the emissions from the fire at the Riverton City Dump.

Ruth Lodge
Secretary
Public Relations & Communication
Ministry of Health

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