(Errol Smith) – Serious Rat infestation: A serious rat infestation has been affecting Montego Bay over the past months, which has come to the attention of the Municipal authorities and the Mayor, Mr. Homer Davis.
At a recent Press Conference, the Mayor spoke out strongly on the matter.
Montego Bay Mayor Homer Davis said the St James Municipal Corporation will be taking action against business operators whose unhygienic practices are contributing to the ongoing rat infestation that has been plaguing the parish.
“We have been having discussions with the NSWMA (National Solid Waste Management Authority) and we are putting some plans in place to prosecute some of these people and put them before the court,” said Davis. “We can’t have people who are operating businesses behaving in this irresponsible way.”
Davis, who was speaking at a press conference, said that some restaurant operators have been less than hygienic in their disposal of waste material, which is believed to be one of the factors driving the growing rat infestation
Within recent months, the rodents have been wreaking havoc in the western city, impacting the operations of several businesses in downtown Montego Bay. The infestation has caught the attention of the St James Health Department, which has launched a major campaign to eliminate the unwelcome pests.
Lennox Wallace, the chief public health inspector for St James, said that starting this Friday, the health department will begin a cleanliness drive targeting food establishments that operate at nights and which are most vulnerable to rat infestation.
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