Topic: Environmental Health, Food and Food Security, Public Health | Posted By: npickering
Friday, 23 September 2016 - 9:01am
Owners and staff of food establishments in the Territory are building capacity in food safety management and best practices through a three-day “Certified ServSafe Food Safety Training and Certification Workshop.”
Registration is open to owners of food establishments and persons working in the Territory’s food service industry to participate in a three-day ServSafe Food Safety Manager Certification Training workshop.
The Ministry of Health and Social Development and its partners are inviting all residents to “fight the bite” and join clean-up groups to eliminate mosquito breeding sites to reduce the Territory’s vulnerability to the Zika virus and other mosquito borne diseases.
My fellow residents of and visitors to the Virgin Islands, the recent announcement of five laboratory confirmed cases of the Zika Virus has understandably given rise to some concerns, but there is no cause for undue alarm. We have been monitoring the spread of this mosquito-borne virus across the Americas and the Caribbean region since local transmission was first reported in Brazil in May 2015. When local transmission was later detected in St. Maarten, Puerto Rico, and the neighbouring US Virgin Islands, we anticipated that it would not be long before the virus reached the shores of the BVI.
In an ongoing effort to protect the community from Zika, Dengue Fever and Chikungunya, the Environmental Health Division will be conducting fogging operations in Cane Garden Bay, Tortola on August 27 and August 29 at 5:30 a.m.