Doctor warns about the use of Melathion


A regional doctor has raised concerns about a mosquito fogging chemical used by the environmental health department in Montserrat.

The chemical, Malathion is also widely used throughout the Caribbean for agricultural purposes.

But, Head of the Jamaica Centre for Advanced Medicine Dr. Arlene Rose says all her research points to the pesticide being very harmful to people.

She outlined birth defects, nausea, and seizures as just some of the medical disorders research has shown can be caused by the chemical.

ZJB News has been informed that Malathion is one of the chemicals used as part of the Ministry of Health’s public health pest control programme.

A senior officer within the Environmental Health Department says the chemical has been approved for use by the World Health Organization WHO.

The officer said the quantity used in Montserrat is based on the recommended level as specified by the WHO.

The officer went on to say that other studies have indicated that once the quantity used does not exceed the advised level of concentration, the chemical has very low toxicity to humans and animals.

The senior officer added that the exposure to the chemical to residents here is low as fogging is only done when necessary as was seen recently to eradicate the mosquito that spreads the Zika Virus, Dengue and Chikungunya.

Dr. Rose’s concerns about the use of Melathion, comes just days after a local doctor made a call for an investigation into the types of chemicals found in the common pesticides used for agricultural practices here.