Removal Of derelict Vehicles A Health Benefit, Says CMO Jermine Abel Police removal of derelict vehicles from around the island is not just a security benefit, but a matter of public health, says the Chief Medical Officer. The police force recently launched a campaign to rid communities of derelict vehicles as part of its fight against criminal activities in the Federation. Dr. Patrick Martin said with the removal of those vehicles the police will be ridding the environment of vectors and insects which cause health problems. He said residents in those areas where vehicles will be removed should see an immediate improvement in their environment. “They harbour vectors of disease, so when the police is finished with its operations, residents can and will see an immediate improvement in the health of the environment and also an improvement in relation to threats to their health,” the CMO posited. Dr. Martin explained that as a result of the exercise, individuals will be seeing a decrease in the number of flies, cockroaches and mosquitoes. The CMO said he is hopeful that the police will begin “charging” persons who are dumping waste indiscriminately around the federation because that leads to the formation of new dumping grounds on both islands. “We are expecting that this new aggressive approach by the police service will extend to stop and search, interdiction and charging of persons who haul waste especially in the dead of night and deposit it in the cane fields around St. Kitts and other places,” Dr. Martin said. He also explained that the police service should not only be involved in the removal of the vehicles, but attention should also be placed on persons who own derelict buildings, since the police’s job is a “comprehensive and holistic” one. “We have to go after owners of derelict buildings, because those buildings have the same effect as the vehicles. Not relating to criminal activities, but in relation to where we have hundreds of derelict buildings around both islands harbouring rodents, cockroaches, flies, mosquitoes, and so it’s not about the vehicles alone but it is about the buildings as well,” Dr. Martin said. He also chided those persons who are dumping their waste in Independence Square and business owners who are depositing their waste in and around residential bins.