The Ministry of Health, Wellness and Social Services of the Commonwealth of Dominica on Saturday has addressed the issue of alleged indiscriminate dumping of dead aquatic animals in the Layou river. The Ministry has highlighted the above mentioned in context of the impact that such activities can have on the environment as well as the potential risks that it can pose to the public health.
While highlighting the above mentioned, the Ministry of Health, Wellness and the Social Services of Dominica, added that, “The Environmental Health Department is actively investigating this matter. Our dedicated team is working diligently to identify those responsible for this unacceptable behavior and assures the public that appropriate action will taken against the perpetrators in accordance with the law.”
It is to be specifically mentioned that, the Ministry has further taken the chance to make reminder in the public about the importance of responsible waste management. The disposal dead aquatic animals, or any kind of waste should be done in a responsible and environmentally friendly manner. They notified that, “Such acts has not only threaten the aquatic ecosystem but also endanger the health and wellbeing of people.”
The Ministry has further advised the people, “To exercise caution when purchasing seafood, especially from non-traditional vendors, ensuring that, the seafood that people consume meets the required health and safety standards.”
Notably, in the statement shared, the Ministry of Health, Wellness and Social Services has expressed commitment in safeguarding the health and wellbeing of the citizens, adding that, “We encourage the public to be vigilant and report any suspicious activities related to the indiscriminate dumping or any other environmental health hazards. Your cooperation is crucial in maintaining the integrity of our natural resources and protecting public health.”