P.R. Governor Says There is no Date set for Fumigation
Governor Alejandro García Padilla said today that there is no date to carry out aerial fumigation with the chemical known as Naled for combat the zika virus on the island and that even though the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends it, “I am still evaluating their opinion.”
After attending the refurbishing work carried out by La Fortaleza employees at the Luis Muñoz Rivera School in Santurce, as part of the “Esta es me escuela” (This is my school), García Padilla said that the EPA as well as the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) support the measure.
“There is no date,” said García Padilla commenting on when the fumigation would take place and added that federal agencies, the local Department of Agriculture and the State Agency for Emergency and Disaster Management (Aemead for its initials in Spanish) support the initiative.
The governor said “it is under evaluation. I am listening to everyone’s opinion. This is not a political issue, but about health, of if I become convinced that it is correct in terms of health.”
According to the govenror, the issue “cannot be taken as a trivial element. Discussion has become trivialized, has become superficial, ” and that the chemicals used in street fumigation only kill per cent of mosquitoes.
“We will make the announcement soon; it’s a public health issue. I have heard people that do not have any kind of expertise talking about the issue. The EPA says that in the U.S. it is used. It has reached the unheard of point of it being compared to Agent Orange. The EPA is the expert federal agency. The CDC as well,” he said.