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Prime Minister Dr. Drew gives commitment to addressing mold situation at police stations

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By Devonne Cornelius

St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN): Concerns about mold in police stations across St. Kitts and Nevis have been raised by police officers.

In a special interview with the Prime Minister and Minister of Health and National Security, Hon. Dr. Terrance Drew, he revealed that decisive actions are being taken to address the deteriorating situation. 

“With respect to the Dieppe Bay Police Station, we have already allotted the money to deal with Dieppe Bay. It is with the Public Works[Department] at this time, and we need to get the police station done. We have moved the police officers, and it is being addressed. 

With respect to the Charlestown Police Station, that is also being addressed. We have located an area that we have to rent and move them out so we can deal with the issues of mold at the Charlestown Police Station. I will make sure that the Permanent Secretary gives an update with respect to what we are doing with these two situations. I want it to be done as expeditiously as possible.”

WINN spoke with police officers at the Charlestown Police Station, who stated that the situation is unpleasant and that they have made repeated calls for the matter to be addressed. Some officers have fallen ill while others have taken precautionary measures, such as working outside of the police station or wearing face masks to avoid the mold.

As mold grows, it can release spores that become airborne and are then inhaled. Inhaling these fragments can inflame the airways, causing symptoms like coughing and throat irritation, wheezing, and chest tightness. Exposure can also cause watery or itchy eyes and rashes. Mold is unlikely to significantly affect people with a strong immune system. But for people with low immunity, older people, or people with a chronic disease like lung disease or diabetes, it can be harmful. Whether you have a pre-existing condition or not, if you experience prolonged exposure to mold, it can impact your lung function and cause chronic health problems.

 

 

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