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OCA Concerned About the Possible Effects Riverton Fire Will Have on Children’s Health

Kingston, Jamaica, February 10, 2012 --( The Office of the Children’s Advocate (OCA) has taken note of the ongoing fire at the Riverton City Dump, which is affecting sections of the corporate area. While the OCA acknowledges the efforts being carried out by the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) and its partners in working to curtail the fire, the OCA is however concerned about the possible negative consequences and risks to the nation’s children’s health.

The OCA has been made aware of several school closures in Kingston and St. Andrew, and Portmore, St. Catherine today because of complaints of respiratory problems being experienced by some students.

While the OCA commends the efforts that the authorities have expended thus far, the Office is however anxious that the situation will be resolved in the shortest possible time in keeping with the best interests of all.

The OCA also expects the relevant authorities to implement future measures that will safeguard the well being of our children who have a right to live in a clean, safe and healthy environment.

For further information contact:
Nicole Hayles
Manager, Public Education and Special Projects
Telephone: (876) 948-1293 / 948-3771
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Office of The Children's Advocate
Nicole Hayles (Manager, Public Education & Special Projects)
(876) 948-1293

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