ZIFFPAGE TITLEBermuda Health DeptBy John McCormick | Posted 2005-07-08 Email Print
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Ross Furbert had to find a way to rid an island paradise of rodents. At stake: the tourist dollars that kept Bermuda's economy afloat.
Bermuda Health Dept.
Headquarters: P.O. Box Hm 1195, Hamilton Hm Ex, Bermuda
Phone: (441) 236-0224
Business: Charged with protecting the health and welfare of the island's residents and visitors.
GIS Project Leader: Environmental Health Officer David Kendall
Budget (Ministry of Health and Family Services): $147 million in 2005-06, compared to $138.8 million in 2004-05.
Challenge: Deploy geographic information system to help control rat and rodent population.
- Reduce rat complaint calls to 100 a quarter, from 467 in the fourth quarter of 2004.
- Drop the number of callbacks to 200 by the fourth quarter of 2005, from 272 in the fourth quarter of 2004.
- Continue double-digit reduction in the amount of rodent poison used, which decreased 18% from the fourth quarter of 2003 to the fourth quarter of 2004.