ZIFFPAGE TITLEBermuda Health Dept

By John McCormick  |  Posted 2005-07-08 Print this article Print

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.


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