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Why do students pay health fee at IVC?

December 02, 2011|By IMPERIAL VALLEY PRESS STAFF

I attend IVC. We, as the students, are required to pay a $15 health fee every semester. I don’t have a problem paying it, but what does it cover? One persistent problem here is the older restrooms. They are infested with mosquitoes. This has been like this since I started here in 2007. You cannot walk into the restrooms without being bitten. There are many illnesses that come with mosquito bites. My question is, if they are charging us a $15 health fee, why are they not protecting our health?  I’m sure it can cover a few cans of bug spray. — Bitten, Imperial County

Because mosquito infestations are taken extremely seriously anywhere where West Nile virus has been found, county Vector Control gets on the issue quickly.

Head of Vector Control, Imperial County Environmental Health Deputy Director Jeff Lamoure, told us vector staff checked Imperial Valley College and several locations adjacent to the college, including a bamboo farm, the county duck club and several agricultural fields and could find no sources of mosquito breeding.

Vector control staff also checked with IVC’s head of maintenance to ask whether the college had received any complaints from students, faculty or public, and the response was no, Lamoure said.

IVC spokesman Bill Gay said the same thing. Gay added that every Friday a pest control company hits hotspots on complaints, or areas where bugs have been seen or reported.

That said, Gay explained that the college cannot simply spray at will all over campus. Because there is a day care center on campus, the college is under the same state Integrated Pest Management policies that govern kindergarten-12th grade schools.

But maintenance can respond to direct complaints and he encouraged students to go to maintenance staff.

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