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Dr Kevin Harvey

Published:Wednesday | November 5, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Dr Kevin Harvey

n In October, Prime

Minister Portia Simpson Miller activated the multi-agency Ebola Contingency Action

Plan, under the National Health Emergency Plan, with a budget of $500 million.

n Dr Kevin Harvey, acting permanent secretary in the Ministry of Health, is Jamaica's lead technical official for the Ebola prevention and response action plan.

n Ongoing training of

workers in essential services and first responders for any possible Ebola health emergency.

n Travel ban on persons

travelling directly or indirectly from or through the three West African countries of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, within 28 days of having departed those countries.

n 28-day quarantine of Jamaican residents coming from Guinea, Liberia or Sierra Leone.

n Refurbishing of Quarantine and Medical Post at the two national airports - Norman Manley and Sangster International - fully equipped with medical supplies, protective gear, etc.

n Creation of isolation

centres at airports and other locations, with main isolation treatment facility in St Andrew.

n Dedicated ambulance

service and crew.

n Commitment from Pan American Health Organisation for any Personal Protection Gear Equipment (PPE) needed from warehouse in Panama within 24 hours of request.

n Six handheld laser temperature machines from Errald Miller, husband of the prime minister, to be used at Norman Manley and Sangster International airports.

n $4.3 million from Sagicor Group Jamaica Limited to

purchase a temperature walk-through scanner with infra-red technology to detect individuals with elevated body temperatures, to be installed at the Sangster International Airport

in Montego Bay.

n $7 million from Supreme Ventures Limited to purchase one thermal-sensing unit for the Falmouth Cruise Ship Complex, inclusive of installation and training; 10 Ebola kits containing operating theatre gowns, shoes, bags for biohazardous materials, and disposable needles; two type B complementary kits containing heavy duty

surgical aprons, body bags,

safety goggles, anti-fog liquid for the lenses, one litre chemically resistant insecticide sprayer tanks, and 12 litre polypropylene backpack

model sprayer insecticide.

n Twenty-five handheld laser temperature machines from Supreme Ventures to be shared among all ports of entry.

n Ten handheld laser temperature machines from private donors in eastern St. Thomas

to be shared among all ports

of entry.

n Jamaica Defence Force step up of border patrol to monitor and prevent illegal entry.

n Partnerships on public education campaigns and public forums on Ebola preparedness and awareness.

n Signing of memorandum of understanding with Cuba to aid with country's Ebola preparedness and response.