JAMAICA EBOLA PREPAREDNESS PLAN OF ACTION SO FAR
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 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 bio-hazardous 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.