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OTHER EBOLA PREPAREDNESS COMMITMENTS

Published:Wednesday | October 29, 2014 | 12:00 AM

n Earlier this month, 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 Training of workers in essential services and first responders for any possible Ebola health emergency.

n Refurbishing of quarantine and medical posts at airports, making them fully equipped with medical supplies, protective gear, etc.

n Creation of isolation centres at airports and other locations and a main isolation treatment facility in Kingston.

n Dedicated ambulance service and crew.

n Commitment from Pan American Health Organization for any personal protection gear equipment 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 infrared 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 25 handheld laser temperature machines from Supreme Ventures to be shared among all ports of entry.

n 10 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.