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No Portia for CARICOM meeting on Ebola and chik-V

Published:Tuesday | November 4, 2014 | 1:04 PM
Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller. - File

Though CARICOM heads of government are gathering in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad this afternoon to discuss how to address the Ebola and chikungunya viruses (chik-V), Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller will not be in attendance.



In early September, Trinidad and Tobago's Prime Minister, Kamla Persad-Bissessar called for the special meeting of CARICOM to discuss the public health issues.



The 17th Special Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) is to be held later this afternoon in the Twin Island Republic.



The primary purpose of the meeting is to review action being taken regarding Ebola and chik-V, and to agree on a way forward.



However, the Office of the Prime Minister has confirmed that Simpson Miller will not be present, neither will the country's health minister, Dr Fenton Ferguson.



According to the Foreign Affairs Ministry, Jamaica is being represented instead by the country's High Commissioner to Trinidad and Tobago Sharon Saunders.



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