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MP Henry blaming 'government bureaucracy' for chikungunya clean-up programme delays

Published:Wednesday | November 5, 2014 | 11:29 AM
Mike Henry - File

Central Clarendon Member of Parliament, Mike Henry, is claiming that efforts by MPs to carry out chikungunya virus (chik-V) related clean-up activities in their constituencies are being hampered by government bureaucracy.



MPs have each been allocated $2 million to undertake cleaning up.



However, according to Henry, he and other MPs have been running into bureaucratic roadblocks when they try to access the funds.



He raised the concerns in parliament yesterday as the Health Minister updated the House of Representatives on the country’s response programmes for chik-V and Ebola.



Henry said the process to submit projects and get them approved is confusing.



He suggested that MPs should be allowed to independently carry out chik-V projects in their constituency.



Henry was supported by MP for North East Manchester, Audley Shaw, who said the confusion surrounding the initiative must be cleared up soon so that MPs can get to work.



The special allocation for MPs to undertake chikungunya-related projects is being managed by the Office of the Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM).



Health Minister Dr Fenton Ferguson said while he understood the concerns of the MPs proper procedures are in place to allow them to access the programme.



Ferguson said ODPEM is there to ensure that taxpayers get value for money.



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