PSOJ president joins calls for Ebola coordinator
Jerome Reynolds, Staff Reporter
President of the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica, Chris Zacca, says the Government should appoint a national coordinator to lead the country’s Ebola preparations.
The Opposition has suggested that the country needs an Ebola Czar, but Health Minister Dr Fenton Ferguson has shot down the suggestion.
However, the PSOJ president says the health minister and the government must reconsider its position.
Zacca says it has been well established that a centralised response is needed to manage Ebola.
He says given the seriousness of the disease and the impact a potential case may have on the economy, the Ebola preparations must be led by someone with strong management and leadership skills.
Zacca says the fight against Ebola needs someone who can communicate effectively and who is seen as credible by the public.
The PSOJ president further argues that the health minister and technocrats in the ministry are already stretched as a result of dealing with the chikungunya virus while still managing normal day-to-day operations.
It is for those reasons he is insisting that a national coordinator for Ebola preparations be appointed.
He says this individual will be responsible for coordinating all sectors, implementing projects within set timelines, communicating with the public and reporting to the health ministry.
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