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Millions set aside in Budget or sanitary upgrades

Published:Friday | February 27, 2015 | 2:00 AM

A total of $76.5 million is to be spent this year on upgrading the sanitary facilities of several schools.

The money has been provided in the 2015/16 Estimates of Expenditure, now before the House of Representatives.

The project aims to replace pit latrines with flush toilets in order to reduce the contamination of underground water and reduce the spreading of diseases caused by faecal matter.

Up to November 2014, under the project, 28 sanitation blocks had been completed at primary schools.

For the 2015/16 period, it is expected that 10-seater sanitation blocks will be constructed in 10 primary schools and one all-age school.

The project is being implemented by the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF), through funding from the Petro Caribe Fund.

The programme, which began in January, 2012, is scheduled to end in December 2015.