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Ferguson begs residents to stop stealing water from health facilities in western Jamaica

Published:Friday | July 24, 2015 | 7:09 AM
Ferguson ... the Health Ministry cannot afford additional security services to address the problem. Residents must see it as their duty to protect the services delivered by health centres and encourage others to do the same.

The health minister, Dr. Fenton Ferguson is making another call for residents in western Jamaica to stop stealing water from health facilities.

The Western Regional Health Authority (WRHA) had made first made the appeal saying the theft was threatening the delivery of health services.

According to Ferguson, the Health Ministry cannot afford to hire additional security services to address the problem.

He says communities must therefore act in good conscience and stop stealing water from health facilities.

Ferguson says residents must see it as their duty to protect the services delivered by health centres and encourage others to do the same.

Two weeks ago, Ferguson issued a national appeal for measures to be instituted in the various health regions to cope with the prevailing drought and the restrictions imposed by the National Water Commission.

Days later, the WRHA, which presides over public health facilities in the parishes of Trelawny, St James, Hanover and Westmoreland, stepped up the delivery of water to the 84 health centres in the region.

But the authority says it is challenging to keep primary health facilities open, because of the level of water theft being experienced.