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ZIKV preparedness training begins for 300 community health workers

Published:Tuesday | December 15, 2015 | 3:21 PM

The first batch of community health workers who are to be used as part of the Government’s Zika Virus (ZIKV) preparedness activities begin training today.

The Ministry of Health says a sensitisation session is being held for 300 workers at the Jamaica Conference Centre in downtown Kingston. 

The ministry says the workers will subsequently be deployed to the South East Regional Health Authority, which covers St Catherine, St Thomas and Kingston and St Andrew.

It says following today’s training, parish health departments will host two-day training sessions in each parish for other workers.

The health ministry has recruited 1,000 young people who are to be trained as community health workers.

The ministry has previously stated that these workers will be deployed to areas across the island to identity and destroy mosquito breeding sites.

The ministry has been heightening its vector control activities and public education programme as it seeks to prepare the country for the possible introduction of the Zika Virus in Jamaica.