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PM chairs inter-ministerial meeting on ZIKA and H1N1 response

Published:Thursday | March 31, 2016 | 3:05 PM
Prime Minister Andrew Holness.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness this morning chaired an inter-ministerial meeting at Jamaica House to strengthen the coordination and continued implementation of responses to the Zika Virus and influenza H1N1.  

The meeting was attended by ministers and senior officials from the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) and the Ministries of Health, Local Government, and Tourism.

The OPM says the inter-ministerial approach is aimed at streamlining the Government’s ZIKV and H1N1 response efforts in a more strategic, comprehensive and systematic way. 

According to the OPM, facilitating closer collaboration across key response agencies and more strategic rationalisation and use of the resources available will significantly enhance the Government’s efforts at controlling the vector that transmits the Zika Virus and combatting H1N1.

It says while having more resources available to facilitate the Government’s response efforts is important, better coordination of the work of the respective response agencies and more strategic use of those resources is also critical to realizing the desired outcomes. 

The government is again urging that citizens be vigilant and proactive by ensuring that items in and around their homes and communities that may serve as mosquito breeding sites are removed.

Jamaica has recorded six cases of the Zika Virus.

There have been 69 confirmed cases of H1N1.