Western region gifted with nine fogging machines
The Western Regional Health Authority (WRHA) has received nine fogging machines from the Ministry of Tourism valued at $21 million.
These will be used in vector-control operations in Westmoreland, Hanover, St James, and Trelawny.
The machines, which were funded by the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF), were presented by portfolio minister Edmund Bartlett to WRHA Chairman Tony Hart, at the St James Health Centre in Montego Bay last week Friday.
Bartlett said the donation formed part of his ministry's commitment to assisting the health ministry in curtailing the spread of vector-borne diseases, such as the Zika virus.
Additionally, he said the provisions were part of a bigger partnership between the ministries, focusing on preserving Jamaica as a healthy and safe tourist destination.
"I am proud of what the Ministry of Health is doing with regard to winning this battle against Zika. We, as a destination, continue to be in the eyes of the world, at the forefront of efforts at preserving healthy destinations. The incidence of visitors coming to Jamaica and having problems with viruses are few and far between, and it is a credit to the health authorities of our country," the minister stated.
PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN MINISTRIES
Bartlett said he was "really driven" by the need to further strengthen the partnership between the ministries, including boosting arrangements at the regional health authority level.
"Our partnership goes beyond the presentation of gifts or even monetary contributions. It is based on a broader basis of securing destination Jamaica, of making our people healthier and creating an environment that is conducive to [creating] healthy experiences for our visitors," he said.
Bartlett urged stakeholders in both sectors to maintain their partnership in order to ensure that health remains a national priority.