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All infirmaries to get CCTV cameras in next two years

Published:Friday | November 23, 2018 | 9:19 AM
Minister of Local Government and Community Development Desmond McKenzie addresses attendees at the inaugural Youth Mayors’ Forum, held at the Clarendon Municipal Corporation in May Pen on November 22, 2018. Looking on is the youth mayor of May Pen, Daniel Burke. - Contributed photo.

All infirmaries across the island will be outfitted with closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras, Minister of Local Government and Community Development Desmond McKenzie has disclosed.

Speaking at the inaugural Youth Mayors’ Forum, held at the Clarendon Municipal Corporation in May Pen on November 22, McKenzie said that the cameras should be in place at all infirmaries by the end of 2020, adding, "The one we started in Hanover is not a one-off situation… . It is going to become a permanent feature."

The forum was held as part of the activities to commemorate Local Government and Community Development Month, celebrated in November.

In keeping with the theme, ‘Protecting the Vulnerable… Establishing Hope through Local Governance’, youth mayors from across the country presented their concerns and recommendations to the minister on the state of infirmaries.

Among the many recommendations made was the 24-hour protection and surveillance of infirmaries, along with professional training of infirmary staff.

“In a bill that was tabled recently, the decision [was] made already that in order for you to be employed at a certain level within the service, you have to ensure that you can acquire the requisite qualifications to deliver service to those who are in the care of the State,” McKenzie said in response to the recommendation for training.

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