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Special CARICOM conference on Ebola and Chikungunya for Trinidad this week

Published:Tuesday | November 4, 2014 | 12:00 AM
File Prime Minister of Trinidad & Tobago, Kamla Persad-Bissessar.

Special CARICOM conference on Ebola and Chikungunya for Trinidad today

GEORGETOWN (CMC):

The 17th Special Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) will be held in Trinidad and Tobago today to discuss the global virus, Ebola, as well as Chikungunya.

The primary purpose of the meeting is to review action being taken regarding the current challenging public health issues facing the CARICOM region, namely the Ebola virus and chikungunya, and to agree on a way forward.

In September, Trinidad and Tobago's Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar called for the special meeting of CARICOM to discuss the public health issues.

The call was reiterated by Prime Minister Dr Denzil Douglas of St Kitts and Nevis, the lead head of

government for HIV/AIDS within CARICOM.

At the upcoming meeting, CARICOM Heads will also seek to arrive at a consensus with regard to the CARICOM candidate for the post of Commonwealth secretary

general.