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PM convenes special Ebola meeting

Published:Wednesday | October 1, 2014 | 8:09 PM

Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller on Wednesday afternoon convened a special meeting to assess the threat of the Ebola virus.

A media release from the Office of the Prime Minister says the health ministry told the meeting at Jamaica House that it has heightened surveillance at all ports of entry and health facilities.

It says this includes assigning additional staff to screen and assess passengers who have travelled to countries affected by the Ebola virus.

The Ministry is also to distribute health warning messages at all ports of entry.

In addition, the health ministry told the meeting a special treatment centre has been established and all hospitals have identified isolation rooms.

A first round of training for senior health workers has also been conducted and training of other health care workers is to continue.

Meanwhile, the meeting was also used to assess the Government’s response to the outbreak of the Chikungunya virus.

The Office of the prime Minister says as part of the national response, additional funds have been earmarked to accelerate the clean-up efforts across the island.

And the government is reiterating that Chikungunya is a mosquito borne virus and everyone is encouraged to assist in the effort by keeping their surroundings free of mosquito breeding sites.