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More money for chik-V fight

Published:Friday | October 3, 2014 | 9:04 AM

The Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) is reporting that the government has allocated an additional $150 million to fund Jamaica's response to the chikungunya virus.

The response includes a clean-up campaign aimed at destroying and removing mosquito breeding sites.

Following a ministerial meeting on Wednesday, the Local Government Minister, Noel Arscott, said also said $140 million had been set aside for Jamaica's public cleansing agency, the National Solid Waste Management Authority.

Earlier yesterday, Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller held a technical meeting with some of some of the key Government agencies involved in the ongoing chik-V response.

The OPM said, during the meeting, Simpson Miller mandated those involved to be thorough and consistent in the planning, implementation and public communication of the ongoing national response.

Meanwhile, Jamaica’s National Emergency Response Team has been activated to coordinate and support the response to the Chikungunya outbreak.

The National Emergency Response Team, which is headed by Simpson Miller, involves representatives from key ministries, agencies and non-government stakeholders with the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management having a lead role in coordination and implementation.

The OPM says the activation of the National Emergency Response Team will also provide a management framework for Jamaica’s response action in respect of other communicable diseases including Ebola.


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