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$500 million allocated for chik-V and Ebola response

Published:Thursday | October 9, 2014 | 12:30 PM

Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller says the Government has now allocated $500 million for the national health emergency response.

At a press conference at Jamaica House this morning, Simpson Miller said the money would help towards the chikungunya response and Ebola preparations.

The Government had first announced a $150 million allocation while the local Government Minister had said the National Solid Waste Management Authority would get $140 million to help to clear the garbage backlog.

The Prime Minister says the country’s emergency systems have been activated.

She says there is to be increased border patrol in light of the Ebola outbreak.

Simpson Miller says this will be led by the Jamaica Defence Force which is charged with ensuring there is no illegal entry by persons.

Surveillance is also to be stepped up at the ports of entry.

Simpson Miller says an isolation facility has also been identified just in case Jamaica has any Ebola cases, but she declined to disclose the location for security reasons.

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