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Western heath facilities continue to suffer from water theft, Ministry unable to employ additional security

Published:Saturday | July 25, 2015 | 12:00 AM

Another appeal has been made to residents in several western parishes to stop stealing trucked water from the various public health centres in the parishes.

The latest appeal by Health Minister Dr Fenton Ferguson comes weeks after the Western Regional Health Authority (WRHA) revealed that water theft was threatening its ability to keep a number of primary health care facilities open.

The WRHA says because of the severe drought conditions 42 per cent of the type 5, 4 and 3 health facilities in Trelawny, St James, Hanover and Westmoreland do not have consistent water supply and are forced to truck the scarce commodity.

However, the authority says the problem at these health centres is compounded by the practise of some residents to steal the water, mainly on weekends.

In a statement yesterday Dr Ferguson said his ministry is unable to employ additional security measures at these facilities and called on residents to act in good conscience and discontinue this practice.

He says residents must see it as their duty to protect the service delivered by these health centres.