The Agreement, provides for the allocation of US250,000 of grant resources which are available for the Special Programme for Employment, Poverty Reduction and Social Development in Support of the Millennium Development Goals.
This support will improve our national surveillance systems, establish an institutional coordination mechanism, develop strategies and implement specific actions to prepare for the potential threat of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) and control the current outbreak of the Chikungunya Virus (CHIKV).
“The Government of Jamaica recognises and appreciates IDB’s continuous support for the Government’s social programmes, and in particular, this grant, which will strengthen the public health capacity within the Ministry of Health, to prevent and control the spread of infectious diseases, with principal focus of ChikV and EVD,” Minister of Finance and Planning, Peter Phillips said at today’s Signing Ceremony.
The Executing Agency for the grant is the Ministry of Health and this will also provide needed support to the development and implementation of a communication strategy and public education programme. The grant will also facilitate the continuation of the programme already underway and supports the establishment of Emergency Response Centers which includes, training of rapid response teams, supply of protective gears, equipment and materials for the emergency response centres.
Minister Fenton Ferguson said, “He was happy for the support received from the IDB of the programme geared towards the reduction of spread of the Chikungunya Virus and also to bolster the island’s preparedness in the event of an Ebola outbreak.”
Chikungunya is a viral disease spread by mosquitoes that causes fever and severe joint pains. It is spread to humans by the bite of an infected mosquito. The Ebola virus is an infectious and generally fatal disease whose normal host species is unknown.
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