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JAMAICA | PNP wants gov't to fund Councils to fight COVID-19

  • Written by Calvin G. Brown -Wiredja.com
  • Published in Health
Featured Shadow Minister of Transport and Works, Mr. Mikael Phillips Shadow Minister of Transport and Works, Mr. Mikael Phillips
KINGSTON, Jamaica, March 16, 2020: Opposition Shadow Minister of Transport and Works, and Member of Parliament of North West Manchester, Mr. Mikael Phillips, is urging the government to use its emergency procurement powers to provide funding to the Municipal Councils across the island so that communities facing drought conditions, in light of the imminent national threat of the coronavirus, can be assisted.

“As has been done in the past, the government can use the emergency procurement powers to fast-track funding to the councils to help in slowing the spread of Covid-19 virus as the current arrangement is not conducive to the emergency facing the country.”

"Many communities in the constituency of Manchester North West and the parish of Manchester are facing drought conditions, but a release of funds to the councils can mitigate the situation and bring relief to the people, he said.

Phillips said, it is most important to heed the advice of the Ministry of Health that hand washing and the drinking of liquids are integral in slowing the spread of the virus.  He said without an adequate and reliable supply of water, the people will be unable to comply with the advice from health officials. He said that in previous situations of brought, the NWC’s Rapid Response Unit would have provided such relief to communities.

In light of the uncertainty and continuation of the drought, the government should consider re-instating a Rapid Response Unit to supply water to communities affected by drought and/or other adverse conditions.

Mr. Phillips reaffirmed that all Members of Parliament and caretakers have expressed a willingness to lend their specific areas of expertise to the national effort. 

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  • Countries: Jamaica