In keeping with Cabinet’s approval for step-up activities to curtail the current dengue outbreak, Minister of Health & Wellness, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton will unveil plans on Wednesday, (January 15) for a National Dengue Clean Up later this month.
Dr. Tufton earlier said that “given the intensity of this dengue outbreak, I have sought and received Cabinet’s approval to enhance our intervention. This intervention will see One Billion Dollar enhanced intervention, which includes the establishment of a National Dengue Coordination Committee, as we seek to include a multi-sectoral/agency response with key Ministries, Agencies and Departments called into action.”
The detailed plan for the clean-up will be announced at the Post Cabinet Press Briefing at Jamaica House.
The activities surrounding the National Dengue Clean Up are being led in conjunction with the National Labour Day Secretariat in the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, chaired by the Hon. Olivia Grange. “The National Committee has had several meetings and our plans are far advanced for the clean-up activity. We are making final plans and activation to ensure that all Jamaicans are called into action to participate, whether they are in school, at work home or in the community. We look forward to a successful clean up activity,” Minister Grange noted.
“The Ministry of Local Government and Community Development and its agencies are fully committed to working with the Health & Wellness Ministry and other state entities, to ensure a successful clean up. We are already laying the foundation for this, through the National Solid Waste Management Authority, which has begun community interventions, added Minister of Local Government & Community Development, the Hon. Desmond McKenzie.