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  • Minister of Information, Senator Sandrea Falconer has said that contrary to some media reports, there is no allocation of funds according to Parish Council Divisions.
  • $70 million is available to fund cleanup activities presented by Parish Councils.
  • A work programme detailing the activities identified by each Parish Council must be submitted to the Coordinating Team and must be in keeping with Ministry of Health’s mapping of high risk mosquito breeding areas.

Chairperson of the Team which is monitoring the national health emergency vector control clean-up campaign, Minister of Information, Senator Sandrea Falconer has said that contrary to some media reports, there is no allocation of funds according to Parish Council Divisions. As such, there is no allocation to individual Councillors.

She has reiterated that $70 million is available to fund cleanup activities presented by Parish Councils. This allocation makes a provision of $5 million per parish. A work programme detailing the activities identified by each Parish Council must be submitted to the Coordinating Team and must be in keeping with Ministry of Health’s mapping of high risk mosquito breeding areas. The programme of emergency clean-up is coordinated by a team involving: the Ministry of Health; the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management; the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF); the JEEP Secretariat; and the Ministry of Finance and Planning.

Logistics Coordination is led by Colonel Daniel Pryce of the JDF, while administrative arrangements, including project registration and the processing of payments, are being spearheaded by Mrs. Lucille Brodber of the JEEP Secretariat.

In addition to projects proposed by Parish Councils, each Member of Parliament (MP) can submit up to the amount of $2 million, cleanup activities designed to destroy mosquito breeding sites in their constituencies. Activities submitted by MPs to the Coordinating Team must also be accompanied by written work programmes and must also receive the approval of the Ministry of Health as fitting within the Ministry’s assessment of effective vector control activities and their mapping of high risk mosquito breeding areas.

Minister Falconer has pointed out that strict instructions have been given by Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller that activities under the programme are to be free from political considerations and that while participating in these cleanup activities, persons should not to be wearing clothing with party political messages.

Addressing Members of Parliament and Mayors during a meeting at Jamaica House on Tuesday, October 14, Prime Minister Simpson Miller said that $500 million of State resources has been provided to address some critical areas of the national health emergency response. The objective, she said, is to reduce mosquito breeding sites starting with the worst affected areas as indicated by the mapping that has been done by the Ministry of Health.

The allocation is as follows: $150 million to meet some critical emergency needs of the Ministry of Health; $70 million for Parish Councils – $5 million per parish; $126 million for activities led by Members of Parliament – $2 million per constituency; and the remaining 154 million dollars will be utilized for additional clean-up and vector control activities based on reports from the Ministry of Health in consultation with other stakeholders.

These amounts are in addition to $131 million which has been provided from the Consolidated Fund to the National Solid Waste Management Authority to deal with the backlog in the collection of garbage.