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  • Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, is encouraging Justices of the Peace (JPs), in St Ann, to educate persons in their communities about the Chikungunya (CHIK-V) and Ebola Viruses.
  • The Governor-General was addressing the JPs at a special meeting, held at The Jewel Paradise Cove Beach Resort and Spa, in Runaway Bay, on October 30.
  • The Governor-General noted that some persons are seeking to keep themselves informed.

Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, is encouraging Justices of the Peace (JPs), in St Ann, to educate persons in their communities about the Chikungunya (CHIK-V) and Ebola Viruses.

The Governor-General was addressing the JPs at a special meeting, held at The Jewel Paradise Cove Beach Resort and Spa, in Runaway Bay, on October 30.

“I am not sure you have kept abreast of the development here in Jamaica as we prepare to combat this (Ebola) epidemic, should it happen. But one thing for sure,  we must not panic. We can learn much from the experiences of other countries to stave off the worst of that disease,” he said.

The Governor-General noted that some persons are seeking to keep themselves informed.   “However, some might even be over informed about Chikungunya and Ebola, and might even be spreading their own versions of how to get the cure, but I would encourage all of us to pay close attention to the information coming out of the Ministry of Health and do your part to help the citizens to understand how best to protect themselves and their families,” he added.

Commenting on crime in the parish, he said that although the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) figures show an overall 19 per cent dip in serious crimes in St. Ann, there is an increase in murders, domestic violence and praedial larceny.

To combat crime, the Governor-General called on the JPs to work for  peace in their communities through community engagement, mentorship and co-operating with the police.

He also encouraged the JPs to develop a strong network with their fellow colleagues across the island and by so doing, enlarge their roles and missions as role models and not be among those hiding behind burglar bars, while criminals roam freely and terrorise communities at will.

“We must work together to restore peace, harmony, and dignity in our homeland,” he emphasised.

Two autobiographical books were presented to the Governor-General by authors, Dr. John McDowell, JP, and recipient of the 2012 Golden Jubilee Award for Excellence for the parish of St Ann, Mr. Leopold Williams, JP.