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  • Health Minister, Dr. the Hon. Fenton Ferguson, says his Ministry is partnering with the Ministry of Tourism on the ongoing sensitization of residents in resort areas on the Chikungunya Virus (Chik-V).
  • He told JIS News that the sensitization drive, which is well underway, is being supported by the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF), which has contributed $100 million to the Government’s Chik-V response.
  • He noted that the collaboration is part of a “joined-up Government approach” in the fight against Chik-V.

Health Minister, Dr. the Hon. Fenton Ferguson, says his Ministry is partnering with the Ministry of Tourism on the ongoing sensitization of residents in resort areas on the Chikungunya Virus (Chik-V).

He told JIS News that the sensitization drive, which is well underway, is being supported by the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF), which has contributed $100 million to the Government’s Chik-V response.

“The health staff has been in dialogue with the tourism sector in terms of sensitization. The Tourism Enhancement Fund has also made a provision of $100 million towards what is taking place overall…the clean-up and spraying that (the Ministry) has been doing,” he said.

He noted that the collaboration is part of a “joined-up Government approach” in the fight against Chik-V. He hailed the private sector entities that have also made contributions.

Dr. Ferguson said the Ministry will continue measures to contain the spread of Chik-V and eradicate the disease, even while preparations for Ebola move into high gear.

“Chik-V is not over yet and therefore, while we are preparing for the Ebola response, we are not taking our eyes of the Chik-V spread,” he noted.

Last Friday, November 7, Minister Ferguson conducted his second tour of the temporary Ebola holding area at the Cornwall Regional Hospital, as well as the permanent quarantine and treatment facility, which is being constructed. The first tour was on October 29.

He expressed satisfaction with the progress of work and the level of Ebola preparedness at the hospital.

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