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More than 16,000 volunteers are trained and available to respond in the aftermath of a hurricane disaster.
Prime Minister Bruce Golding received this briefing during a recent meeting of the multi agency National Disaster Committee which he chairs. Mr. Golding was informed that more Jamaicans have put themselves forward as volunteers following the Haiti earthquake of five months ago.
This number includes some 15,000 trained by the Ministry of Health and the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO); 407 rural-based members of the Jamaica Combined Cadet Force (JCCF) trained as Preparedness and Emergency Response Corps (PERC), volunteers from the Social Development Commission, Churches, including the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA), the Jamaica Red Cross and several NGOs.
Director of Emergency Disaster Management and Special Services in the Ministry of Health, Dr. Marion Bullock Ducasse, noted that the ministry had exceeded its volunteer training target and was now focussed on its safe hospital initiative. She said that immediate attention is being given to the Princess Margaret and the Kingston Public hospitals because of their proximities to the sea and the May Pen Hospital which has a flooding risk.