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The Ministry of Labour and Social Security staged its final Programme for Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH) Day at the Fletchers Land Community Centre, downtown Kingston, on Wednesday (August 18).
This followed similar activities in Tivoli Gardens, Denham Town and Hannah Town, and is being undertaken to provide assistance to families in need of social support, following the recent interventions by the security forces in West Kingston.
Minister of State in the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Andrew Gallimore, urged the residents to take full advantage of the services being offered.
“What I want to urge you to do is to take full advantage of this visit, because I looked and I don’t think a visit like this happens on a regular basis within the community, and there are many good things that can come from this visit,” Mr. Gallimore said.
He thanked the various Government agencies for participating in the four PATH Day activities.
Director of the National Insurance Scheme (NIS), Mr. Denzil Thorpe, noted that domestic workers are not covered under the Maternity Leave Act, for example, and urged the citizens to contribute to the NIS so that they could benefit from the various initiatives under that programme.
“If a domestic worker contributes $50 week and if that worker gets pregnant, the NIS will pay a maternity allowance. We will pay one lump sum payment covering eight weeks at minimum wage,” Mr. Thorpe explained.
Several Government agencies and programmes collaborated with the Ministry in staging the session. The Centre was transformed into a ‘one-stop-shop’, where booths were set up showcasing a wide range of services.
Persons were able to apply for birth certificates from the Registrar-General’s Department (RGD), as well as register for assistance from PATH, the National Council for Senior Citizens, and the NIS.
Other partnering agencies present were: Taxpayers’ Registration Number (TRN) office; Steps-to-Work programme; Jamaica Council for Persons with Disabilities; National Youth Service; Jamaican Foundation for Life Long Learning; and the Jamaica Constabulary Force.

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