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  • Most Members of Parliament (MPs) have submitted their work programmes under the Chik-V National Integrated Vector Control / Clean-Up Programme.
  • According to the Committee, 55 of the 63 MPs submitted their work programmes and of that number, 52 were already approved and underway.
  • 50% advance payments for all approved work programmes have already been made.

The National Health Emergency Response Monitoring Committee is reporting that to date, most Members of Parliament (MPs) have submitted their work programmes under the Chik-V National Integrated Vector Control / Clean-Up Programme.

According to the Committee, 55 of the 63 MPs submitted their work programmes and of that number, 52 were already approved and underway. The Clean Up Programme, which was announced by Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller in October 2014, involves the clean-up of communities and an integrated vector control programme, specifically geared at reducing the breeding sites of the Aedes Aegypti mosquito, which transmits Chik-V.

Chair of the National Health Emergency Response Monitoring Committee, Senator Sandrea Falconer, has advised that 50% advance payments for all approved work programmes have already been made. “These payments have already been forwarded to Parish Councils and the implementing agencies chosen to carry out the work on behalf MPs,” she said.

Senator Falconer further advised that the deadline date for the submission of work programmes by the remaining MPs was been extended to Friday, December 19.

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.

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