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  • Security at the Negril Health Centre in Westmoreland will be stepped up immediately, to combat the spate of break-ins which the facility has been experiencing.
  • The most recent break in on March 17 was the second since the start of the year.
  • A number of measures have been agreed on, which should deter the criminals.

Security at the Negril Health Centre in Westmoreland will be stepped up immediately, to combat the spate of break-ins which the facility has been experiencing.

Making the announcement after a meeting with representatives from the Western Regional Health Authority, and the Westmoreland police in Savanna-La-Mar, on the weekend, Minister of State in the Office of the Prime Minister, Hon. Luther Buchanan noted that the most recent break in on March 17 was the second since the start of the year.

Mr. Buchanan told JIS News following a tour of the Negril Health Centre, that he had assured the staff of the full support of the Ministry of Health, which is “serious about protecting them and their work area at all cost”.

“Today’s visit to the Negril Health Centre is as a result of the decade-long problems that exist in terms of criminal elements trying to deprive the clients and citizens of Negril and adjoining districts of excellent health care,” Minister Buchanan noted.

He informed that a number of measures have been agreed on, which should deter the criminals.

“There has been a commitment (that) the relationship between both will be significantly improved and this will facilitate and foster better working relations, and also tighter security at the centre,” he added.

One of the main areas to be addressed is perimeter fencing, which will be extensively repaired and equipped with the necessary hi-tech systems, in order to secure the compound.

As part of the new security package for the Negril Health Centre, the police have made a commitment to conduct security surveys of the property, and provide ongoing guidance on strategies for the best and most efficient security measures.