$350 million to be provided for Enhanced Vector Control Programme

Additional financing of $350 million is to be provided for the Enhanced Vector Control Programme to increase public relations activities and to coordinate the capacity for strengthened national response.

Health and Wellness Minister Dr Christopher Tufton
Health and Wellness Minister Dr Christopher Tufton

“The National Health Fund is providing additional financing… This is to support the dengue outbreak response that is projected to run until December 2019,” Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr Christopher Tufton, said during a statement to the House of Representatives on October 8.

The funds are to be allocated to temporary worker employment, $189.5 million; source reduction (bulky waste removal), $120 million; public education campaign, $30 million; and vector control intervention (including drum covers), $10 million.

Tufton said that Jamaica is currently experiencing an outbreak of dengue fever. He informed that as at September 30, 2019, the number of suspected, probable and confirmed cases is 5,909.