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J’can Govt. defends spending $4m to deport Abu Bakr

The Jamaican government is defending the almost $4 m spent for a private plane to take Muslim leader Yasin Abu Bakr home.

The leader of the Jamaat Al Muslimeen group was flown back to Trinidad yesterday (October 16) morning after arriving the day before and was denied entry into Jamaica in the interest of national security. 

Acting Permanent Secretary in the National Security Ministry Karen Clarke-Davis says Abu Bakr was that of a threat to national security that a decision had to be taken to get him out of the country immediately.

Alpha Primary student is latest Chik V related death victim

Ten year old Alpha Primary School student Akaliah Anderson is the latest Chikungunya virus related death in the country.

A statement from the Education Ministry this afternoon (October 17) says young Akaliah, had reported to school for only the first day, Monday September 1, after which the girl reportedly presented with symptoms of the Chikungunya virus.

The ministry says after being absent from school for some time, it was reported that her condition had not improved after which she was subsequently admitted to the hospital. 

High risk people urged to continue medication, even if have Chik V

In light of recent Chik-v related deaths, persons with pre-existing chronic illnesses are being advised to continue taking their regular medication unless otherwise advised by their doctor.

Persons with pre-existing health conditions are at higher risk of complications from the Chikungunya virus which may, or may not, result in death.

At least 7 people have died so far, from Chik-V related symptoms, which complicated a previous medical condition. 

Ebola temperature scanners installed at airports

Government has acquired temperature scanners to monitor arrivals at the nation’s two main airports.

The temperature scanners where handed over by Acting Chief Medical Officer Dr. Marion Bullock-Ducasse to medical personnel at the Norman Manley International Airport this afternoon (October 17).

The four scanners, which were donated by the husband of Prime Minster Portia Simpson Miller, are estimated to cost some US $500 each and can scan temperature from a distance within a matter of seconds.

Hoteliers preparing for any possible Ebola case

The Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA) says it has been doing its part, to raise awareness among hotel workers on the deadly Ebola virus.

The association says for a month now, it has been boosting its preparedness mechanism, and ensuring that workers are updated on what to do, should the Ebola virus reach our shores.

Just two days ago, an American tourist who visited Liberia within the last two weeks, was allowed into the island.

Alleged suspect in CHEC killings shot dead by police

A 23-year-old man was reportedly shot and killed during an alleged shootout with the police in Allman Town, Kingston this morning (October 17).  

Dead is Shamar Solomon otherwise called 'Pretty Pants' of Spanish Town St. Catherine.

Police say the incident took place Sarah Street in Downtown, Kingston.

There are unconfirmed reports that the deceased is linked to the shooting murder of four men transporting a payroll to the Caymanas to Bog Walk leg of the highway on Sunday, October 12. 

Government Foots Deportation Bill

The Jamaican government has admitted that it paid US $36,000.00 or about $4 million Jamaican for a private plane to take leader of the Jamaat Al Muslimeen back to Trinidad.

Yasin Abu Bakr was flown back to Trinidad yesterday morning after arriving the day before. 

The Jamaican authorities said he was denied entry to Jamaica in the interest of National Security.

It was first revealed in the Trinidad media that their government had denied the request to pay the fees to hire the aircraft to transport Abu Bakr home.

CHEC Security Measures

New security measures have been announced for the various sites of the North/South Highway being constructed by China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC).

This comes on the heels of the murder of 4 men transporting a payroll to the Caymanas to Bog Walk leg of the Highway On Sunday, October 12.

Minister of Transport, Works & Housing, Dr. Omar Davies visited the site yesterday where the men were killed.

A meeting was then held among Dr Davies, The Police, MP for the area, Natalie Neita-Headley and members of CHEC.

Autopsy Not Complete

The result of the post mortem on the body of 4-year-old, Devonise Garwood is pending, as more tests are to be carried-out.

Its suspected that the St Thomas girl died from food poisoning, after she and her family consumed food from a restaurant in Morant Bay, St Thomas.

Acting Commanding Officer for St Thomas, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Charmaine Shand, says blood samples, and some organs were sent to the government forensic laboratory for testing.

The St Thomas Health Department has closed the restaurant.

Healthcare Workers Ebola Concerns

Two categories of healthcare workers are expressing concern about the level of training they are receiving, in relation to The Ebola Virus.

President of the Nurses Association of Jamaica (NAJ), Janet Coore-Farr says, nurses do not believe the training, which they have been receiving, is enough.

Mrs. Coore-Farr says communication to the nurses, in relation to The Ebola Virus, needs to be improved.

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