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Chik V & Production

Government has acknowledged that the outbreak of Chik V is having an effect on the productive sector and called for individual responsibility in fighting the mosquito borne disease.

At the same time, The Minister of Health says an emergency response plan will be put in place as a result of the impact of the virus on the productive sector.

As reports continue that the virus is spreading, large numbers of people including teachers and students have been coming down with symptoms  of Chik V that are similar to those for Dengue Fever and The Flu.

Chik V Strategy

Minister of Health, Dr Fenton Ferguson has sought to assure Jamaicans that extensive work is being done to reduce the number of Chikungunya cases across Jamaica, especially the most vulnerable areas.  

The Minister gave the assurance during a National Broadcast last evening.

Passing Tests Creates Stability

Finance Minister, Dr. Peter Phillips says passing The International Monetary Fund (IMF) tests, creates stability in the Jamaican economy.

He says passing the tests means that Jamaica is meeting its targets in instituting key economic reforms, enabling the country to drawdown on funds to promote growth and employment.

Speaking in an interview with JIS news, Dr. Phillips acknowledges that there are difficulties, but he states that if Jamaica was not passing these tests, life would be tremendously worse here.

Support For Early Childhood Nutrition

The Ministry of Education will begin providing increased nutritional support to the early childhood sector, next week.

Education Minister, Reverend Ronald Thwaites says the nutrition initiative will be administered by the company, Nutrition Products Limited, with special emphasis for children whose families are on the Programme of Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH).

Issa Trust Foundation Health Fair

Over 100 children from St. Mary have already benefitted from free health services offered by a US-based health mission.

The health mission is hosted by the Issa Trust Foundation, which has been staging the annual health fair for over 10 years.

The team of over 43 volunteers include medical doctors, paediatricians, pharmacists, intensive care physicians, neonatologists, and respiratory therapists.

Three cops charged in relation to Mario Deane death granted bail

The three cops (two females and a male) charged in connection with the murder of 31 year old Mario Deane were granted bail when they appeared in the Montego Bay RM Court this morning (September 26).

Charged are 47-year-old Woman Corporal Elaine Stewart, 29-year-old District Constable Juliana Clevon and 24-year-old District Constable Marlon Grant.

The officers were granted bail in the sum of $400,000 with one or two sureties.

All three cops have been charged with manslaughter, misconduct in a public office and attempting to pervert the course of justice.

Police Federation supports accused cops in Mario Deane case

The Police Federation says it is giving its full support to the three police officers charged in the death of Mario Deane. Head of the Police Federation, Sergeant Raymond Wilson says its members are positive their colleagues will be freed of the charges. 

A large number of police personnel were on hand to lend support to their accused colleagues, who appeared in the Montego Bay RM Court this morning (September 26).

The Federation says it has retained two attorneys to represent the accused cops.

Irwin rape suspect to be questioned

The man police say they now have reason to believe was responsible for the rape of 5 females in Irwin Point St. James 2 years ago, is to be questioned next week.

Recent DNA test results have linked alleged serial rapist Patrick Green, also known as Bugsie, German and Old File, to the Irwin incident.

Patrick Green, who hails from Retirement District in St. James was arrested and charged, in February in connection to several other similar incidents.

Funds allocated to boost fight against Chik V

Monies are to be allocated to the Parish Councils to assist in drain cleaning to fight the spread of the Chikugunya Virus.

This information came out during the Inter-ministerial meeting held this afternoon (September 26) between the Ministry of Health and other government agencies.

The drain cleaning will be targeting only those drains that have been identified as mosquito breeding sites and not all the drains in the council.

Camperdown High student dies after hitting head

The Camperdown High school family in Kingston has been plunged into mourning after a 6th form student fell and hit his head at his home and died yesterday (September 25).  

He has been identified as Sheckton Gordon.  

Principal of the institution Valentine Bailey says Gordon was ill at home for a while when reports emerged that the young man was at home taking a shower yesterday morning when he fell and hit his head.

He says the school population is in shock, especially his classmates in grade 13. Classes were not held for them

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