Opposition Spokesperson for Local Government, Natalie Neita is calling for the full mobilisation of local authorities in response to COVID-19.

Ms. Neita says her call comes against the confusion and panic created by the lockdown of St. Catherine without adequate preparation.

She says the Local Government authorities are critical towards any successful implementation of COVID-19 strategies for controlling the community spread of the virus.

But Ms. Neita claims the local authorities have not been engaged in this way.

She’s calling for the Minister of Local Government to strategically coordinate and mobilize a COVID-19 sensitization plan.

She says this should include the Parish Disaster Management Committees, the Social Development Commission and the Poor Relief Services for the over 785 communities throughout the island with emphasis on rural Jamaica.

Ms. Neita says the Minister of Local Government must ensure that every Parish Disaster Committee is meeting, equipped and activated to rigorously play an integral role in assisting with getting resources to Jamaicans.

She’s suggesting that the shelter sites across constituencies could also be used as food drop off points.

Natalie Neita, Opposition Spokesperson for Local Government.