Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller has directed that no MP or other government officials, are to travel to those parts of West Africa affected by the current Ebola outbreak.

The outbreak has so far claimed 4,500 lives.

Mrs. Simpson Miller gave the directive at a special meeting of MPs and local government representatives today at Jamaica House.

Prime Minister Simpson Miller convened today’s extraordinary meeting as global fears grow about the spread of the Ebola virus that’s now entered the United States.

The outbreak of the mosquito-borne chikungunya virus was also high on today’s agenda.

The Prime Minister has banned MPs from travelling to the three West African countries – Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone – that are batting Ebola.

The ban seems to be broadly supported by MPs who say it’s a risk the country cannot afford.

Mrs. Simpson Miller says she believes today’s meeting was excellent.

She says the government is doing its best to deal with any case of Ebola.

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Meanwhile, MPs will each receive an allocation of 2-million dollars as the fight to contain the Chik-V outbreak intensifies.

The money is to go towards the clean up of their constituencies, with particular focus on destroying mosquito-breeding sites.

Today’s meeting was also attended by members of the government’s National Response Team.

Acting Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Marion Bullock Ducasse and Acting Director General of the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management, ODPEM, Richard Thompson, were in attendance.

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