Health and Wellness Minister Dr. Christopher Tufton is warning that Jamaica could face a triple threat of Dengue, Covid-19, and an active hurricane season.
Chairman of the National Disaster Risk Management Council, Prime Minister Andrew Holness has charged members of the committee to put measures in place to weather an above-normal Atlantic Hurricane Season during the pandemic.
They were addressing a virtual meeting of the National Disaster Risk Management Council at the Office of the Prime Minister today.
Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton is hoping for the best but preparing for the worst.
He notes that training and recruitment of community health aides is now being undertaken, in addition to, other health and safety measures.
Prime Minister Holness notes that experts are predicting an active 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season even as the region continues to grapple with COVID 19.
So far, Arthur and Bertha have been named.
As a result, Prime Minister Holness who Chairs the National Disaster Risk Management Council noted that all committees in place for the covid 19 response remain on high alert for the hurricane season.
He says the government is moving to strengthen the capacities of the municipal corporations given the COVID 19 measures of social distancing and the impact of the virus on the most vulnerable.
Mr Holness is also recommending additional training for shelter managers in light of the pandemic.
He says this will be crucial in dealing with persons seeking shelter while being mindful of the covid 19 preventative measures.