ZOSOs Extended in Mount Salem and Denham Town

first_img The Zones of Special Operations (ZOSOs) in Mount Salem, St James; and Denham Town in West Kingston will be extended by a further 60 days. The House of Representatives on Tuesday (February 5), approved two Resolutions for the extensions, which were moved by Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness. In his remarks, Mr. Holness noted that ZOSOs are long-term in nature and are not designed to just have a reduction in crime for 60 days. Story Highlights The Zones of Special Operations (ZOSOs) in Mount Salem, St James; and Denham Town in West Kingston will be extended by a further 60 days.The House of Representatives on Tuesday (February 5), approved two Resolutions for the extensions, which were moved by Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness.In his remarks, Mr. Holness noted that ZOSOs are long-term in nature and are not designed to just have a reduction in crime for 60 days.“The intention is that these communities will develop the leadership, the institutions, and the general environment of peace… that infrastructure and other kinds of development will be brought to these communities,” he pointed out.Mr. Holness informed the Lower House that both communities are now in the build phase.“In that phase you would see more development activities, rather than security-based activities. In both communities, it is evident that the Government has expended significant resources to ensure that their infrastructure is improved,” he said.Mr. Holness noted that a $184-million infrastructure improvement project for Denham Town was lunched on January 31, 2019.“Where we are now focused in both communities is on developing the leadership… as well as economic enablement and empowerment, assisting with grants and small loans to ensure that micro businesses can start to flourish in these areas,” the Prime Minister said.In addition, he informed that work has begun in Mount Salem to regularise settlements “in terms of titling and ensuring that the settlement there is orderly”.“What we see in the community are some small lanes, tracks and irregular plots. All of that will be addressed in this phase,” Mr. Holness said.The Law Reform (Zones of Special Operations) (Special Security and Community Development Measures) Act gives the Prime Minister power to declare an area a ZOSO in order to tackle increased crime and volatility. This is in consultation with the National Security Council.The Zone can only be established after the Police Commissioner and the Chief of Defence Staff make a request for such a declaration in writing to the Prime Minister.last_img read more

Health and Wellness Ministry to Implement Salt Reduction Programme

first_img Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, says that as part of continuous measures to combat non-communicable diseases (NCDs), the Ministry will be implementing a National Salt Reduction Programme.Speaking at the opening of a two-day Regional Meeting on ‘Reduction of Salt for Prevention and Control of NCDs’ at the University of the West Indies in St. Andrew today (June 4), Dr. Tufton said the programme, which aims to “reduce blood pressure and associated cardiovascular diseases”, carries a $23-million budget.The Minister pointed out that the project will run for 18 months in partnership with the Caribbean Institute for Health Research (CAIHR), which organised the meeting.Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, addresses the opening of a two-day Regional Meeting on ‘Reduction of Salt for Prevention and Control of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs), today (June 4), at the University of the West Indies in St. Andrew. The meeting is organised by the Caribbean Institute for Health Research (CAIHR). He shared that across the Caribbean, persons are exceeding the World Health Organization (WHO) recommendation of daily intake of salt, which is less than 2,000 milligrams, with the consequence that “we are killing ourselves at an increasingly rapid rate”.The high-level meeting is intended to review actions to reduce salt and sodium in the food environment, and to facilitate the exchange of ideas and experiences among stakeholders. Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, says that as part of continuous measures to combat non-communicable diseases (NCDs), the Ministry will be implementing a National Salt Reduction Programme. “The project is to capture baseline data on salt consumption, as well as salt content in packages and restaurant foods,” Dr. Tufton said.He pointed out that the 2018 Investment Case for NCDs in Jamaica predicts that the economy stands to gain more than $77 billion over a 15-year period “from investing in a package of interventions for tobacco, alcohol, diabetes, and cardiovascular diseases”.Noting that the region has a blood pressure problem, the Minister said statistics show that many of the territories have similar issues with NCDs, and that countries must work together to tackle the problem.Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton (left), in discussion with the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)/World Health Organization (WHO) Representative in Jamaica, Dr. Bernadette Theodore-Gandhi, at the opening of a two-day Regional Meeting on ‘Reduction of Salt for Prevention and Control of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) today (June 4), at the University of the West Indies in St. Andrew. The meeting is organised by the Caribbean Institute for Health Research (CAIHR). Story Highlights The Minister pointed out that the project will run for 18 months in partnership with the Caribbean Institute for Health Research (CAIHR), which organised the meeting. Speaking at the opening of a two-day Regional Meeting on ‘Reduction of Salt for Prevention and Control of NCDs’ at the University of the West Indies in St. Andrew today (June 4), Dr. Tufton said the programme, which aims to “reduce blood pressure and associated cardiovascular diseases”, carries a $23-million budget.last_img read more