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Security to be beefed up at Negril Health Centre

Saturday, March 29, 2014    

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SECURITY at the Negril Health Centre in Westmoreland has been stepped up to combat the spate of break-ins which the facility has been experiencing.

Making the announcement after a meeting with representatives from the Western Regional Health Authority and the Westmoreland police in Savanna-La-Mar, minister of state in the Office of the Prime Minister Luther Buchanan reported that the most recent break-in took place on March 17.

Buchanan told JIS News, following a tour of the health centre, that he had assured the staff of the full support of the Ministry of Health, which is serious about protecting them and their work area at all cost.

"Today's visit to the Negril Health Centre is as a result of the decade-long problems that exist in terms of criminal elements trying to deprive the clients and citizens of Negril and adjoining districts of excellent health care," Buchanan noted.

He added that a number of measures have been agreed on which should deter the criminals, but did not go into details.

"There has been a commitment (that) the relationship between both will be significantly improved and this will facilitate and foster better working relations, and also tighter security at the centre," he added.

One of the main areas to be addressed is perimeter fencing, which will be extensively repaired and equipped with the necessary hi-tech systems, in order to secure the compound.

As part of the new security arrangements, the police are to conduct security surveys of the property and provide ongoing guidance on strategies for the best and most efficient security measures.

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