The Ministry of Health and Wellness has so far spent $3.8 billion on efforts to contain the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).
Portfolio Minister, Dr. Christopher Tufton, made the disclosure during his contribution to the 2020/21 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on Tuesday, July 7.
A total of just under $6 billion has, to date, been budgeted for the Ministry of Health and Wellness for its response efforts.
“We have also leveraged a joined-up government approach to the pandemic, while mobilising the support of the people of Jamaica to help to protect us all from the COVID-19 risk, including the provision of some $775 million in financial support to our health authorities to help meet the needs associated with the response efforts,” Dr. Tufton said.
He also informed that $89 million has been spent on infrastructural upgrades, including equipping hospitals with an additional 63 intensive care and high-dependency units.