THE Authorities can be buying a genome sequencer that can be used to check samples to find out variants of viruses in Jamaica.
Prime Minister Andrew Holness says the Tradition, Well being, Arts, Sports activities and Schooling (CHASE) Fund will finance acquisition of the tools, with the requisite equipment and reagents.
He made the announcement throughout his 2021/22 price range debate presentation within the Home of Representatives on Thursday, underneath the theme ‘Restoration: Sooner, Stronger, Higher’.
Holness mentioned the tools is being acquired in mild of the prolonged time taken for Jamaica to obtain the outcomes of exams on samples despatched to a regional facility earlier this yr to find out whether or not the UK variant of the coronavirus was current within the island.
He famous that virus is consistently altering, resulting in the emergence of recent variants which will have completely different traits.
Holness indicated that since late 2020, a number of variants of SARS-Cov-2 have been detected, including that “some could also be simpler to transmit and trigger extra extreme illnesses”.
Consequently, he emphasised that “Jamaica should have the moment functionality to find out the variants of viruses current in our inhabitants as a part of our routine public well being surveillance”.
The prime minister mentioned that final yr the CHASE Fund financed acquisition of high-capacity testing tools and provides for the Nationwide Influenza Centre.
“This tools considerably enhanced the nation’s capability to check COVID-19 [and other viral] samples extra shortly and precisely,” Holness identified.
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