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Elderly Jamaicans To Benefit Under Government’s COVID-19 Stimulus Package

Jamaican Prime Minister, Andrew Holness, emphasises a point, during a digital town hall for senior citizens, on Wednesday. Photo credit: Rudranath Fraser/JIS.

Elderly Jamaicans To Benefit Under Government’s COVID-19 Stimulus Package

KINGSTON, Jamaica March 27, 2020 — Senior citizens, 75 years and over, whose livelihood will be affected, based on the order for them to stay home, will be able to access financial assistance, under the Government’s coronavirus (COVID-19) stimulus package.

The order, which was announced, on Monday, and came into effect, on Wednesday, requires the elderly to remain at home, for the next 14 days, except to access food, medication, water, and other life essentials.

Speaking at a digital town hall for senior citizens, on Wednesday, Prime Minister, Andrew Holness, said the support is included in a special package, announced by Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Dr. Nigel Clarke, in Parliament, on March 24.

A 79-year-old participant in the town hall, who is a housewife, had raised the concern that her husband, who is the breadwinner, is 75, and will now be required to stay home.

“I had a conversation, yesterday, with the Minister of Finance, who announced a significant package. There is a special provision, which we will be making more details available on, as to how we can assist persons, who, for the next 14 days, are required to stay at home, but who would not be able to continue to earn, to sustain themselves,” Holness said.

The Prime Minister advised that senior citizens can also access support, through the Ministry of Labour and Social Security and the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development.

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  1. I am a bit concerned about the elders that are in the hilly areas of Jamaica, like Frankfield Clarendon Andrews hill. Are they getting help from the government? Lampard and all the districts that are are hidden, and people with disabilities, are they getting the help?

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