The Ministry of Health will be increasing it funding by $250 Million dollars to combat the increase in the reported cases of the mosquito borne Dengue fever.
According to the Epidemiological Unit of the Ministry of Health, the island surpassed the threshold for December 2018 for reported cases of Dengue.
Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton said the 123 dengue cases which were suspected, presumed, and confirmed in December, breached the threshold of 96 reported cases for the first time during 2018.
Dr Tufton made the disclosure while addressing journalists at a press briefing at his office in New Kingston on Thursday.
He also pointed out that the figures showed that as at yesterday, 830 reported cases have been classified as suspected, presumed, or confirmed, while the number of confirmed cases rose to 23 for the period January 1, 2018 to January 3, 2019.
Dr Tufton said in light of this development, the Government is to step up its campaign against the dengue fever threat, by increasing funding for its activities by at least $250 million.
He added that after the briefing he would be meeting with Cabinet colleagues, including Finance and the Public Service Minister Dr Nigel Clarke, to seek additional support for his planned campaign.