Incumbent President David Granger, this morning, convened a meeting of the National Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Task Force (NCTF) and has directed that Director General of the Ministry of the Presidency (MOTP), Joseph Harmon should carry out the functions of Chief Executive Officer (CEO).

The President said the CEO, under the general or specific directions of the Chairman of the NCTF, Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo, is to establish a permanent National Task Force Secretariat; assign permanent staff to manage the national campaign; create preventive measures against the disease to safeguard citizens’ health and collaborate with regional task forces and stakeholders to safeguard citizens’ health.

The CEO is also responsible, under the direction of the Chair, for directing the NCTF operations and restarting interrupted activities; all important logistics measures necessary to prevent the disease from spreading further, directing rapid responses to unexpected and emergency incidents; developing short-term plans for disease prevention and safety of the people and communicating directly with agencies, ministries, regional task forces, agencies and stakeholders.

The CEO will also be responsible for disseminating accurate information with regard to COVID-19 to the public. Following the discovery of the first COVID-19 case in early March, incumbent President Granger ordered that a National Task Force be established.


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