Remember the Ebola virus scare of 2014?
The Cayman Islands government apparently had some $3 million in available funds for the anticipated operating costs to fight the spread of the virus, if it arrived on these shores.
“Thankfully, the threat did not materialize and only $32,318.41 was disbursed to the Health Services Authority and utilized by the authority,” Premier Alden McLaughlin said.
The operating costs budgeted for the anticipated Ebola outbreak included $1.7 million to staff an inpatient facility at the public hospital including 17 nurses and four doctors, a premium charge of $100 per call for EMS response, and staff training.
An additional $1.3 million was set aside for the purchase of an eight-bed Ebola field hospital, which would have been set up in the hospital staff parking lot.
Had the $3 million in costs been incurred, Cabinet approved the use of the local Environmental Protection Fund to pay for it.