Thursday 28 May, 2020

COVID-19: Gov’t pumps US$2.2m into N95 masks; MAJ to get 100,000

The Government has invested US$2.2 million to purchase N95 masks for medical professionals across the island in the continued fight against the deadly coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Health and Wellness Minister, Dr Christopher Tufton, on Tuesday at the regular COVID-19 press conference at the ministry, said the order would complement the 500,000 that recently arrived on the island.

According to Tufton, while there is a shortage of the N95 masks, the ministry will be donating 100,000 to the Medical Association of Jamaica (MAJ), to be used to outfit private medical practitioners.

He said this is part of the ministry’s efforts to keep the private practitioners operating during the Government’s effort to stem the spread of COVID-19 on the island.

“It is important for us that they remain active, and that they see this attempt in the public sector to deal with this challenge as part of their challenge, and we are very encouraged by the leadership and by members who have expressed and continue to give support to the efforts,” said Tufton.

During the press conference, Tufton and President of the MAJ, Dr Andrew Manning, signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU).

According to Tufton, the agreement is part of the Government’s wider initiative to form partnerships with private individuals who can assist during the period of COVID-19 concern.

“We are working with a number of key stakeholders outside of Government, to collaborate on providing public education and information, as well as to manage the containment and, indeed, curing those who have been affected by this virus or this disease,” stated the minister.

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