Thursday 28 May, 2020

MAJ expresses concern after healthcare worker contracts COVID-19

Dr Andrew Manning

Dr Andrew Manning

The Medical Association of Jamaica has expressed concern following news that a local healthcare worker tested positive for COVID-19.

In a news release, MAJ President Dr Andrew Manning said the development underscores the risks and challenges being faced by healthcare workers amid the pandemic. He urged the government to ensure that adequate stocks of personal protective equipment (PPE) are available to the healthcare workers on the frontline.

"Bear in mind that healthcare workers must adhere to standard infection prevention and control practices as they care for patients with suspected infectious diseases. With suspected respiratory diseases this must include the use of PPEs," Manning said.

The infected healthcare worker, a 45-year-old female, was a contact of a confirmed case. There are now 36 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Jamaica, the Ministry of Health and Wellness has advised.

In the meantime, the MAJ head said the association wishes the affected worker a speedy recovery.

"This healthcare worker is in in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time," he said, while calling on healthcare workers and members of the public to remain calm. 

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