Tuesday 24 November, 2020

MPs hand over transportation for health workers during COVID-19 crisis

Members of Parliament (MPS) in Portland, Daryl and Ann-Marie Vaz (third and fifth left, respectively), along with Portland health sector interests, participate in a handing-over ceremony of three buses to transport health sector workers in the parish during the ongoing coronavirus crisis locally, on Friday at the Port Antonio Hospital.

Members of Parliament (MPS) in Portland, Daryl and Ann-Marie Vaz (third and fifth left, respectively), along with Portland health sector interests, participate in a handing-over ceremony of three buses to transport health sector workers in the parish during the ongoing coronavirus crisis locally, on Friday at the Port Antonio Hospital.

In light of the challenges facing the health sector due to the COVID-19 crisis, the Members of Parliament for West and East Portland, Daryl and Ann-Marie Vaz, respectively, handed over three 15-seater Hiace buses to the North East Regional Health Authority (NERHA) authorities.

These will be used to transport health workers in the parish, including nurses and doctors, for the duration of the current crisis.

The handing over of the vehicles was done at the Port Antonio Hospital in the parish on Friday.

Two of the buses were secured after representation was made to a private sector company by both MPs. Additionally, both MPs loaned the health authorities a personal bus for the duration of the COVID-19 crisis.

Daryl Vaz, the Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of  Economic Growth and Job Creation, commented: "So crucial is their role, I believe that no nurse or health worker in Portland or anywhere should be put through the rigours of the sometimes challenging public transportation system, particularly at this time."

Ann-Marie Vaz added: “Portland may not be insulated from COVID-19, hence it is time for all hands on deck to assist the parish and, by extension, Jamaica to overcome the current situation.”

Two of the buses which were presented to use to transport health workers in Portland during the ongoing coronavirus crisis nationally.

In a call to action, the East Portland MP further said: "I call on all citizens to do what they can to limit the spread of this virus and, in particular, to look out for our children and the elderly. Remember to wash your hands, avoid touching your face, and do not hesitate to self-isolate and call the Health Ministry if you suspect you may have been exposed to the virus."

Minister Vaz called on the  private sector to consider making available more transportation options for medical personnel, some of whom are on the frontline battling the virus and do not have easy access to traversing between their homes and places of work.

He said, for example, that with the tourism sector now at a virtual standstill, it is possible that a host of vehicles may be idle and could, in the interim, assist in alleviating transportation challenges being facing by public sector health personnel.

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