Community COVID-19 surveillance continues in West Kingston
Dr Jaquiline Bisasor-McKenzie
Some 70 samples were collected and sent to the National Public Health Laboratory for testing as part of COVID-19 surveillance activities which were conducted in West Kingston on Wednesday and Thursday.
The surveillance activities followed the recent confirmation of five COVID-19 cases in the community.
More than 100 health service team members, including medical doctors, public health inspectors and public health nurses, have been involved.
Surveillance, including not only sampling, but also public education, is to continue on Friday, as the health authorities move to safeguard the health and well-being of the local community and the larger Jamaican population.
The Ministry of Health and Wellness is urging the residents of West Kingston to continue to co-operate with the health team on the ground.
“The co-operation and participation of the people is essential if we are to continue to make progress in the national COVID-19 response efforts,” said Chief Medical Officer (CMO), Dr Jacquiline Bisasor-McKenzie.
“In order to quickly and effectively complete the surveillance activities in West Kingston, we rely on residents to truthfully answer queries from the health team, and to agree to the sampling that is to be done,” she added.
“We are, of course, available to answer any queries that residents may have, and will work to get those persons who are sampled, their test results in the shortest possible time,” the CMO added.