COVID-19: Operations suspended at some health clinics in St Mary
As the island continues to record cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19), the North East Regional Health Authority (NERHA) has issued a notice for the scheduled suspension of some health clinics in St Mary.
NERHA said the action has "become necessary in order to mitigate the spread and manage our resources in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak."
To date, Jamaica has recorded 26 confirmed cases of the virus, along with one death. Globally, over 441,000 cases of COVID-19 have been reported, with over 19,000 deaths.
The nine health centres suspended in St Mary are Clonmel, Hampstead, Bonny Gate, Robins Bay, Clarke Castle, Long Road, Hunts Town, Albany and Heywood Hall.
Persons who use these health facilities have been referred to other health centres in the parish, according to a public notice from NERHA.
Residents who used the Clonmel, Hampstead or Bonny Gate health centres are being advised to visit the Highgate health centre. However, those who used the Clonmel and Bonny Gate health centres can also visit the Belfield or Port Maria health centres, respectively.
NERHA stated that clients who utilised health services offered at the Robins Bay, Clarke Castle and Long Road clinics can now visit the Annotto Bay health centre.
Residents of Clarke Castle also have the option of visiting the Rock River health centre.
The notice further informed that the Gayle health centre will accommodate persons who used the Hunts Town clinic, while the Port Maria health centre will receive clients referred from the Albany and Heywood Hall clinics.
Meanwhile, NERHA has advised that the gynaecology clinic at the Annotto Bay health centre has been suspended until further notice.
Additionally, the high-risk antenatal clinics have been rescheduled to Wednesdays from 9am to 1pm.
NERHA said it will provide further updates to residents of St Mary when necessary.