MOH SAYS QUARANTINE FACILITY AT ST. JOSEPH’S HOSPITAL WILL NOT POSE HEALTH RISK TO RESIDENTS

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Chief Medical Officer Dr Jacquiline Bisasor McKenzie says having a quarantine facility at the St. Josephs Hospital in Vineyard Town St. Andrew, will not pose a health risk to patients or residents.

This as residents raised concern that the designation of a quarantine facility at the hospital, would create serious health risks.

Dr Bisasor McKenzie who was speaking at a press briefing yesterday (Mon) said only a section of the hospital’s compound will be used for quarantining persons suspected of having symptoms related to the novel coronavirus.

Noting the virus’ method of transmission, she said persons on the hospital compound or in surrounding areas, are not at risk of being infected, if the quarantined person is detected to have the virus.

Meanwhile, Health and Wellness Minister Dr. Christopher Tufton noted the concerns of the Vineyard Town residents, regarding the designation of a quarantine facility at the hospital.

Dr. Tufton expressed a willingness to meet with residents to address any lingering issues.

However, he added that the Ministry has no intention of making decisions that will endanger the lives of Jamaicans.