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Only major hospitals will treat suspected Ebola cases

Published:Thursday | October 30, 2014 | 9:31 AM
Cornwall Regional Hospital
Kingston Public Hospital

Health Minister, Dr Fenton Ferguson, says only major hospitals such as the Cornwall Regional and Kingston Public hospitals will treat any suspected Ebola cases in Jamaica.

He says isolation facilities at the other health facilities will only be used for 'holding purposes'.

Ferguson also says each region will have a dedicated ambulance which will be used in suspected Ebola cases.

He was addressing members of the media yesterday following a tour of temporary Ebola isolation facilities at the Cornwall Regional Hospital in Montego Bay.

The Health Minister says that discussions are underway with the Jamaica Fire Brigade and the army for the movement of suspected Ebola victims.

And he says the country should also have holding areas at the various ports of entry.

Work on the temporary isolation unit and triage unit at Cornwall Regional are being undertaken at an estimated $30 million and should be completed by mid-November.


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