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Noxious fumes affecting Cornwall Regional Hospital again; nurses fall ill

Published:Tuesday | June 27, 2017 | 5:02 PM
Cornwall Regional Hospital in Montego Bay, St James.

It appears that poor air quality is again affecting the Cornwall Regional Hospital in Montego Bay, St James.

President of the Nurses Association of Jamaica (NAJ), Janet Coore Farr, says five nurses had to seek treatment this morning after falling ill on the job.


President of the Nurses Association of Jamaica, Janet Coore Farr

Coore Farr says all nurses in the special care department, which houses the nursery and intensive care unit had to leave the facility this morning.

The NAJ president is suggesting that plans to return certain services to some sections of the hospital building be postponed and the building reassessed.

Services at the hospital were significantly scaled down early this year after the ventilation system began emitting noxious fumes.

Some of the services were transferred to makeshift locations on the compound as well as to the adjoining West Jamaica Conference Centre.

Following investigations carried out by the Ministry of Health and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), it was discovered that the fumes were the result of fibreglass particles from the ventilation system becoming loose after being disturbed by efforts to clean the vents.

Last month three floors housing the operating theatres and intensive care unit were put back into operation after the ventilation system was scoured and rehabilitated.