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Remember challenges being faced by hospitals - Transport Minister warns motorists ahead of independence weekend

Published:Thursday | August 3, 2017 | 9:50 AM
Henry says as Jamaica prepares to celebrate its 55th year of independence, the tendency is for people to drink heavily, party and then drive impaired and sleepy.

Transport Minister Mike Henry is urging motorists to be mindful of the challenges being faced by the island’s two hospitals equipped to deal with trauma cases and avoid getting into accidents this weekend.

Henry says as Jamaica prepares to celebrate its 55th year of independence, the tendency is for people to drink heavily, party and then drive impaired and sleepy.

He says this puts the driver, his passengers and other road users at risk.

Henry wants those who will be drinking alcohol over the holiday period to appoint a designated driver to ensure their safety.

He notes that the island’s health system is already severely affected by trauma cases from gunshot wounds.

He says motorists need to be reminded that the only two hospitals in Jamaica that are fully equipped to deal with trauma cases are the Kingston Public Hospital and the Cornwall Regional.

However, he says the Cornwall Regional is undergoing well need improvement works at this time and the services have been scaled down.

Henry also notes that statistics from the Road Safety Unit reveal that Friday is the most deadly day of the week on the roads, as 39 of the 205 persons killed so far this year were killed on a Friday.