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Guy calls for quarantine facility in western Jamaica

Published:Monday | February 10, 2020 | 9:32 AM
Opposition Spokesperson on Health, Dr Morais Guy - File photo

Opposition Spokesperson on Health Dr Morais Guy says the government needs to urgently activate a quarantine area in western Jamaica as it is a  major gateway for travellers to the island in light of the Coronovirus epidemic.

Guy argued that with the greatest number of arrivals to Jamaica entering through the western gateways including the Sangster International Airport and the major cruise shipping ports, Jamaica's western belt must be adequately resourced to provide guaranteed protection against the virus.

Noting that the St Joseph’s Hospital has been morphed into the latest quarantine area, Guy said the distance between the island's western gateways and the facility in Kingston will pose some challenges.

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He said health workers, who in the main will be responsible for the transfers, as well as the general public, must be protected, if infected persons are to be transported across the island to St Josephs.

Additionally, Guy is questioning the availability of the isolation/treatment facility at the Cornwall Regional Hospital and its functionality in light of recent challenges and ongoing work at the location.

“It is our view that it would be more cost effective to relocate the present laboratories and reopen that specialised facility which was set up at CRH for Ebola, as it was built with infection containment specifications,” Guy said.

He said the Government needs to make all the requisite funding available to ensure proper containment of the virus, should it reach in Jamaica.

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