Health workers shortage in St. Ann
Medical Officer of Health for St. Ann Dr. Patrick Wheatle said there is an acute shortage of doctors, nurses and pharmacists to service the public health sector in St. Ann.
Dr. Wheatle said the shortage of these health professionals is one of the biggest challenges facing the administration of health care in the parish.
He told the monthly meeting of the St. Ann Parish Council that only two pharmacy technicians are available, to dispense drugs at the 26 health clinics across the parish.
Dr. Wheatle also said that the shortage of doctors and nurses has forced the health department to limit its services at some clinics.
The medical officer of health said that while the abolition of user fees has not created any rush on the public health institution, there could be some problems if the anticipated numbers increase.
Dr. Wheatle has appealed to members of the St. Ann Parish Council to fully support the efforts of the health department, as it tries to meet the needs of residents of the parish.