Ministry training health care staff to deal with sexually diverse groups
The ministry of health is currently spearheading an initiative to make its health care facilities more friendly to gays, lesbians, trans-gender and other sexually diverse individuals, according to the Clarendon's medical officer of health, Dr Kimberly Scarlett-Campbell.
Scarlett-Campbell, in an address to the Clarendon's Parish Council yesterday afternoon, reported that health care personnel are currently undergoing a series of training to equip them to deal with sexually diverse groups.
She says they should be in a better position to serve gays and lesbians by the first quarter of next year.
She says discrimination is driving away persons from public health care institutions.
Scarlett-Campbell says there is a 33 per cent HIV prevalence rate among homosexuals in comparison to a 1.7 per cent national average.
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