The reality is that we are in unprecedented times. The hospitals are at capacity and our health care workers are overwhelmed and fatigued.
Jamaicans, it simply cannot be business as usual, you must follow the protocols outlined and communicated CONSTANTLY by the government or risk losing your life.
We met today to discuss and assess the situation and we will be converting more facilities into Covid wards however, this will mean that some services will become unavailable.
Additionally, we will be recruiting more staff to aid in these operations but truthfully, if you continue to not wear your mask, not distance, not sanitise then these solutions won’t last long!
As it is now, please note if you NEED to visit a hospital, please bare in mind that:

• NO patient will be turned away, their vitals will be checked, and the severity of their condition assessed. If their condition is mild, they may be referred to another hospital.
• Beds are likely to be reserved for moderate to critically ill patients.

• Persons can expect longer wait times as staff are stretched, and beds are few. ImageImageImageImage

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22 Feb
Please see below from @themohwgovjm a breakdown of the Covid 19 Vaccination budget.

This budget accounts for all the public educational activities, equipment and materials needed to effectively ensure the health and wellness of every Jamaican citizen.
I’d like to give a further breakdown of the spend, $22 million will be paid to a firm One Integrated Group to develop and implement the communication plan; $64.3 million for advertising in print, electronic and social media.
$27.8 million for 12 public education sessions in each regional health authority, that will include groups, medical professionals, teachers, first responders, et cetera; and $36.2 million for brochures, flyers and other material.
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10 Sep 20
Communication changes:

The MOHW has indicated that we are now in the community transmission phase of COVID-19.
This is the time when, our resources will have to shift to:

1. Monitoring the spread and characteristics of the virus.

2. Identifying and managing severe cases.

3. Preventing onward transmission.
Read 30 tweets
7 Sep 20

Watch live here:
New Curfew Hours

The nightly island wide curfew will begin 8:00pm and end at 5:00am effective September 8, 2020 and ending on the morning of September 23, 2020.
Public Gatherings have been reduced to 15 persons.
Read 19 tweets
4 Sep 20
Covid Conversations now LIVE

Watch here or follow the thread below:
Based on the assessment of the technical team in the MOHW and after consultation with the technical team at the PAHO/WHO on Wednesday, September 2, 2020, I am now advising the Public that Jamaica is declaring community transmission of the SARS-CoV2 virus.
@themohwgovjm #JaCovid19
Community transmission means the inability to relate confirmed cases through chains of transmission for a large number of cases, and the increasing positive tests through sentinel samples especially from persons coming to health centres and hospitals.

@themohwgovjm #JaCovid19
Read 24 tweets
20 Aug 20
Regrettably in the last 24 hours, Jamaica recorded 1 more COVID-19 related death. The deceased is from Clarendon, a male aged 74.

Total deaths for Jamaica is now 15.

98new samples have tested positive for
COVID-19 in the last 24 hours: 10 from the backlog samples and 88 from the new samples

The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Jamaica is now 1,290.
Read 28 tweets
17 Aug 20
As the country may be aware, the Government of Jamaica, based on the information provided by the @themohwgovjm through its continued monitoring and surveillance exercises for COVID-19, has instituted the quarantine of communities within St. Thomas & Clarendon.
The St. Thomas communities include Bamboo River, Church Corner and Summit. To date, the MOHW has conducted more than 300 home visits and collected over 700 samples.

@themohwgovjm #Jacovid19
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