Ministry seeks $350-m deal to treat people with chronic health problems privately

Observer on March 26th, 2020 | File Under Observer News -

THE Government is seeking to forge an estimated $350-million public-private partnership agreement with private health providers to treat some 75,000 Jamaicans battling chronic health diseases.This would ease the burden on public health facilities and hospitals should the country begin to experience community spread of COVID-19.

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Gov’t will get the 600 rooms, says JHTA

Observer on March 26th, 2020 | File Under Observer News -

MONTEGO BAY, St James — President of the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA) Omar Robinson last night expressed confidence that the 600 hotel rooms being sought by Government to accommodate COVID-19 patients will be realised.

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Front-line health workers tested, given specialised masks

Observer on March 26th, 2020 | File Under Observer News -

THE Ministry of Health and Wellness is insisting that it has been testing and fitting health workers at facilities islandwide with specialised masks for front-line personnel treating COVID-19 patients.

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Graveside only

Observer on March 26th, 2020 | File Under Observer News -

FROM funeral parlours straight to the graveside, that’s how some operators of funeral homes have been handling burials in light of local novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions.

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Doc issues warning to people with underlying conditions

Observer on March 26th, 2020 | File Under Observer News -

AS the country braces for the impact of COVID-19, consultant pulmonologist Dr Althea Aquart-Stewart is urging individuals who have serious underlying medical conditions to self-isolate, as they may be at higher risk for more serious complications from the infectious disease.

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Mayor says Corporate Area will be cleaned, sanitised

Observer on March 26th, 2020 | File Under Observer News -

THE Kingston and St Andrew Municipal Corporation (KSAMC) will be cleaning and sanitising public spaces across the Corporate Area as part of measures to reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and create a clean city.The scope of work will include the washing of sidewalks and disinfecting high-traffic areas.

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350 vendors displaced

Observer on March 26th, 2020 | File Under Observer News -

THE abrupt closure of the Ocho Rios Craft Market in St Ann has left about 350 vendors and their families in limbo as the Government presses ahead with measures to rein in the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) that has crippled health systems and economies globally.

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Chickenpox strikes inmates at Half-Way-Tree Police Station

Observer on March 26th, 2020 | File Under Observer News -

THE Jamaica Observer has confirmed reports that a number of prisoners at the lock-up at the Half-Way-Tree Police Station have tested positive for chickenpox.At least one policeman based at the lock-up has also contracted the virus which causes chickenpox.But the police say reports of an outbreak are exaggerated as the number of confirmed cases is fewer than 10, which is the point at which the Ministry of Health qualifies it as an outbreak.

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Cops stretched thin

Observer on March 26th, 2020 | File Under Observer News -

THOUGH acknowledging that the Government is hard at work in the fight against the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), chairman of the Jamaica Police Federation Sergeant Patrae Rowe is concerned that rank-and-file members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) are being stretched thin.

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Jamaica’s Chinese community offers aid

Observer on March 26th, 2020 | File Under Observer News -

MONTEGO BAY, St James — Amidst growing concerns over the hardships being created by the onset of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the Chinese community in Jamaica says it has donated food and personal items valued at several million dollars to State agencies and needy communities.

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