Minister has concerns about hospital transfer protocols

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MINISTER of Health and Wellness Dr Christopher Tufton is expressing concerns about existing protocols employed by public and private health facilities with regards to the transfer of patients between hospitals.The issue was raised at last evening’s COVID-19 digital press conference from the Ministry of Health and Wellness and followed media reports about the death of 23-year-old Jodian Fearon, who died after being denied access to health care last week.

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Stop the discrimination and harassment!

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MONTEGO BAY, St James — President of the Global Services Association of Jamaica (GSAJ) Gloria Henry has called for an end to what she says is the “abuse, discrimination, and harassment” of business process outsourcing (BPO) employees, which she claims have become prevalent since cases of COVID-19 were confirmed at Alorica call centre in Portmore, St Catherine.

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Human trafficking trouble

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THE Jamaican Government appears to be dragging its feet in dealing with the growing problem of human trafficking, while the country’s National Rapporteur on Trafficking in Persons, Diahann Gordon Harrison has warned that not enough is being done to tackle this issue.

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Antiviral medication remdesivir proves effective against COVID-19

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WASHINGTON, DC, United States (AP) — Scientists yesterday announced the first effective treatment against the novel coronavirus — an experimental drug that can expedite the recovery of COVID-19 patients — in a major medical advance that came as the economic gloom caused by the scourge deepened across the world.

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Big bill for COVID-19

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THE Ministry of Health has already spent $2.5 billion to deal with the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic across the island and will be going back to the Ministry of Finance for more money.

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St Catherine residents can give blood after lockdown lifted

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NORMAN Kessoon’s family members are looking forward to returning to the Blood Bank tomorrow, eager to donate blood for use by the 56 year-old with kidney problems and a raft of other medical problems. Attempts to give blood were unsuccessful on Monday when one family member and her friend were turned away because they live in St Catherine, which has the largest number of COVID-19 cases, mostly linked to the Alorica call centre.

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‘Hear our cry’

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ALBERTA, Canada — A Jamaican farm worker at an Ontario greenhouse, which is now the site of a massive COVID-19 outbreak, is appealing for assistance to get improved living conditions as he and his countrymen have been forced to share space with more than 40 of his co-workers who have so far tested positive for the coronavirus.

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‘Cut the money!’

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CENTRAL Kingston Member of Parliament Ronald Thwaites has called for funding to be slashed for those public bodies that are repeatedly and chronically late with submitting their reports to the Houses of Parliament for scrutiny.

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This Day in History — April 30

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Today is the 121st day of 2020. There are 245 days left in the year.TODAY’S HIGHLIGHT

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NIS pension vouchers can be cashed early at post offices

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THE Ministry of Labour and Social Security is advising National Insurance Scheme (NIS) pensioners that all pension vouchers with payable dates in May 2020 may be cashed as of Monday, May 4, 2020, at post offices.National Commercial Bank (NCB) will only cash pension vouchers on or after the date payable.

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