President of the Nurses Association of Jamaica, NAJ, Carmen Johnson says in the unlikely event that the Novel-Coronavirus enters the country, the island’s nurses stand ready to serve.
Noting that she is not fearful of the virus which has killed over 100 persons in china to date, Ms. Johnson says efforts are in place to ensure that all areas of isolation are prepared.
She however expressed concern that there might be a few challenges, as Jamaica is just now recovering from the Dengue Fever and Influenza outbreaks.
The NAJ President is hopeful that the government will provide the necessary resources.
Meantime, Health Minister Dr. Christopher Tufton says the nation’s hospitals are equipped with sufficient protective gear, in the event a case of the Coronavirus enters the island.
Dr. Tufton says hospital staff across the country have the necessary gear needed to keep themselves safe.
Meanwhile, Acting Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Karen Webster-Kerr, said, since the Coronavirus is a new one, there is no facility to conduct quick testing.
However, she explains that, arrangements are being made to change that.
They were speaking at a press conference yesterday, (January 28).