Jamaica Should Be Able To Test For Coronavirus By Next Week – Health Ministry

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Chief Medical Officer, Dr Jacqueline Bissasor- McKenzie says by next week Jamaica should be able to test for the novel coronavirus.

She says training is to begin today for local health professionals.

She says in the interim, tests are being conducted at the Caribbean Public Health Agency, CARPHA and the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC.

Dr Jacqueline Bissasor- McKenzie, Chief Medical Officer.

Meanwhile, PAHO/WHO representative for Jamaica, Dr. Bernadette Theodore Gandi says Jamaica is in a unique position to assist the region with the novel coronavirus testing.

She’s also noting that the region has been taking the necessary precautionary measures to prevent the deadly virus from entering.

Dr Bernadette Theodore- Gandi, PAHO/WHO Representative to Jamaica.

Both were speaking on Monday at a media briefing on the novel coronavirus in Kingston.



Neika Lewis is an award-winning journalist with over 7 years of experience across radio, tv and the print media. A CARIMAC alum, Neika copped the Prime Minister’s Youth award for journalism in 2017. Her reporting on a Jamaican pilot incarcerated in Qatar in 2015 led to his release. Neika hunts for human interest stories.


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