MAJ Condemns Murder of Dr Martin Garwood

The Medical Association of Jamaica, MAJ is condemning the killing of medical doctor, Martin Garwood.

The MAJ says it’s horrified at the gruesome killing of one of its colleagues.

It says Dr. Garwood had just completed life-saving surgery on another Jamaican just a few hours before his own life was prematurely and violently taken.

It says Dr. Garwood’s death has robbed Jamaica of the services of an affable, caring and dedicated young surgeon with tremendous potential.

The Jamaica Medical Doctor’s Association, JMDA, said it’s also saddened by Dr. Garwood’s death.

In a statement this morning, the JMDA said it’s outraged at the attack on the medical practitioner.

Meanwhile, Health Minister, Dr. Christopher Tufton, says the Health Ministry is extremely saddened by the tragic death of one of its colleagues.

Dr. Tufton says nobody deserves to lose his life so tragically. He says his thoughts and prayers are with the staff of the Kingston Public Hospital, where Dr. Garwood was based. So too, his family and friends.

The South East Regional Health Authority family says its deeply saddened by the gruesome murder of Dr. Garwood who started working at the Kingston Public Hospital on January 5.

He was assigned to the Department of Surgery and was in the final process of completing the Doctor of Medicine Post Graduate Programme.

SEHRA says during his tenure at KPH, Dr. Garwood was a committed and diligent physician who went above and beyond the call of duty for his patients and colleagues.

Dr. Garwood’s lifeless body was found yesterday at his home in Barbican, St. Andrew. He appeared to have been stabbed multiple times. He was found lying face down in bed.

The police say there was no sign of forced entry. His Honda Sports Utility Vehicle was also stolen.

Dr. Garwood also served as team doctor to the Young Reggae Boys.


Abka Fitz-Henley is a multiple award-winning journalist who is currently the Senior Reporter at Nationwide News Network (NNN). His primary areas of focus are Court, Crime and Parliamentary proceedings. Fitz-Henley was recently recognized in the regional celebrity magazine publication Panache as “The Breaking News Boss”. At 21 years of age, following his 1st year in media, Fitz-Henley was recognized with the Young Journalist of the year award from The Press Association of Jamaica and went on to cop one of the country’s highest recognized journalism prizes, the Journalist of the Year Award. He’s also been awarded the prestigious Corporate Jamaica Broilers Fairplay 1st place Award for investigative journalism and is the recipient of the Caribbean Blog Award for coverage of the infamous Kartel murder trial. Fitz-Henley is also the recipient of the PM Youth Award for Excellence. Over the years, he has appeared as a guest on the BBC World Service and BBC London.