The psychological pressure is mounting on local healthcare workers who’ve been grappling with coronavirus stigma, limited safety, and medical resources amidst the prevailing pandemic.    

This after news yesterday that an additional 5 healthcare personnel attached to the Health Ministry tested positive for the deadly COVID-19.

Healthcare representatives outlined their concerns last evening on Nationwide @ 5 with Cliff Hughes and Danielle Archer.

Local healthcare workers at the vanguard of the fight against COVID-19 say the additional positive tests of Ministry of Health workers should not be taken lightly.

Dr Mindy Fitz- Henley is Vice-President of the Jamaica Medical Doctors’ Association, JMDA.

She notes while it’s still early days in the local coronavirus fight, frontline workers are under significant pressure psychologically.


Meanwhile, President of the Nurses Association of Jamaica, NAJ, Carmen Johnson, says some of her association’s members aren’t sufficiently prepared to render medical care and adequately support their children.

Nurse Johnson says coping is hard even though the coronavirus hasn’t peaked in Jamaica as yet.

Meanwhile, Nurse Johnson’s calling for additional testing of healthcare workers.

Carmen Johnson, President of the Nurses Association of Jamaica, NAJ.

And, President of the Medical Association of Jamaica, MAJ, Dr Andrew Manning agrees that the government needs to ramp up its testing of health workers.

Dr Andrew Manning, President of the Medical Association of Jamaica, MAJ.

Both were speaking last evening on Nationwide @ 5 with Cliff Hughes and Danielle Archer.