The Jamaica Medical Doctors’ Association, JMDA, is expressing concern about the increase in the number of COVID-19 hospitalizations.

According to the Ministry of Health and Welness’ latest COVID-19 summary, 1-hundred persons are now hospitalized.

JMDA President, Dr. Mindi Fitz-Henley, says there is a shortage of staff to respond to the increase in the number of hospitalizations.

COVID-19 deaths remain at 46 but Jamaica also recorded an additional 122 COVID-19 cases in the latest round of test results, bringing the country’s total to 4,164.

And, there are 2858 active cases.

JMDA President, Dr. Mindi Fitz-Henley, says several staff members are suffering from prolonged fatigue.

Health and Wellness Minster, Dr. Christopher Tufton, promised that 120 additional doctors would have been employed.

Dr. Fitz-Henley told our news centre that about 105 of that number have already been engaged by the Health Ministry.
But, she says that additional doctors are needed in Kingston and St. Andrew.

The JMDA President says the global shortage of the 3M N-95 mask is still an issue for doctors.

However, Dr. Fitz-Henley says frontline workers are still awaiting an update from the Health Ministry about another brand.

Meanwhile, Health Minister, Dr. Christopher Tufton, says hospitals that are experiencing challenges dealing with an increase in COVID- 19 cases should file a report with their regional health authority.

The Health Minister says COVID-19 cases are increasing in all parishes.

Dr. Tufton also told our news centre that discussions are still being held about which alternative brand of N-95 mask the country should procure for health workers.

Dr. Christopher Tufton, Minister of Health and Wellness