Health and Wellness Minister, Dr. Christopher Tufton, says the authorities are prepared to extend further the opening hours of primary health care facilities to deal with the spike in communicable diseases across the country.

Minister Tufton says it may become necessary as the authorities are bracing for a spike in trauma cases over the upcoming holiday season. He says the authorities expect those trauma cases to be as a result of motor vehicle crashes.

Minister Tufton says special attention will be paid to western Jamaica, where the only Type A facility in the region, the Cornwall Regional Hospital in St. James, is still being renovated.

He says the strain on the health system is already noticeable with a spike of three thousand more visitors to the Accident and Emergency Unit of the Bustamante Hospital for Children in Kingston during the month of October.

Meanwhile, Minister Tufton says mechanisms are in place to prevent the burn out of health workers and administrators.

Dr. Christopher Tufton, Health and Wellness Minister.

He was speaking last evening on Nationwide @ 5 with Cliff Hughes and Franklin McKnight.