Health and Wellness Minister, Dr. Christopher Tufton, has promised to examine the possibility of providing additional support for the Savanna-la-Mar Public General Hospital which is currently buckling under pressure.

The Covid-19 pandemic has claimed several lives in the western parish to include a senior nurse at the institution.

The Accident and Emergency department supervisor, Diagrea Davis Cunningham, passed away at the Cornwall Regional Hospital in St James on Monday from COVID 19 complications.

The Minister was on a two-day tour of Hanover and Westmoreland to encourage the public to take the vaccine.

Dr. Tufton pointed to the need for additional staff, noting that at the rate at which things are going, the small staff could eventually crumble under the pressure

Dr. Christopher Tufton, Health and Wellness Minister.

The minister also spoke of the much-anticipated field hospital for the Savanna-la-Mar hospital to assist in dealing with bed space.

He said work is expected to commence on the 36-bed facility within two weeks.

While the hospital was a donation, there is a cost associated with creating the base, said to be approximately 11 million dollars.

So far, a field hospital has been established at Falmouth Hospital, St Joseph Hospital, and Spanish Town.

Apart from Savanna-la-Mar, the ministry is currently working on establishing similar hospitals in Mandeville and May Pen.