Both nurses and doctors associations are this afternoon calling for urgent clarity from the Government regarding the water restriction policy imposed with immediate effect by the National Water Commission, NWC.
Last evening, the NWC said it intends to lock off water supply to several communities every other day.
The water commission included medical facilities on a list of places to be affected by its new restriction policy in response to drought conditions facing the island.
Included on the list of places to be affected are the Kingston Public Hospital and the University Hospital of the West Indies.
President of the Medical Association of Jamaica, MAJ, Dr. Shane Alexis is calling for clarity.
Dr. Alexis says there’s a need for policy makers to clear the air regarding the full impact which the drastic water conservation policy will have on medical facilities.
Meantime … Nurses Association of Jamaica, NAJ President, Janet Farr is noting that the major hospitals which serve the Corporate Area are not all totally dependent on the NWC for water.
But Miss Farr says her association is concerned that it appears some medical facilities will face hours without supply from the water commission.
The Opposition Spokesperson on Health, Senator Marlene Malahoo-Forte is calling on the NWC to re-think its decision of including health facilities in its new water lock-off schedule.