Health and Wellness Minister, Dr Christopher Tufton, has admitted that there are challenges with logistics and procuring the necessary food for quarantined guests.
He says the food is available but due to stigma and limited human resources, there’s a difficulty serving it to the guests.
The Health and Wellness Minister says he’s trying to address the issues relating to food allergies and medication shortages and he says recruiting additional staff has already started.
Dr Christopher Tufton, Health and Wellness Minister, speaking this afternoon with Nationwide News’ Franklin McKnight.
Dr Tufton also met staff of the North East Regional Health Authority, NERHA regarding complaints from those who returned to the island yesterday and were placed in quarantine at the Bahia Principe Resort Runaway Bay.
The Health and Wellness Ministry says it depended on the established standards of hotels, to guarantee quality assurance to those who are in quarantine.
Some of the persons who returned to the island yesterday have complained about substandard meals and other services.
Permanent Secretary in the Health and Wellness Ministry, Dunstan Bryan says the St Ann-based Bahia Principe hotel was contracted to accommodate the returnees.
And he outlined what the hotel is contracted to deliver.
He says the hotel was not selected from a competitive tender due to the emergency need of the service and also because several other hotels had refused the offer to protect their brand.
As it relates to quality assurance, Mr Bryan says the hotel’s reputation and certification made it plausible to expect a certain high standard.
Dunstan Bryan, Permanent Secretary in the Health and Wellness Ministry, speaking this afternoon with Nationwide News.