Health Minister, Dr. Christopher Tufton and Acting-Chief Medical Officer, Dr Jacqueline Bisasor-McKenzie, are refuting a claim by the Opposition that the Health Ministry delayed for one year taking steps to remove staff from areas of the Cornwall Regional Hospital.

A study conducted by the Pan-American Health Organization, PAHO, outlined in March last year how sick the building housing the hospital is.

The report was submitted to the Health Ministry in April last year.

According to the study, some areas of the hospital were affected by mold and cancer-causing toxins.

Over the weekend- several prominent members of the PNP, including its Spokesman on Health, Dr. Dayton Campbell, used social media to accuse Dr. Tufton of knowingly exposing staff and patients to a cancer-causing agent.

Acting-Chief Medical Officer, Dr Jacqueline Bisasor-McKenzie says that’s not true. She says, in fact, action was taken prior to receiving the PAHO report.

She says the relocation of patients and staff from affected areas of the Cornwall Regional Hospital began in March 2017 when complaints were received about poor air quality at the hospital.

She says when the PAHO report was received in April of that year immediate action was also taken.

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Dr. Bisasor McKenzie also provided additional details on what action was taken after PAHO submitted its report to the Ministry.

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In the meantime, Minister Tufton is urging the Opposition to desist from attempting to mislead the country into believing that decisive action wasn’t taken after the PAHO report was submitted to his Ministry.

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