The nursing community at the Savanna-la-Mar Public General Hospital in Westmoreland has been plunged into mourning following the death of a senior nurse from Covid-19.

The supervisor, Deidre Cunningham, passed away at the Cornwall Regional Hospital in St James on Monday night.

President of the Nurses Association of Jamaica, NAJ, Patsy Edwards Henry, visited the hospital this morning to support her members.

She said she got a message Monday night that seven nurse managers from Savanna-la-Mar Public General Hospital were out and one was critical.

Edwards Henry said her group started praying when news later came that Cunningham was transferred to the Cornwall Regional Hospital in St. James where she later died.

The NAJ president was accompanied by a team of nurses including the Director of Nursing Services, Angela Thomas, who is also a Minister of Religion.

Mrs. Edwards Henry said the association will ensure that the staff gets counseling. She says the Ministry of Health and Wellness is also doing its part.

Edwards Henry argued that while it is not known if the nurse that died was vaccinated, it is her understanding that over 50 per cent of the nurses at the hospital have been vaccinated.

Patsy Edwards Henry, NAJ President.

Meanwhile, a senior nurse within the Accident and Emergency department at the facility, Tateika Coke Gooden, told Nationwide News that the nurses are not taking the death of their colleague well.

Coke Gooden disclosed that the accident and emergency department is dealing with more than the normal amount of patients admitted on a daily basis.

The senior nurse says the situation at the hospital with staff members contracting the virus is taking a toll on the nurses.

Tateika Coke Gooden, Senior Nurse at the Savanna-la-Mar Public General Hospital.