Christopher Tufton

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Christopher Tufton said : “The evidence is, however, that a number of health conditions are caused or otherwise exacerbated by a high-salt diet. The effect on blood pressure, stroke and heart disease is where the strongest evidence lies, but there is a wide body of evidence showing a link between salt consumption and other conditions,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, October 16, 2021 1:50:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : "Become a hero on the scene. Take the COVID vaccine," External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, October 15, 2021 6:47:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “We have, for example, hired more community mental health aides. We have expanded the mobility of the mental health team; more vehicles for them to respond. We are doing greater sensitisation at the level of the community and we collaborate with the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, October 14, 2021 9:33:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The policy was to prioritise children but also to give others who came with them unrequested, and that is what we have done... We could argue over the rightness or wrongness of the policy and whether it should be changed but the ministry did not breach our responsibility,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, October 11, 2021 2:45:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “I would also like to reassure the public that we have time to get the vaccine and administer while still preserving efficacy of the first dose. There are countries that have waited up to 12 weeks to administer a second dose, and we are well within that period,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, October 11, 2021 2:45:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton explained : "The intention of the Adopt-a-Clinic programme is to get Jamaicans at home and abroad who have benefited from our primary healthcare services to give back," "We have a strong primary healthcare system that has worked for us as a country. It is what has helped us in the COVID-19 pandemic response. As minister of health, I am asking members of the diaspora to join hands and hearts with the ministry by adopting a clinic," External link

jamaica-star Wednesday, October 6, 2021 2:38:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “That parish has had its fair share of outbreaks, and that hospital, in particular, has had significant challenges in terms of bed space. We have had a number of deaths, and so any support at all would be excellent,” External link

jis Wednesday, October 6, 2021 1:32:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The intention is to try and get as much coverage as possible. Over time, we do see these private entities playing an important role in outreach, in the messaging around the importance of vaccines,” External link

jis Wednesday, October 6, 2021 12:28:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton explained : “The intention of the Adopt-a-Clinic programme is to get Jamaicans at home and abroad who have benefited from our primary healthcare services to give back,” “We have a strong primary healthcare system that has worked for us as a country. It is what has helped us in the COVID-19 pandemic response. As Minister of Health, I am asking members of the diaspora to join hands and hearts with the Ministry by adopting a clinic,” External link

jis Tuesday, October 5, 2021 10:16:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton told : “What we've done now is try to strengthen the management process by bringing in a management entity that has significant hospital experience. The company will act as the quality assurance agent for the project. So we're hoping that we can get standards established and maintained as the contractors work. We're hoping that that will significantly reduce the variation challenges that we've had in the past,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, October 4, 2021 12:12:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “We will have a local project manager, but we've embedded in that process, representing the Government, a commissioning agent that examines all proposed work to be done — the quantities, the costings — look and reconcile that against the project and assesses on an ongoing basis value for money, so it hopefully will help to reduce variations and provide guidance, through the Government, to the contractors doing the work,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, October 4, 2021 12:12:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The project has a naturally slower implementation because of the nature of it, given that you have a renovation exercise that takes place on an active hospital compound, so the approach to the renovation has to be different because it's not a sterile site,” “In fact, it's a site which you try to keep sterile, by virtue of the nature of the hospital, but it is difficult and it does slow down some of the work because you're treating people at the same time, so infection-prevention and control measures are necessary and perhaps more than usually so because of the nature of where the project is located and what's happening on the physical compound at the same time,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, October 4, 2021 12:12:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “So just like how we go abroad [for a company] to build a highway, a hospital is a specialised vehicle that involves things like infection-prevention and control, precision air flow for that and several other things. Frankly, it's not an apartment building,” “It's not just about contractors, it's about all the technical inputs, the work that goes into making the job complete — the pre-contract work, the project management work — have seen several variations... I'm talking about variations where in one case a contract varied up to 100 per cent,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, October 4, 2021 12:12:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton explained : “That has been quite a frustrating experience, because each time we try to recalibrate to address the concerns to strengthen the management and so on, we go through a process where we literally have to wait, because a lot of the things you have to do before you do the other, you can't do multiple things one time in the substantial part of the work,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, October 4, 2021 12:12:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “I fully understand the concerns of the people of western Jamaica. The truth is that Cornwall Regional continues to provide significant services to the people, and I pay tribute to the doctors, nurses and other health-care staff because they've been working very hard and they continue to perform thousands of tests, surgeries, dialysis, cancer treatment, in-patient care, delivery of babies weekly. All of those things continue. It's not like the facility has come to a halt, but I do appreciate that to see the main building being empty and not enough work going on is a stark reminder of the real challenges, and it does generate, understandably so, emotions and concerns,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, October 4, 2021 12:12:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Some clinics have one or two persons manning the site [and] they have lots of other cases to deal with,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, October 2, 2021 8:50:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “There is a protocol for discarding vaccines that have expired. We are not unaccustomed to that. We have AstraZeneca in stock so, if tomorrow morning you turn up at a location, do not worry that you're being given a vaccine that is expired, that will not happen. The vaccines that will be available as of tomorrow (today) are a different batch of vaccines,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, October 1, 2021 9:24:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Vaccination requires, as part of the infrastructure, a card that is going to be universally accepted and can be validated, where the possibility of producing a fraudulent card is minimised. We have to move there. The intention is to see a digital vaccination card available to Jamaicans within the next two to three months. If it can be earlier, we will certainly do so. We are currently in exploratory mode, working with a number of international partners, among them UNICEF, and others, to create this digital vaccine card,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, October 1, 2021 9:24:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “I'm not seeking to be critical of our government procurement process, but I will say, if we had given approval to build this facility using government resources, we would not have broken ground for it as yet. Even with our best intentions, my experience in health over the last five years tells me that the procurement process is nothing short of being an absolute nightmare,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, October 1, 2021 9:19:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The Government of Jamaica has set an ambitious goal...and the mobile buses will allow for us to achieve this target by taking the vaccine to people at their convenience,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, October 1, 2021 2:40:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The Government of Jamaica has set an ambitious goal...and the mobile buses will allow for us to achieve this target by taking the vaccine to people at their convenience,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, September 30, 2021 9:19:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “We are waiting and we are [having discussions] with the US Government. However, we are prepared [to administer the Pfizer vaccines] once this additional shipment arrives,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, September 30, 2021 9:35:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “We are forced to prioritise the most vulnerable who are due to get their second dose,” “The efficacy of the vaccine will protect those delayed, even after the 12-week window closes” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, June 22, 2021 9:34:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “We have to focus on the most vulnerable, and the most vulnerable by age would be 50 and older. The second dose has to be a priority based on availability, and so we have to give it to those who require it. The challenge we have is the availability of vaccines,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, June 20, 2021 9:42:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Vaccine represents a critical component of that [reducing the spread of the novel coronavirus] and we have been gradually inoculating our population. A lot of what we do is a function of the availability of the vaccines, and once we have it then we take it and make it available. Then, there is the issue of access to the population — and we have been working on a plan to improve the plan so that all Jamaicans who qualify will have access,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, June 20, 2021 9:42:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “It's a difficult management because in a sense, we can't demand and there is no automatic availability. We have a need; we want the vaccines. But, we have to negotiate access based on what is available and the willingness of the manufacturers to make it available,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, June 20, 2021 9:42:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton told : “First of all, I want to apologise to those who were inconvenienced yesterday. Both those under 50 who showed up, and those over 50 who were not able to get their shot because of the overwhelming turnout,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, June 20, 2021 9:04:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton noted : “Yesterday, were had 22 vaccination sites in nine parishes. From reports received from the sites across the island, the blitz operations ran efficiently for most sites, with some delays and other challenges at the National Arena, primarily linked to persons who were not scheduled to be vaccinated turning up at the site,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, June 20, 2021 9:04:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton stated : “At about 10 a.m., we reached full capacity at the National Arena and unfortunately had to announce the closure of the site. Our operations there will be suspended for Sunday, June 20, but other blitz sites across the island will remain open to the public by appointment,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, June 20, 2021 9:04:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton noted : “We are anticipating the receipt of supplies of vaccines shortly, as we have concluded discussions with our suppliers. Persons who are due their second dose will benefit from this allocation and need not worry,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, June 20, 2021 3:31:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “At about 10 am today, we reached full capacity at the National Arena and unfortunately had to announce the closure of the site. Our operations there will be suspended for Sunday, June 20, but other blitz sites across the island will remain open to the public by appointment,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, June 20, 2021 3:31:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The Cabinet has given approval for persons living with SCD who are seen at the Sickle Cell Unit to access medication free of cost through the public pharmacies,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, June 19, 2021 4:07:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said ( about Princess Margaret ) : “There is a plan for the expansion of services in these parts,, in recognition of the numbers and the anticipated growth – plans now looking at environmental health, dental services, health records, clinical assessment and an improvement in client services. So there is more to come,” “The Princess Margaret Hospital has benefited from expansion … . Now, it’s time to build out around the hospital through the health centres, and there is a plan” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, June 18, 2021 10:44:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton noted : “In Jamaica, we have long set a national target to strengthen the voluntary blood donation system with a focus on youth. Persons between 18 and 24 years old offer a valuable resource for expansion of voluntary blood donation in Jamaica,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, June 16, 2021 2:20:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “There is general progress around what we all agree on, and what we may need to tweak a bit,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, June 15, 2021 11:12:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “It would risk destroying general confidence in our immunisation process, confidence built up over decades, and a major contributor to our human development as a country. I am confident we have done the right thing, and those who think otherwise, I humbly suggest, are not fully considering the implications of such a decision,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, June 14, 2021 11:12:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “I have no difficulty in making a report of this nature, that has created such national interest and outcry and speculation, public. I think it would serve the purposes of being transparent and I think that is important. Confidence in the process is important... Clearly, I would need to take some advice because these issues can become legal issues and so on. I'm not a lawyer and so I have to be guided,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, June 13, 2021 10:57:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The more you achieve persons getting vaccinated is the less the risk [of COVID-19 contraction] will be because that is the most effective defence as of now. Therefore, you will see the elimination and relaxation of measures,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, June 11, 2021 10:51:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton added : “We do not anticipate that we are going to be living in this environment forever. The idea is to manage the risk, overcome the risk, and hopefully, over time – and given all the measures, to include the vaccines – eliminate the risk,” “We need to reach herd immunity, and we need to vaccinate 1.9 million of our population in an ideal scenario” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, June 11, 2021 10:51:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Other countries throughout the world, and our key partners, are clearly doing a lot to try and minimise and eliminate that risk, and they are more ahead of us in terms of vaccines. To the extent that they may become high-risk and we are at risk as a result of the travel, then clearly, the Government would have to consider all options,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, June 11, 2021 10:51:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton stated : “Our role is in the service of people, and in serving people when they are in their most distressing state; because that’s what sickness does, it places you in a state of fear, panic and uncertainty that you first have to alleviate,” “You have to cauterise the psychological state of mind, even before you assess, diagnose and treat,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, June 11, 2021 9:37:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : ''With the relaxation (of COVID-19 restrictions) will come an easing of frustrations and the lack of restrictions around movement, the restrictions around economic opportunity and restrictions around social activities,'' ''As a government we fully appreciate and understand that to be restricted in this unusual way will take its toll,'' External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, June 11, 2021 5:20:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton told : “I don’t like to give timelines, because there are so many variables that we don’t have control over, but I think once we have the vaccine supply and people are willing to take it, by the latter part of this year we should see the virus being less of a threat than it is now,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, June 7, 2021 10:48:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Clearly, we have a long way to go, but part of it is the availability of the vaccine. We are making good progress now, and in the weeks ahead the country will hear about some of the other things we will do,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, June 7, 2021 10:48:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “We are getting equipment to test for various variant strains. It’s not yet in place, but we expect the strains to get here,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, June 6, 2021 11:13:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “These PCR tests for VoC mean that we will no longer need to send all positive tests for identification abroad but can be more efficient by only sending the positive tests for variants of concern. The benefits of reduced cost and lead-time for the assessment of VoC will strengthen our national response,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, June 5, 2021 8:30:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “I have communicated with family and the police have been called in as well as I have ordered an internal investigation. These allegations are very serious and must be treated with utmost urgency,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, May 25, 2021 9:37:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “We will continue our drive to educate consumers on the dangers of unhealthy foods and push for lower levels of salt, sugars and fats in our diets,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, May 22, 2021 8:41:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “They worked alongside the ministry, private sponsors, and NGO partners to create what has become a regional initiative. I would like to thank Market Me and other stakeholder partners for their efforts over the years,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, May 20, 2021 6:31:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “I want to place on record my thanks not only to Market Me, but to the other stakeholder partners for their effort in building out this brand,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, May 20, 2021 10:43:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton told : “I am happy to report that we have started and we are making progress in the implementation of this plan,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, May 20, 2021 9:25:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton stated : “In addition, we have completed external upgrade designs for the University Hospital of the West Indies. Also, the Cornwall Regional Hospital and the Western Children and Adolescent Hospital in Montego Bay will continue their build-out this financial year,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, May 20, 2021 9:25:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “This has been a classic case of what can happen to our infrastructure, if we do not maintain them sufficiently while utilising them every day. They fall apart, no different from a motor car or the human body,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, May 20, 2021 9:25:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton stated : “I would like to thank the management and staff of the CRH for their ongoing commitment and hard work to the people of Western Jamaica. I want to tell them that the CRH main building will be restored and will become a source of pride for Western Jamaica,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, May 20, 2021 9:25:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The case fatality rate related to COVID-19 is currently 1.8 per cent which is less than the global average of 2.2 per cent. Our track record is better than that of the world average,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, May 20, 2021 1:30:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “We had a million visits to public hospitals when compared with 1.2 million the year before,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, May 20, 2021 1:30:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “We are determined to work with you so that together we can change this picture. Knowing your numbers is the first step to taking control of your health and well-being, especially if you have risk factors for hypertension,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, May 19, 2021 11:09:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “We have to continue to be cautious. Hospitalisations are going down, the positivity rate is going down, the [virus] reproductive rate is below one – all suggesting that we [are] moving in the right direction,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, May 19, 2021 9:32:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “We have to continue to be cautious. Hospitalisations are going down, the positivity rate is going down, the [virus] reproductive rate is below one – all suggesting that we [are] moving in the right direction,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, May 19, 2021 12:36:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton added : “This is only possible by providing information and encouraging better, healthier choices. This is what the 'Better For You' menu designation is intended to do. Over time we will promote this designation in all types of food establishments. In the meantime, we are happy for the collaboration with these initial restaurant chains,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, May 18, 2021 9:44:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton added : “We are not prepared yet to say it's purely about hesitancy because there is a need to ensure that there is equitable access by all the socio-economic groups across the population,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, May 16, 2021 11:30:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “So it is important for them to take advantage of the opportunity to access the vaccine. Even with the challenges of sourcing supplies, the reality is that that opportunity exists now and has existed for some time,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, May 16, 2021 11:30:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : ''As at May 12, 2021 (yesterday) 146,147 Jamaicans have received their first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine. This means we have inoculated some eight per cent of the targeted population; the targeted population being 1.24 million,'' External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, May 16, 2021 11:30:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : ''Persons wishing to be vaccinated are reminded that they need to make an appointment through the ministry's website at www.moh.jm or through the national vaccination hotline 888-ONE-LOVE,'' External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, May 16, 2021 11:30:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “I salute the Lupus Foundation of Jamaica for the work that it has been doing. I implore all Jamaicans to join together to fight lupus and support persons living with the disease,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, May 12, 2021 10:35:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said ( about Digicel Foundation ) : “We are grateful for the continued support and partnership with Digicel, which has been a long-standing corporate citizen,” “This pandemic has further strengthened and shown the commitment of our private partners” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, May 4, 2021 11:08:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “There has been an ongoing assessment around the management of the pandemic while trying to balance the need for economic activity balancing lives with livelihood, as we have said. It's a fluid situation, the prime minister is on record saying that while that is an imperative, we take action and make policy decisions based on situational, specific circumstances and the expectation is that the management of the process leading up to that point would allow for that decision to be made because we look not just at the historical, we look forward and we plan based on the data,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, April 30, 2021 9:34:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton noted : “Successfully tackling this pandemic requires a whole-of-society approach and our assessments are showing a positive relationship between the implementation of our protocols and the regulations under the Disaster Risk Management Act and lower rates of COVID cases,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, April 29, 2021 6:47:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The Ministry of Health and Wellness is grateful for the continued support and partnership with Digicel, which has been a longstanding corporate citizen. This pandemic has further strengthened and shown the commitment of our private partners and we have always emphasised the importance of partnership in public health as a measure of success - and to which a part of our success can be attributed to,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, April 29, 2021 7:57:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The truth is that the international community and the framework for movement of people has always had a public health component to it, which includes looking at infectious diseases, and where vaccines are an important response to that, persons have to show evidence that they have taken the vaccines,” “So technically speaking, a system is in place, and I believe in this instance this may come in for COVID-19 also. I think it’s still early because the conversation is taking place, but if you are coming from a country with yellow fever to Jamaica, for example, you have to have a yellow fever card and, essentially, that is a passport to entry, so it’s not an unusual concept. In fact, it’s a very important concept,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, April 28, 2021 12:16:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The truth is that the international community and the framework for movement of people has always had a public health component to it, which includes looking at infectious diseases, and where vaccines are an important response to that, persons have to show evidence that they have taken the vaccines,” “So technically speaking, a system is in place, and I believe in this instance this may come in for COVID-19 also. I think it's still early because the conversation is taking place, but if you are coming from a country with yellow fever to Jamaica, for example, you have to have a yellow fever card and, essentially, that is a passport to entry, so it's not an unusual concept. In fact, it's a very important concept,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, April 27, 2021 11:23:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “When you get the first dose of the vaccine, you need 21 to 28 days for the vaccine to take effect,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, April 27, 2021 11:41:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton told : “We have to wait and see, but we have been in discussions through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade with our partners in the US Administration around accessing vaccines, whether for sale or grant. Those discussions continue, and so we would certainly hope that is the case,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, April 27, 2021 10:34:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “They make those decisions, and our communication lines are open and have been for some times,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, April 27, 2021 10:34:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “It is not a licence to act in defiance of the protocol. It is very important that we wear the mask, practise physical distancing and sanitise,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, April 23, 2021 12:01:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “As such, in our next supply of vaccines, we will begin again the vaccination of persons who work in educational institutions, and tourism workers,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, April 22, 2021 11:38:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “This means that vaccination will be done at the local health centres in parishes. No blitz operations will be done until additional supplies are received in May, which is the next projected date for delivery,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, April 22, 2021 11:38:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “I saw first-hand as I visited the many sites for vaccination, the commitment and fixity of purpose of the health team, the officers from the Jamaica Defence Force and Jamaica Constabulary Force, and other support staff. This was truly a remarkable effort,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, April 22, 2021 9:49:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Jamaica, like other developing countries across the globe, still suffers from the lack of access and certainty around vaccines. Many manufacturers are still not able to meet their supply quota and are struggling due to the lack of ingredients to make sufficient vaccines,” “According to World Health Organization (WHO) statistics, only 6.51 per cent of the world's population has been vaccinated with at least one dose. While Jamaica is now slightly above this average at seven per cent, this slow pace of international vaccination is contrasted with the developed countries who are at an average rate of approximately 40 per cent” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, April 22, 2021 9:49:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton told : “The threat of vaccine nationalism must be confronted,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, April 22, 2021 9:49:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Based on our epidemiological assessment, there is some movement in the right direction as it relates to the degree of spread, hospitalisation, and those who have been worst affected from this virus,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, April 22, 2021 7:24:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Success in the fight against this global pandemic requires collaboration and cooperation. The Government and people of Jamaica are grateful to the Government and people of Canada for this donation, which will help to boost our local response actions,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, April 21, 2021 10:22:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton stated : “It's important to get the second dose within a period of time to complete the process to give you the maximum protection. Getting the first dose is not justification for deciding that you're going to resume the parties [and] the gatherings beyond the limits established. In other words, getting the first dose is not a free paper to do as you like. You still have the burden of responsibility to protect yourself; you can still be exposed, you can still get the virus and can still be impacted, but also to protect others,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, April 16, 2021 10:52:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton explained : “Secondly, there are other things to do in public health, it is not just about COVID,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, April 15, 2021 8:42:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “I also must commend those who came out to get their vaccines. I think it's a definite show of improved confidence in the process to inoculate the population against COVID-19, and that's a very positive thing,” “I do believe, though, that we are still plagued by vaccine hesitancy, and it is going to represent the most significant threat to dealing with COVID-19, and it does require a greater effort from all of us to push for acceptance,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, April 14, 2021 3:58:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “There are people who discourage other people from taking the vaccine, whether in the health centre context, at home, or in the community, and some of those persons are family members. We will continue to push back against this, and we have to do a lot more to push back,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, April 13, 2021 6:54:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “There are people who discourage other people from taking the vaccine, whether in the health centre context, at home, or in the community, and some of those persons are family members. We will continue to push back against this, and we have to do a lot more to push back,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, April 13, 2021 8:52:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “From the perspective of the exposure of tourism workers to foreigners who come in as our guests, it’s important to protect them and to get the market to appreciate that they are protected, but they will also be protecting those who come,” “So, it is a good decision, I think at this stage, to begin to start looking at certain industries and giving them that support, and tourism represents that; so, we hope that as many tourism workers as possible will come out and get the jab” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, April 12, 2021 10:33:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “At the end of the day, we are going to look at the numbers. Look at where they are. Sometimes it is a matter of logistics too in terms of where the centres are located. So, we tweaked it as we go along and then make a determination. So, I will be in a better position later on today to determine whether it was a success or not,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, April 12, 2021 10:24:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton told : “Yes, there are people who discourage other people from taking the vaccine, whether in the health centre context, at home, or in the community, and some of those persons are family members. We will continue to push back against this, and we have to do a lot more to push back,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, April 12, 2021 2:46:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “It has become more of an issue, because the anti-vaccination movement has become well-resourced and has utilised alternative media to push this narrative that somehow vaccination is bad for you. But the truth is that vaccines have saved many lives; in fact, the World Health Organisation says vaccines save 2 million lives a year,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, April 12, 2021 2:46:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Frankly speaking, I pity those persons, because what they are actually doing by advancing that argument is putting themselves and their families at risk. Those who buy into that narrative and who may want to put themselves at risk, that is their choice, but they should not try to put others at risk,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, April 12, 2021 2:46:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : "But so far, so good. Let's see if it continues," External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, April 12, 2021 12:33:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “I want to give a lot of thanks to the organisers NERHA; for the most part I think persons are happy with what is happening and I am certainly pleased with what I am seeing,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, April 11, 2021 3:15:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “I think it is an unfortunate step that has been taken by a small group of individuals who are key to the proper functioning of our economic activity, given the importance of the role they play,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, April 10, 2021 3:01:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : "The facility has come at a very important time to deal with the overflow of COVID positive cases in the parish, and I am sure the doctors and nurses will appreciate doing what they can do to provide as best as possible a response to COVID infections in the parish," External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, April 10, 2021 3:01:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton explained : “We have to start planning to get back into the classrooms, and our children are waiting on that, and we are anxious, as a Government, to ensure that the education system begins to function in the normal way. And if you go by the two-jab arrangement, it’s important to get our teachers started now so that when they are to get the second jab in eight to 10 weeks, they would be protected in time for the resumption of face-to-face sessions, perhaps in September or before,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, April 9, 2021 9:55:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton declared : “What we really want to get out of this is a unified message to the country, to the people of Jamaica, that this is a risk that affects all of us and so it requires a solution from all of us,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, April 6, 2021 8:37:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The fact is that, beyond a certain point you really are testing with the same results, because that's the way the statistical modelling works… I do agree that there is a level at which you should not go below, but there are optimal levels and there are levels at which diminishing return sets in, unless your objective is to test to determine infection as opposed to prevention of the infection,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, April 5, 2021 6:12:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “I think our efforts are better placed on pushing for the protocols to be observed and, of course, in the vaccine plan that we are now rolling out,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, April 5, 2021 6:12:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton explained ( about Kingston Public ) : “There are some thirteen hospitals, including Kingston Public and the University Hospital, that are now in the red alert zone and they have all exceed 100% of their COVID-19 isolation capacity. To exceed the capacity means that we now have to house positive patients who have to be hospitalized under less than ideal circumstances. In other words, we have to put them in makeshift sections of the hospital. That is the clearest indicator of a system being overwhelmed — in some cases, up to 150% of capacity,” External link

sunstkitts Wednesday, March 31, 2021 4:49:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “This is a very volatile marketplace and it is a global challenge ... . However, the chances of the market becoming a lot more available for vaccines are greatly enhanced,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, March 31, 2021 9:11:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “We (had) about 64,000 doses so we are just about at the half-way mark and so we will continue to administer what we have. We do expect a shipment (of) 26,000 doses in early April, beyond that, we will have to see how the availability is,” External link

jamaica-star Sunday, March 28, 2021 9:11:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : "The day started very well and the numbers are picking up nicely," External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, March 28, 2021 8:43:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton added : "I think at this rate we will get to the 1,000 at 3 o'clock which is the scheduled cut off for appointments but persons in will be vaccinated," External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, March 28, 2021 8:43:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : "What we are hoping for is that overtime the vaccine market will free up and we will be able to have more vaccine blitz across the island," External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, March 28, 2021 8:43:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton stated : “The real challenge is over the next month to six weeks and we have to manage that. If we have to suspend for a while, we will just have to. It would be regrettable, but it is a possibility,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, March 27, 2021 11:33:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton asserted : “Vaccine nationalism is real, and it does undermine the concept of vaccine equity, which is something that COVAX was intended to achieve, but now has become a victim of because they can’t get the supplies,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, March 27, 2021 11:33:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton told : “It has been very difficult. In fact, Jamaica was the first country in the Caribbean to receive commercial doses. Now we have a formalised announcement that there is going to be a delay because India wants to keep the vaccine for its population because of the surges in that country,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, March 26, 2021 4:02:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “I am not going to play prophet or God to predict with certainty anything. This is a very volatile marketplace [and] situation. It is a global challenge, so I'm not going to speak with absolute certainty. What I will say, however, is that the chances of the market becoming a lot more available for vaccines are greatly enhanced, I think over the next two to three months, because the countries that are not holding back supplies from exports are using the supplies that they have for their internal population. I think it is a matter of time before they reach a particular point, either because of vaccine hesitancy or them exhausting the population that they are targeting, there will be vaccines available for the rest of the world” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, March 26, 2021 4:02:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The science of immunisation is that it saves lives. It has helped us as mankind to develop and overcome major obstacles in terms of diseases,” “As a country, we have been immunising our population for a long time. It is what we used to eliminate polio, control measles, chickenpox, mumps, significantly preventing premature deaths and allowing life expectancy to be what it is today, which is 74 years for men and 76 years for women” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, March 25, 2021 9:03:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “What it will do is enforce the health and safety measures so that we ensure that persons who breach the laws can be held accountable,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, March 24, 2021 12:05:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Given the statistics and social and economic consequences, NCDs have to be a major priority for the Government and public health system and should be for the citizens of Jamaica at large,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, March 24, 2021 10:03:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “It is not painful. I am just a bit nervous with so many of you (journalists) here today. I have deliberately chosen the Spanish Town Hospital to show that we are in a state of readiness,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, March 22, 2021 9:22:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton told : “It's one vial — 10 doses. It is not a case with multiple vials and multiple doses,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, March 21, 2021 11:47:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “We start with the 75 years and over, so if you're 75 years old and over, if your mother is 75 years old and over, your father, your uncle, your brother, and you want to help them... come Monday, you call this number and you will get on the other end, a response,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, March 20, 2021 2:44:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “It is much as what we see as to what we do. Frontline workers are vulnerable and in my instance, I am much a frontline worker as anybody else. I am out in the field. The truth is all elected officials go out in the field and provide leadership on the ground, so we are all exposed,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, March 20, 2021 10:32:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “This means we are just short six percentage points of the overall number we have set, which I think is very good,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, March 20, 2021 9:28:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton noted : “We have administered, I’m told, up to today, nearly 1,700 vials each with 10 doses. We are now at 34 per cent of our target for the month and just one per cent of target for the year, so we still have a long way to go,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, March 20, 2021 9:28:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “We start with the 75 years and over, so if you’re 75 years old and over, if your mother is 75 years old and over, your father, your uncle, your brother, and you want to help them... come Monday, you call this number and you will get on the other end, a response,” External link

jamaica-star Saturday, March 20, 2021 8:02:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Even though there is one number, that number allows multiple persons to call and multiple persons on the other end of the line to answer,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, March 19, 2021 2:10:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The vaccine plan assumes as a routine, not based on any call by anybody, auditing the process to ensure that we report on the usage of each dose, and so it is in that audit that that particular breach was picked up,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, March 18, 2021 10:50:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The fact that we have picked it up, if we weren’t auditing, we wouldn’t have picked it up, and it could be more prevalent rather than stopping it,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, March 18, 2021 10:50:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton told : “It’s one vial - 10 doses. It is not a case with multiple vials and multiple doses,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, March 18, 2021 10:50:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “It’s important that Jamaica appreciate the important role of our security personnel, JDF (Jamaica Defence Force) and JCF. They are front-line workers. They are the ones in the fields every day and interact with the general public and interact with the public on the COVID response in terms of enforcing the rules of engagement, the quarantine, and so on,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, March 18, 2021 10:50:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said ( about Keith Duncan ) : “The vaccine plan for [phase two] had tourism, banking and a number of sectors that would be given priority as part of restoring economic normality, which is essential in order for us to get back on track. I have been in conversation with Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica President Keith Duncan and we have added to that group the BPO sector. This is important for job creation and foreign exchange earnings as well as the construction sector, retail and distribution,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, March 17, 2021 8:42:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “I doubt that allegation, but if it were to happen, those who are held responsible will be brought to book very severely because that would be a major breach of the trust that we would place in our medical team to deliver vaccines in a very equitable way,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, March 17, 2021 10:37:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Many of them turned up and brought with them their significant other, their caregivers, or their very close friends,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, March 17, 2021 10:37:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton added : “The truth is because we were serving private practitioners ... so you come to a location and you see a lot of not-so-inexpensive cars, persons who are in line, there is an impression that is formed that it is an uptown crowd, and the truth is that category of persons who were being served at that time would create that impression,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, March 17, 2021 10:37:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Jamaica has done well, to date. We have a spike now, but after 12 months, we have done well, when compared to the rest of the world, thanks to our public health team and the strategy they have deployed,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, March 17, 2021 1:39:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “We have a lot of work to do as leaders in this country. We cannot face a crisis of this proportion, global in scope, significant in terms of devastation and potential and impact on every single sector, and you don’t approach it with a solution that includes everybody,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, March 17, 2021 1:36:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Jamaica has done well, to date. We have a spike now, but after 12 months, we have done well, when compared to the rest of the world, thanks to our public health team and the strategy they have deployed,” External link

jis Tuesday, March 16, 2021 10:54:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Our position is that we remain committed to the vaccine and the efficacy of the vaccine as outlined by experts and the WHO [World Health Organization]. The WHO's position remains, and the vaccine has been administered to millions of persons so far around the world, and we have not had incidents that could change that expert view that it is an effective and safe vaccine,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, March 16, 2021 8:26:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “It really is significant that one year exactly to the day after discovering the first COVID-19 case, we are now administering the first set of jabs. It has been a challenging year between those two dates. There have been many victories, a few defeats, and we have learnt a lot,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, March 16, 2021 6:56:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “It's good to see all hands on deck in the COVID response. Sandals continues to be a good corporate citizen. I salute them for their efforts and hope others will follow,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, March 16, 2021 6:56:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “with these additional doses, Jamaica will continue to vaccinate members of the priority groups, including healthcare workers, members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF), senior parliamentarians and elders in institutions” External link

jis Tuesday, March 16, 2021 6:00:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton noted : “We are pleased that Jamaica is the first country in the Caribbean to receive vaccines under the COVAX Facility. Vaccination has proven an undeniable success in the public health toolkit to reduce the burden of infectious disease and vaccines under the COVAX facility represents a key part of our response to this global pandemic. The amount received will be used to inoculate our healthcare workers and other frontline workers, who have been at the core of our COVID-19 response,” External link

reliefWeb Tuesday, March 16, 2021 4:12:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton noted : “We are pleased that Jamaica is the first country in the Caribbean to receive vaccines under the COVAX Facility. Vaccination has proven an undeniable success in the public health toolkit to reduce the burden of infectious disease and vaccines under the COVAX facility represents a key part of our response to this global pandemic. The amount received will be used to inoculate our healthcare workers and other frontline workers, who have been at the core of our COVID-19 response,” External link

cnc3 Tuesday, March 16, 2021 5:26:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton noted : “We are pleased that Jamaica is the first country in the Caribbean to receive vaccines under the COVAX Facility. Vaccination has proven an undeniable success in the public health toolkit to reduce the burden of infectious disease and vaccines under the COVAX facility represents a key part of our response to this global pandemic. The amount received will be used to inoculate our healthcare workers and other frontline workers, who have been at the core of our COVID-19 response,” External link

stabroeknews Tuesday, March 16, 2021 4:36:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton told : “It depends on how quickly we get through some of the other priority groups … . It would be April, not March, but April,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, March 13, 2021 12:42:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton told : “The facility here is very laid out. All the stages of registration, counselling, vaccine administration, observation, and documentation are in place. The facility is very comfortable and the staff here are all motivated. I’m very pleased with what I’m seeing,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, March 12, 2021 10:25:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Our position remains the same, informed by the WHO, that the vaccine is safe,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, March 12, 2021 2:18:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton told : “We expect that there is going to be suspicion out of uncertainty and outright rejection of the vaccine. It’s all around us,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, March 11, 2021 9:30:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton remarked : “There’s a lot of price increases because of the supply and demand issue. We have some challenges ahead, but we are working on it,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, March 11, 2021 9:30:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Although age, genetics, family history and other medical conditions, like diabetes and inflammatory bowel disease, may increase one’s risk, we can control the many other major risk factors. One such is the impact of our lifestyle choices. Our diet, for a start, is an area over which we have control to make our own decisions,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, March 10, 2021 10:30:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The health ministry is encouraging all Jamaicans to participate in all the exciting initiatives during the month, and share what they are doing with them. Learn as much as you can, encourage your friends to join in on all the fun you are going to have and most of all, enjoy your baskets of healthy foods, compliments of RADA,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, March 10, 2021 10:30:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Jamaican people will die. It’s as simple as that,” External link

sunstkitts Monday, March 8, 2021 3:13:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The truth is we do not have enough policemen or soldiers to police every shop in Jamaica, to police every beach in Jamaica, to look over every single individual in this country, and it is downright unfair for persons to blame our public health officials, our public health teams, our doctors, and our nurses when they cannot get through at a hospital because they are there because they went to the party that they should not have gone to, or to the beach or the funeral that they should not have congregated at and have picked up the virus, and then they expect the Government or the public health system to solve the problem. And if we don’t do it, we get cuss,” External link

sunstkitts Monday, March 8, 2021 3:13:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “We will continue to do what we must as a public health system, as a Government. We will work hard to provide the beds, to ensure that the doctors are alert, to ensure that you get triaged or looked after when you turn up, but the reality is there is so much and no more of us. There are so many beds and no more beyond a certain point, and, truthfully, it doesn’t have to be this way, we don’t have to have the overcrowding if we respect the protocols and take personal responsibility,” External link

sunstkitts Monday, March 8, 2021 3:13:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “I am told that by this weekend... Sunday, we should see patients being placed in this ward. There are at least six or seven that are ready to be put into the ward,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, March 8, 2021 10:33:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “It's a very timely delivery of this asset, because what it means is that we now have 36 additional beds to add to this western region. Already the hospitals here are at capacity, with Cornwall Regional over 130 per cent with COVID bed occupation,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, March 8, 2021 10:33:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton stated : “All the support systems are in place for the facility to become operational,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, March 8, 2021 8:47:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton explained : “We have had to make some adjustments; the weather played a great part in influencing the delay, as for three weeks it rained,” “The landscaping was not in the original budget, but we got value for money” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, March 8, 2021 8:47:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton added : “Come Monday morning, six patients will be transferred to this new ward,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, March 8, 2021 8:47:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Five years ago when I came here (Falmouth), the bed count was under 100. Today, because of COVID-19 and what is happening at Cornwall Regional Hospital, the bed count is now 220. This further qualifies the hospital for Type B status,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, March 8, 2021 8:47:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Jamaicans, people will die! It’s as simple as that. I’m sorry if some persons are offended by this straight and plain talk. But I believe that it is very important that all of us appreciate and understand the consequences of our actions,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, March 8, 2021 2:01:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton stated : “This is not an attempt to rid [the] Government of its responsibilities, contrary to what some may say or some may think. The truth is, we do not have enough policemen or soldiers to police every shop in Jamaica, to police every beach in Jamaica, to look over every single individual in this country. And it is downright unfair for persons to blame our public health officials ... when they cannot get through at a hospital because they are there because they went to the party that they should not have gone to, or to the beach, or to the funeral they shouldn't have congregated at and picked up the virus; and then they expect the Government or the public health system to solve the problem, and if we don’t do it we get cuss,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, March 8, 2021 2:01:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “I am sorry if some persons are offended by this straight and plain talk but I believe that it is very important that all of us appreciate and understand the consequences of our action,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, March 8, 2021 1:13:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “We will continue to do what we must as a public health system, as a government. We will work hard to provide the beds, to ensure that the doctors are alert, to ensure that you get triaged or looked after when you turn up but the reality is there is so much and no more of us, there is so many beds and no more beyond a certain point, and truthfully, it doesn't have to be this way, we don't have to have the overcrowding if we respect the protocols and take personal responsibility,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, March 8, 2021 1:13:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton added : “We will now embark on one of the most significant logistics exercise that this country has seen but it is important that we recognise until then, we must observe the protocols. We must continue to wear the mask, continue to physical distance, continue to sanitise, otherwise we will see worse days ahead,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, March 8, 2021 1:13:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The Ministry of Health and Wellness has a responsibility to ensure that recommendations given from a policy level regarding medicines and therapeutics...[are only for those] medicines with proven safety, effectiveness and efficacy are available to the population,” “The use of unproven drugs can lead to a waste of resources, harmful effects and can also reduce the availability of the drug for its recommended use” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, March 7, 2021 1:37:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton asserted : “If it means taking action against those who may be responsible, we should not hesitate so to do,” “If it is about systemic failures, then those systems have to be corrected. Whatever it is, we must understand it and correct it. Asthma is too common an ailment in this country to have persons dying” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, March 7, 2021 9:09:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton added ( about Christopher Tufton ) : "All the support systems are in place for the facility to become operational,” stated Tufton following his tour. “The doctors and nurses and other needed staff have been recruited. The equipment, which is a gift from Pan American Health Authority Organization (PAHO), all brand new, has been installed. Come Monday morning, six patients will be transferred to this new ward," External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, March 6, 2021 8:50:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton explained ( about Christopher Tufton ) : “Five years ago when I came here (Falmouth) the bed count was under 100. Today, because of COVID-19 and what is happening at Cornwall Regional Hospital, the bed count is now 220. This further qualifies the hospital for Type B status," said Tufton. When questioned about the cost over-run incurred for the field hospital as a result of missing the original November 30, 2020 completion date, Tufton had this to say. "We have had to make some adjustments, the weather played a great part in influencing the delay as for three weeks it rained,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, March 6, 2021 8:50:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The Ministry of Health and Wellness fully supports the Heart Foundation's campaign, especially during the pandemic, as we need to emphasise the health risks of unhealthy foods and drinks to encourage Jamaicans to make healthier choices to protect themselves and our children from NCDs,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, March 5, 2021 12:52:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton stated : “Cornwall, as an institution providing health care remains intact. The doctors, the nurses, the lab services, cancer treatment, the dialysis … all of those are there. I am very proud of the team and the workers there who have really maintained that position for the interest of the people in the area,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, March 4, 2021 5:09:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton argued : “A hospital is not an apartment building. It is an extremely complicated environment that involves airflow and other issues around infection prevention and control, and experience plays an important part in the managing of the overall project,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, March 4, 2021 5:09:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “We are going to be setting up very large centres... we are going to have to pull on more than just public sector doctors and nurses. In order for us to move the numbers at the pace we would like, we are going to have to depend on the private sector doctors and nurses, retired doctors and nurses, the medical teams at the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF), for example, and a number of other competent individuals,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, March 3, 2021 12:20:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton stated : “We want to get that up to a minimum 60 per cent,” “We have some convincing to do. We want to start with our most important constituents nurses, doctors who are the drivers” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, March 3, 2021 12:20:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “No hospital should turn away anyone who has asthma attack ... ,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, March 3, 2021 10:59:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : "This supply represents a first instalment of a total allocation of some 124,800 doses of vaccine under the COVAX arrangement in the first instance," External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, March 1, 2021 9:30:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : "The mandate is to source and supply some 3.5 million doses of vaccine by March 2021 to apply to approximately 65 per cent of the Jamaican population," External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, March 1, 2021 9:30:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : "Our target is some 65 per cent of that group and based on the information that we have- again it's further justification for what we've been saying all along that there is still a lot of work to be done to get Jamaicans to appreciate the value of the vaccine and then taking the vaccine," External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, March 1, 2021 9:30:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton noted ( about Health Centre ) : “Health workers are under tremendous pressure, emotionally and physically. Therefore, any help must be welcome. Health workers are at the front in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, so much so that they are always at risk,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, February 27, 2021 9:53:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Can you imagine if we didn’t have health centres during this time? We know that things would have been unbearable,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, February 27, 2021 9:53:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “We are ready. We can administer the vaccine,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, February 25, 2021 8:29:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The dosages are very small, compact, so it doesn’t require a lot of space to transport quite a lot of dosages, so that is fine,” “We could literally put it on a panel van with the ice pack and the igloo and preserve the temperature” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, February 25, 2021 8:29:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said ( about National Health ) : "In visiting two of the National Health Fund’s facilities today, I got to tour two of their cold storage units which will be used to store and maintain the viability of the COVID-19 vaccine," External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, February 25, 2021 5:16:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “There are other challenges there too but we are working to expand the staffing capacity; each regional health authority has been instructed to hire additional staff based on their needs assessment. The hiring of additional staff is extremely important,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, February 24, 2021 12:48:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “are are very close to being deployed,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, February 24, 2021 12:48:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “It is really difficult. As much as I would like to provide specific dates...I will wait until we get confirmation of the shipment. We think it will happen, but the question is the time period,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, February 24, 2021 11:44:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Persons who may have been retired who still have the energy and the interest, we would like to bring them back on board, at least for a period of time to deal with the challenges that we face,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, February 24, 2021 10:01:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton told : “There is no $422 million being spent on marketing and public relations. There is a general category in the vaccine plan that deals with demand generation and communication, which was interpreted as marketing and public relations. A breakout of the figures clearly demonstrates that this should not be a traditional interpretation of marketing and PR,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, February 22, 2021 2:28:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “In keeping with the prime minister's instructions, I have asked for a review to see if further adjustments can be made to achieve the objectives that have been set” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, February 22, 2021 2:28:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton told : “Jamaica has always indicated its policy position around vaccines, and it is that we have to ensure that the vaccines we bring in, promote and administer to the public go through critical stages of trials and are signed off on by the World Health Organization (WHO),” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, February 21, 2021 10:56:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton noted : “It may not be the quantities that we would like but we have committed to purchasing 3.5 million doses, enough for two million people during this budget. So the resources are there,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, February 21, 2021 10:56:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “I am not envious of what they need to do, because it is a lot. Sometimes we get the impression when we see $400 million believing it’s a lot,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, February 20, 2021 8:50:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “There was a hitch, in that there was a budgetary period which ended, and so the incentive payment was essentially discontinued or had expired,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, February 19, 2021 3:03:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “In addition to that, remember that our commitment is to secure vaccines that are safe and [which] go through the process and that is how we have operated to date,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, February 19, 2021 11:44:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “We are pursuing the legal option. We want to test the law in court. I can't tell you how it will turn out, but at least it will ventilate the issue,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, February 19, 2021 8:33:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “It was a good meeting. We had extensive conversations; we looked at some of the challenges that we are now facing, associated with the surge and some of the approaches that might need to be adjusted to dealing with that, as well as, as I said, the arrangement around vaccine and access,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, February 18, 2021 12:30:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The MOU is focusing on accessing vaccines, not for profit, but to get the economy and the people within the country sufficiently safe so we can get back up and running quickly. That is a very important point to note. So it's not that the private sector is seeking a return on this particular venture, but they see the value and the return in a more substantial way in getting the economy back up and running,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, February 17, 2021 2:53:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “No. In fact, it will enhance the arrangements that are stated in the plan because we are going to attempt to access more vaccines, and by accessing more vaccines we can deal with the vulnerable quicker and the balance of the population in a much more speedier approach,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, February 17, 2021 2:53:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The vaccine is not mandatory now; right now it is really about moral suasion, which is why we have to get the country to appreciate why it is important,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, February 17, 2021 2:14:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said ( about Jamaica Chamber ) : “On behalf of the government of Jamaica, through the Ministry of Health and Wellness, we welcome this partnership with the private sector as we all share the common goal of ensuring that we recover from this pandemic in a manner that sees our citizens safe,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, February 16, 2021 9:07:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “It is a crazy situation when people leave their significant others at hospitals. The situation has to be challenged in the courts,” “A lawyer has been engaged to see how we can address it” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, February 16, 2021 10:54:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “This is good news for us, as a country, as we move closer to the introduction of vaccines in the island, as part of our COVID-19 response. We can now further seek out other sources that have these approved vaccines available, even as we anticipate the arrival of some doses of these COVID-19 vaccines manufactured by AstraZeneca in the coming weeks through the COVAX facility,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, February 16, 2021 12:31:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton cited ( about Errol Greene ) : "I think it (field hospital) will be a very important addition to the COVID ward capacity that we need in the region. I looked at the numbers this (yesterday) morning on my way here, and as attested by the regional director, Errol Greene, we are under pressure in the region. There is 90 per cent (occupancy) or a little over 90 per cent of our COVID wards. It's the highest it has been since we have had to deal with COVID in the region," "It is certainly higher than the national average of 85 per cent. So Western Jamaica is under pressure. And at this rate, if we continue to see increases in numbers of COVID cases, you are likely to see increases of hospitalisation because the two are related and then from there you are likely to see greater burden on the public health system," External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, February 14, 2021 12:07:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “It is not just about how many people get COVID because I think we have long established that people will get COVID,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, February 13, 2021 7:21:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “From a COVID ward care perspective, you do need certified clinicians, nurses, and doctors,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, February 13, 2021 7:21:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “So, the public can feel safe that when we endorse and make available a vaccine for the population, the country would have taken all the safeguards to protect the health of the populace,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, February 13, 2021 10:23:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The length of time for development and the side effects have created a real narrative and a real challenge for Jamaica,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, February 12, 2021 6:49:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “We can help to avert the negative financial implications associated with the failure to constructively and consistently engage on mental issues. Mental health is a big issue, even before COVID, and it is a bigger issue now,” External link

jis Friday, February 12, 2021 4:52:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton told : “What has been more important to us is that the vaccines are safe and deemed so to be by the competent authority, which is the World Health Organization, and that is what has driven us to date, nothing else,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, February 12, 2021 11:01:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The length of time for development and the side effects have created a real narrative and a real challenge for Jamaica,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, February 12, 2021 11:01:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “It is not just about how many people get COVID because I think we have long established that people will get COVID,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, February 12, 2021 11:01:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “From a COVID ward care perspective, you do need certified clinicians, nurses, and doctors,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, February 12, 2021 11:01:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Our number one priority remains safety and the Government through the ministry, will continue to seek out all avenues to the best health outcome for every citizen,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, February 12, 2021 7:05:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton admitted : “This is the highest rate we have seen in any single period of testing…which would create another sort of record for a 24-hour cycle,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, February 9, 2021 7:19:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton told : “Our usual approach is to report to Cabinet for their consideration and decision on measures to be taken. We are examining the number to determine specific geographic or institutional areas of concern, including contact tracing, to determine source of spread,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, February 7, 2021 10:07:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The cases are arising more and more out of symptomatic persons presenting to health facilities. Symptomatic persons are not taking precautions at home with the result that contact tracing is yielding several positives in the households and communities. Many of these contacts are without symptoms and are not adhering to any infection prevention and control measures,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, February 6, 2021 3:55:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton added : “COVID-19 is not over; it is still a clear and present danger, as we investigate these cases, we expect that our numbers may increase even further, therefore, we need to keep washing our hands frequently or using hand sanitiser, keeping a physical distance of six feet from others; wearing our masks; avoiding crowded situations, and adhering to all the measures outlined in the Disaster Risk Management Act,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, February 6, 2021 3:55:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton added : “COVID-19 is not over; it is still a clear and present danger, as we investigate these cases, we expect that our numbers may increase even further, therefore, we need to keep washing our hands frequently or using hand sanitiser, keeping a physical distance of six feet from others; wearing our masks; avoiding crowded situations, and adhering to all the measures outlined in the Disaster Risk Management Act,” External link

jamaica-star Saturday, February 6, 2021 3:24:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton added : “COVID-19 is not over; it is still a clear and present danger, as we investigate these cases, we expect that our numbers may increase even further, therefore, we need to keep washing our hands frequently or using hand sanitiser, keeping a physical distance of six feet from others; wearing our masks; avoiding crowded situations, and adhering to all the measures outlined in the Disaster Risk Management Act,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, February 5, 2021 11:49:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton added : “COVID-19 is not over; it is still a clear and present danger, as we investigate these cases, we expect that our numbers may increase even further, therefore, we need to keep washing our hands frequently or using hand sanitizer, keeping a physical distance of six feet from others; wearing our masks; avoiding crowded situations, and adhering to all the measures outlined in the Disaster Risk Management Act,” External link

jis Friday, February 5, 2021 10:15:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Our commitment has been to explore other options for vaccines outside of the COVAX facility,” External link

news-yahoo Friday, February 5, 2021 3:33:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The Heart Foundation embodies what it means to be committed to a cause, and for me, there is no greater cause than public health,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, February 5, 2021 9:20:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “COVID-19 puts people with NCDs at higher risk of death and severe illness with the disease. A look at the COVID-19-related deaths in Jamaica makes the point — of the 339 deceased cases up to January 25, 2021, some 198, or 58.4 per cent, had a cardiovascular disease,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, February 5, 2021 9:20:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton admitted : “It is a concern for a couple of reasons. It's a concern based on our experience with the last new vaccine that we tried to administer, or that we have been administering to the country,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, February 3, 2021 10:00:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton stated : “This means that some 125,000 Jamaicans could receive the vaccine in the latter part of February into March,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, February 3, 2021 2:33:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton stated : “But to date, so far, so good, the commitments have remained true,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, February 3, 2021 2:33:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “A lovely parish, a Garden Parish with all the beautiful people, but too many of these beautiful people don’t want to hide their beauty enough to wear a mask,” “If you don’t follow the rules, we’re going to act in the interest of all concerned” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, February 1, 2021 9:28:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton told : “There may be some who can afford to pay for it, and they should. I would encourage it, frankly speaking,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, January 29, 2021 10:47:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “I don't think we should ignore that principle should equally apply to source a commodity that is important to addressing COVID and serve the greater good of our population; there may be some that can afford to pay for it — and they should and I would encourage it frankly speaking — and for those who can't, the public health system has an obligation to ensure that they get,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, January 29, 2021 9:44:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton declared : “I have to use the occasion to appeal to the residents of the parish of Manchester, who depend on a facility such as this one, and other health care facilities, and without which they would have much more challenges...to the extent that we can put less of a burden on the public health system [as] it is really serving your personal interest as well as the interest of the community,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, January 29, 2021 9:44:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton added : “We are heading for trouble if we don't change course,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, January 29, 2021 9:44:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton added : “The extent that you can take the extra precaution, I am urging you to take that extra precaution. None of us can afford to feel that, because a hospital is here, and we have dedicated staff, and because we have new ambulance...you can therefore become irresponsible about your behaviour, because there is always somewhere to go for a prescription or a bed or a surgeon or a nurse,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, January 29, 2021 9:44:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “It is not always going to be like that. If all of us are irresponsible, that is just the practical reality that we face. So it is important that we appeal to each other for responsible behaviour, as we seek to support the collective effort to overcome COVID and the other risks that we face,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, January 29, 2021 9:44:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “With a positivity rate over the last two weeks of 27.8 per cent, let me put it in context – the country has a positivity rate during that same period of just under 11 per cent. Manchester positivity rate means that for every 100 persons that are tested for COVID almost 28 are positive for COVID,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, January 29, 2021 9:44:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “There are many tropical fruits and vegetables that are fresh from the fields that are without chemicals or preservatives, are natural, have complex carbohydrates, proteins and nutritional value. You are better off focusing on that kind of consumption,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, January 29, 2021 12:21:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton added : “For us, amber means the next stage is red, and that doesn’t translate to stop. It means people are going to have a difficulty accessing care,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, January 28, 2021 10:19:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “That will be monitored carefully. We will look at what the hospitalisation rate is, positivity rate is, and what the compliance rates are and that [assessment] triggers either an easing of those restrictions, maintaining or expanding,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, January 28, 2021 10:19:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Anything is possible, but it doesn’t mean it is going to happen” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, January 28, 2021 10:19:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton told : “While the Government would be seeking to target the most vulnerable, if the private sector targets some of the most vulnerable and some of the others, you still get to a number that would give the entire population a benefit,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, January 28, 2021 10:19:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “We have discussed a few logistic issues in terms of timelines and some of the other issues that are necessary to ensure that the work continues on the ground,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, January 27, 2021 2:24:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton explained : “That discussion was good, we expressed our thanks as a government, and also as the Western Regional Health Authority and as a hospital. It’s about a commitment to cooperate, to work with the hospital and the people,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, January 27, 2021 2:24:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “What you have learnt represents the best practices and it is up to you to go and deliver. There is a lot that is riding on your shoulders,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, January 27, 2021 10:20:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Further to the announcement that Cabinet had given approval for the ministry to source safe vaccines from other facilities outside of the COVAX Facility, I am pleased to announce that meetings have been held with the Ambassadors of China, Cuba and India,” “During these meetings we have expressed Jamaica's interest in obtaining vaccines from these countries, once they become available and are safe for our population. These countries are well advanced in the research and clinical trials of vaccines,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, January 27, 2021 7:09:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “What you have learnt represents the best practices and it is up to you to go and deliver. There is a lot that is riding on your shoulders,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, January 26, 2021 9:40:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “There is no law, particularly if they are a trained clinician, a doctor that would allow us to go in and to sort of confiscate what they have and to sort of enforce in that way,” External link

stabroeknews Tuesday, January 26, 2021 5:48:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “These countries are well advanced in the research and clinical trials of their vaccines. Our number one priority remains the safety of our people,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, January 26, 2021 11:59:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “There is no law, particularly if they are a trained clinician, a doctor that would allow us to go in and to sort of confiscate what they have and to sort of enforce in that way,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, January 26, 2021 10:32:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “If in the assessment of the public health and the education fraternity in the parish, led of course by the Ministry, there is a concern that would necessitate that decision, then that decision will be announced,” “The need was not determined that that is the direction that we should go and therefore we continue to have face to face in those cases where they have been established,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, January 26, 2021 1:42:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “During the period, gatherings in a public place should not exceed 10 persons and markets and vending in public arcades and public transportation centres are only allowed between the hours of 6:00 am and 6:00 pm,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, January 25, 2021 11:15:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The ministry does not include unauthorised tests. We do, however, have an established healthcare infrastructure involved in monitoring the status of the virus in the population and we have confidence in those numbers,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, January 24, 2021 10:48:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Nothing prevents a doctor from doing a test and there is nothing that prescribes where he can do it. That’s the challenge,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, January 24, 2021 10:48:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “This comes against the background of what we know is an extremely stressful time for many individuals, including our young people, and given what we know of mental illness in our local and global contexts,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, January 22, 2021 9:15:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton added : “It means, ladies and gentlemen, that we must act quickly and decisively to respond to the needs of those among us who are in need of mental health support. Today's 32 graduates of the Basic Psychological First Aid Training Certification, provided by the Jamaica Red Cross, make up the first cohort of persons who will serve as our 'Reach Out Rangers' to help us do just that,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, January 22, 2021 9:15:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton declared : “I am happy to report that the programme is receiving a high level of interest from the Jamaican public. We have, over the last month to two months, received in excess of 130 volunteer applications. We are currently vetting the list of persons and will, in the next week to two weeks, train another 50 persons,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, January 22, 2021 9:15:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “All of those represent a way of life that oftentimes facilitate mental health challenges,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, January 21, 2021 5:14:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “All of those represent a way of life that oftentimes facilitate mental health challenges,” External link

jis Thursday, January 21, 2021 4:56:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “We are building one at Falmouth (in Trelawny) and it will create excess capacity for any overflow, and that facility is expected to be ready for the middle of next month,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, January 21, 2021 10:21:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton added : “I am not saying that we can’t add one or two things. I would love to see us doing a little more surgeries, and maybe another one or two areas that we could add to facilitate the supporting infrastructure and so, but to build a field hospital as a replacement for what is here, we don’t think we are there yet, or at this point in time,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, January 21, 2021 10:21:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton argued : “If it’s a field hospital for general services, we are not of the view that we need a field hospital at this point in time,” “Again, we should not confuse the incomplete nature of the building with the service provision of the hospital, because the services are still there” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, January 21, 2021 10:21:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton noted : “The purpose of the public education and sensitisation campaign is to foster trust of the vaccine, dispel myths and misinformation, provide factual and accurate information about vaccination and gain public input in the vaccination strategies to be employed,” External link

jis Wednesday, January 20, 2021 8:40:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “I fully appreciate his anxiety, but we are faced with a very practical scenario and that is, that you can't access what is not available and that is the real challenge we face, and I say this respectfully: It is one thing to say we have to achieve 60 per cent to get to herd immunity but if the supplies are just not there, they are just not there,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, January 20, 2021 12:44:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton added : “We will need a bipartisan approach; 16 per cent is a conservative figure, [but] I do believe we will get more,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, January 20, 2021 12:44:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “This past week I met with the Chinese Embassy around the Adolescent and Paediatric Hospital, and as you know, that facility is going to be right here [on the grounds of the CRH]. The arrangements are now being put in place for a second work team to continue the work,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, January 19, 2021 11:07:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The delays we have suffered, linked to the Chinese buildout, are significantly influenced by COVID-19, because COVID-19 has restricted travel and a number of other things. That project is off schedule by just over a year, but that is largely a function of the COVID-19 virus and its impact on the movement of people and materials,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, January 19, 2021 11:07:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “They continue to do great work in terms of cancer treatment, dialysis has expanded, and I could go on. So from the service perspective, we have to continue to recognise and salute the work that has been done on the ground and is being done — and last year was no exception,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, January 18, 2021 3:06:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “I am very satisfied, having had those discussions, that there is a commitment to continue to assist and continue to provide the leadership that has been provided, and to continue the collaboration with the clinical team,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, January 18, 2021 3:06:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton explained : “So, that project is off by just over a year but largely a function of the virus and its impact on the movement of people and material, and all that,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, January 18, 2021 3:06:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “I remain proud of the team, because Cornwall Regional as a clinical service provider, has not budged in terms of those services and again I keep saying to persons that they must make a distinction between the building and the service provision, the work is going on,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, January 18, 2021 1:55:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “They continue to do great work in terms of cancer treatment, dialysis has expanded and I could go on. So from the service perspective, we have to continue to recognize and salute the work that has been done on the ground and is being done, and last year was no exception,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, January 18, 2021 1:55:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton added : “That discussion was good, we expressed our thanks as usual as a government, but also as a regional authority. The response is that it is about a re-commitment to co-operate, to work with the hospital and the people because… it really is part of ministry to help those who are less fortunate and there is a lot of demonstration of that by just making the facility available,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, January 18, 2021 1:55:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “I am very satisfied having had those discussions that there is a commitment to continue to assist and continue to provide the leadership that has been provided, and to continue the collaboration with the clinical team,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, January 18, 2021 1:55:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “I have been very frank to say that there needs to be a rethink, based on an analysis of what has happened to date. Frankly speaking, Cornwall needs to be a teaching moment for all of us, because there are plans to build [and] renovate several hospitals and we have to take the lessons learned here at this facility to inform us on the way forward,” “In terms of other renovations that are coming up and new hospitals that are to be built, [we must have] a maintenance schedule, so we never ever get to the point where a hospital collapses, because that is what has happened as it relates to this building,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, January 17, 2021 9:37:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton stated : “We should not confuse the incomplete nature of the building with the service provision of the hospital, because the services are still there,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, January 17, 2021 11:51:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “We are trying to secure for the population,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, January 17, 2021 10:07:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “I am not sure where my parliamentary colleague would have gotten that figure, as that is not the figure I have been working with or that I have been informed of,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, January 16, 2021 4:17:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Right now the numbers are suggesting that too many of us are not taking this issue seriously... I just walk from down at the gas station to this point [ the bus park], and I must tell you for every ten people, five of them are not wearing mask which means half of you are exposing yourself and putting yourself at risk,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, January 15, 2021 5:38:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The ministry, in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, will begin the process of exploring how we can leverage our international engagements to secure additional supply access for safe vaccines,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, January 15, 2021 3:26:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton informed : “I can announce that, further to my update in November, the ministry has been advised by the COVAX Facility that the first batch of vaccines that are due in April 2021, has been increased from an original one per cent to five per cent. This represents a total of approximately 292,000 doses, enough to vaccinate approximately 146,000 Jamaicans,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, January 15, 2021 3:26:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “It is another case of our working together as a team, as a country, to protect our population – our locals and those who visit,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, January 15, 2021 10:56:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “It is another case of our working together as a team, as a country, to protect our population – our locals and those who visit,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, January 15, 2021 2:13:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The interventions in Westmoreland have resulted in the reduction in reported cases to 51 active cases as at January 11, 2021. The total occupancy at the Savanna-la-Mar Hospital is now 56 per cent for isolation, a significant reduction from the above 80 per cent isolation occupancy reported in December,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, January 15, 2021 2:13:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : "This is the first and second highest rates in the island," External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, January 13, 2021 10:29:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton told : “The idea is to see to what extent any sort of government-to-government arrangement would allow us access to some of their vaccines coming out of those countries where manufacturing takes place,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, January 13, 2021 10:29:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The intention is to support measures to reduce alcohol abuse, not to stop alcohol consumption. This is important to understand. Alcohol abuse is a main contributor of lifestyle diseases and death. It’s important to discourage that,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, January 13, 2021 10:29:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The vaccination of the elderly and frontline workers who are most at risk is crucial to the overall efficacy of the programme,” “Through vaccination of the elderly, we will immediately cauterise the number of persons who have negative outcomes due an infection of COVID-19, and by vaccinating our frontline workers, greater levels of service delivery can be realised through the reduction of their risk profile based on infection” External link

stabroeknews Wednesday, January 13, 2021 9:28:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The vaccination of the elderly and frontline workers who are most at risk is crucial to the overall efficacy of the programme,” “Through vaccination of the elderly, we will immediately cauterise the number of persons who have negative outcomes due an infection of COVID-19, and by vaccinating our frontline workers, greater levels of service delivery can be realised through the reduction of their risk profile based on infection” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, January 13, 2021 3:23:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Going forward, the Government will now enter bilateral meetings with states to include India, China and Cuba, to ascertain their level of support and to determine the best arrangement for acquisition and distribution of safe vaccines to the population,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, January 13, 2021 3:23:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton told : “There are worrying signs on the horizon,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, January 13, 2021 2:18:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “As such, the Ministry of Health and Wellness has indicated to the Cabinet that we will not require an extension of the special restrictions for that parish beyond the current time period. We thank the citizens of the parish, especially their elected officials, for their support and cooperation and advise that only through your maintenance of the protocols can we maintain and further reduce the spread of the disease,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, January 13, 2021 2:18:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : "This is the first and second highest rates in the island," External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, January 13, 2021 2:15:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton urged : "It is at this time that we say to the citizens of these parishes that you can reduce the spread of disease through your actions," External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, January 13, 2021 2:15:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton told : “I think the short notice by the Canadians is a major issue for us and I suspect many other countries due to the impracticality of the requirement for countries, particularly where there is heavy traffic between Canada and those countries, to come up to speed in such a short space of time,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, January 10, 2021 10:23:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton insisted : “The Government clearly has nothing to hide and has approached the COVID response in a very transparent way,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, January 6, 2021 11:51:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “We have no evidence to suggest that the new strain is in the population. It could be, but we have no evidence to support that it is. We acted appropriately, as is now being demonstrated by the actions we took in regard to the quarantining of the plane that came in from the UK. The surveillance will determine in due course where we are,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, January 6, 2021 11:51:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton insisted : “The Government clearly has nothing to hide and has approached the COVID response in a very transparent way,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, January 5, 2021 10:45:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “We have no evidence to suggest that the new strain is in the population. It could be, but we have no evidence to support that it is. We acted appropriately, as is now being demonstrated by the actions we took in regard to the quarantining of the plane that came in from the UK. The surveillance will determine in due course where we are,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, January 5, 2021 10:45:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton noted : “The Ministry of Health & Wellness is monitoring the situation in the UK, including the outcomes of virological investigations, while preparing for an expected surge in local cases of COVID-19. These factors will influence the Ministry’s recommendation regarding the lifting of the travel ban” External link

jis Monday, January 4, 2021 7:41:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The advice is no different from what we have been giving [up to now]. Parents must recognise that COVID-19 is around and that community transmission is still there, and they should take the extra precautions when their children are going out in terms of mask-wearing, sanitising, and giving their children advice around the distancing to the extent they can social distance,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, January 4, 2021 5:30:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton added : “There are some protocols, too, as it relates to those children who are coming home, in terms of how they change their clothing, where they place their shoes when they take them off, that sort of thing. There are protocols that the Ministry of Education, in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, will provide to ensure that the information is there, and what we ask is that we follow the protocols,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, January 4, 2021 5:30:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “As of now, there’s no evidence to confirm that this makes you more ill or it affects the initiatives that are now in progress towards having a vaccine,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, January 3, 2021 10:52:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton added : “We are monitoring. We are learning as we go along. To date, the evidence is not so damning that one should feel more threatened, except, of course, it spreads more rapidly,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, January 3, 2021 10:52:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “While it is early days yet, the trends are showing an uptick in the number of cases being reported, especially in the western end of the island,” “We are concerned and continue to be concerned about certain parishes… Westmoreland was one of the key parishes that we spoke about, and there were added restrictions there, but there are others, and it is a matter that we have to monitor carefully and act appropriately in order to cauterize the situation,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, January 3, 2021 5:05:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “As of now, our vaccine options are confined to the COVAX facility that we have signed on to and coordinated by the WHO/PAHO (Pan American Health Organization). That would include Moderna, not Pfizer or the Cuban vaccines. The situation could change over time, but this is the current status and is based on our dependence on a few factors, including WHO to validate the vaccine trials, ensuring we get access to vaccine when available, and support on pricing,” External link

repeatingislands Saturday, January 2, 2021 9:31:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “As of now, our vaccine options are confined to the COVAX facility that we have signed on to and coordinated by the WHO/PAHO (Pan American Health Organization). That would include Moderna, not Pfizer or the Cuban vaccines. The situation could change over time, but this is the current status and is based on our dependence on a few factors, including WHO to validate the vaccine trials, ensuring we get access to vaccine when available, and support on pricing,” External link

stabroeknews Monday, December 28, 2020 9:05:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “There is no law to prevent anyone from taking a vaccine that the Government does not sanction. However, access may be difficult unless the person visit the jurisdiction where it is being administered,” External link

stabroeknews Monday, December 28, 2020 9:05:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “As of now, our vaccine options are confined to the COVAX facility that we have signed on to and coordinated by the WHO/PAHO (Pan American Health Organization). That would include Moderna, not Pfizer or the Cuban vaccines. The situation could change over time, but this is the current status and is based on our dependence on a few factors, including WHO to validate the vaccine trials, ensuring we get access to vaccine when available, and support on pricing,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, December 27, 2020 10:27:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “There is no law to prevent anyone from taking a vaccine that the Government does not sanction. However, access may be difficult unless the person visit the jurisdiction where it is being administered,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, December 27, 2020 10:27:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Some people breach the quarantine arrangement, yes, and when they are apprehended they can be charged or placed in a State facility of one form or another, so we do take action,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, December 25, 2020 9:24:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton told : “This has been a challenging year and for 2021, I certainly wish for all Jamaicans a COVID-free year,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, December 24, 2020 9:33:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton added : “This is a big wish because we certainly expect COVID to continue but hopefully with a vaccine in 2021 we can break the back of COVID. And I certainly wish for no deaths even if we have persons who are positive,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, December 24, 2020 9:33:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton declared : “We sometimes don't like to see others successful unfortunately, we disparage too much, we abuse online or otherwise, and I just think that as a society we need to show more compassion and I do hope that is reflected in the 2021 new year's resolutions,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, December 24, 2020 9:33:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “At this point in time, nobody has raised it with me,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, December 23, 2020 10:10:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “For the numbers for today [yesterday], we think we do [have capacity]. We are going to have to look at the numbers for tomorrow [today]. We are still working on that,” External link

stabroeknews Tuesday, December 22, 2020 10:17:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “For the numbers for today [yesterday], we think we do [have capacity]. We are going to have to look at the numbers for tomorrow [today]. We are still working on that,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, December 22, 2020 9:25:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton told : “I had meetings today [yesterday] with clinical experts on the new strain of the virus and the logistical connection between Jamaica and the UK,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, December 21, 2020 3:34:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton told ( about Andrew Holness ) : “It is something I am seeking advice on and will take further advice through a discussion with the PM (Prime Minister Andrew Holness) and members of the Cabinet for any decision that could reflect the position that has been taken by other countries in Europe,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, December 21, 2020 10:53:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said ( about St Ann ) : “The belt from Westmoreland to St Ann creates a concern for the Ministry of Health and Wellness. The bed occupancy is high; now is not the time for complacency, now is the time to be more resolute,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, December 20, 2020 12:16:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The truth is, we have not built a hospital in Jamaica for nearly 30 years,” “A hospital is not an apartment building. It involves a lot more complicated moving parts … airflow, sanitisation issues … and we just don’t have the local experience” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, December 18, 2020 11:29:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton stated ( about St Ann ) : “The belt from Westmoreland to St Ann creates a concern for the Ministry of Health and Wellness. The bed occupancy is high. Now is not the time for complacency, now is the time to be more resolute. As an elected representative, you know who are the influencers in your districts and your communities; and you know who the deviants are. We have to assert ourselves that all of us have a responsibility,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, December 18, 2020 10:16:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton explained : “Without going into a lot of details, the general situation is that it is concerning. The numbers are higher than normal and certainly higher than the national average in terms of positivity rate,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, December 17, 2020 9:44:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “It is troubling for us in public health in terms of the government, because what it means is that, if we continue on this trajectory, it is going to have grave consequences in the months to come, and some of the decisions that we have taken in terms of restrictions may have to be tightened,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, December 17, 2020 9:44:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “We are concerned about the west because the west is where the most activity is now taking place from a COVID-19 ‘virus spread’ perspective. What the intelligence on the ground is suggesting is that too many people are just not observing the protocols, because we are still having the parties and people just do not seem to take this thing seriously unless they are directly affected,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, December 17, 2020 9:44:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “I was told no permission was granted for that (tennis) and a swimming tournament that is coming up. I don’t understand what is going on,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, December 17, 2020 9:44:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton added : “Everybody wants an exception and everybody wants everybody to comply, but you cannot have both. If you make provision and allow for one, what will you tell the others?” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, December 17, 2020 9:44:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “It is an interesting development. It is a concerning development [but] what we will do is monitor, get feedback, enquire, and then take decisions from there,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, December 17, 2020 9:16:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The international scientific community continues to monitor and study the virus,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, December 17, 2020 9:16:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton told : “When we look at the deaths in Westmoreland alone, we have had 22 deaths overall, 12 of those recorded in the last two weeks. Our surveillance at the hospital that serves the parish also shows a worrying trend, with COVID admissions increasing steadily over the last three months,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, December 16, 2020 10:17:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton disclosed : "I think the Government is looking on whether or not they should mandate a wholesale restriction on that and again, I will allow the prime minister to speak to that. But, we have to be concerned about what is happening," External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, December 16, 2020 1:46:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Those suggestions are bordering on absurdity,” “The truth is, any suggestion about selling Cornwall is contrary to government policy and for Cornwall to be used as an income-generating facility is contrary to government policy” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, December 15, 2020 10:58:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton told : “Too many recalibrations and too many re-evaluations, too many variations, and I believe it is substantially a function of inexperience,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, December 15, 2020 10:58:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton added : “I am suggesting that they have had very little, if any at all, [experience] in hospital buildout, and we have paid the price for that at Cornwall,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, December 15, 2020 10:58:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton stated : “We are behind over a year in delays, not that it should have been completed, but we should have been further ahead,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, December 15, 2020 10:58:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “I have been on record for giving so many timelines, I am fearful of giving another, because I do believe in taking responsibility in terms of the timeline that I have been given by the technical people,” “There has been too many missed timelines based on advice that I have been given, where I have become a non-believer in that technical advice” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, December 15, 2020 10:58:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The meeting was a very productive one. It was an opportunity to share thoughts on the current COVID-19 situation in Negril. It was also a chance for frank conversations with key stakeholders, as we work to stave off any further spike in COVID-19 cases in the West,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, December 15, 2020 2:16:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said ( about St Ann ) : “The belt from Hanover, St James, into Trelawny, St Ann, also represents points of concern for us, and a lot depends on what the numbers look like, what the projection says, and how much people comply,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, December 14, 2020 10:44:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The protocols have been tightened, and enforcements continue, but the temptation to engage in the traditional activities around Christmas makes it that much more difficult for our law-enforcement agencies,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, December 14, 2020 10:44:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The building of the new hospital (children and adolescent), which is being done by a Chinese contractor and is totally separate from what is going on at CRH, that building, which is already paid for, will offer another 250 beds, and operation theatres, and so on,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, December 14, 2020 10:44:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “From January 2020 to November 2020, there were 10,331 admissions at CRH and 10,355 discharges, when compared to the same period in 2019. January to November, they had 12,000 admissions and just over 12,000 discharges,” “Many factors have contributed to the difference of about 2,000. There have been some relocation services at Falmouth, but nevertheless, work has gone into addressing patient care. The renal unit had 9,501 dialysis sessions done between January and November 2020, compared to the same number, 9,523, for January to November in 2019” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, December 14, 2020 10:44:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “I have been on record giving so many timelines, so forgive me if I am fearful of giving another one,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, December 14, 2020 10:44:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton added : “In terms of cancer care, oncology, 2,393 patients were treated in the new oncology suite which was built out and opened in that period. I could go on … maternal statistics in terms of babies born, and so on; and the statistics in accident and emergency; the number of gunshot wounds and trauma cases stabilised and lives saved. We have to be careful not to give an impression that nothing is happening at CRH, because that would be a disservice to the persons who work every day to provide those services,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, December 14, 2020 10:44:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “I reject the notion that we are back at square one ... . There is work that has been done. There are designs that have been developed. There is gutting that has been done, there is an HVAC system now ready to be installed, which is where the problems started,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, December 12, 2020 10:47:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The fact is we have another year or so before I think we will be in a position where the world can breathe a sigh of relief that based on vaccination as a solution, significant progress would have been made. We, therefore, have to manage the process very carefully,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, December 12, 2020 12:45:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “This funding is significant. It’s not a little bit of money. And it does speak to the commitment on the part the partnership between the UK, of course Jamaica, and our multilateral partner the PAHO/WHO group that provides critical benchmarking around best practices in public health,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, December 11, 2020 10:17:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The fact is we have another year or so before I think we will be in a position where the world can breathe a sigh of relief that based on vaccination as a solution, significant progress would have been made. We, therefore, have to manage the process very carefully,” External link

stabroeknews Wednesday, December 9, 2020 5:49:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The fact is we have another year or so before I think we will be in a position where the world can breathe a sigh of relief that based on vaccination as a solution, significant progress would have been made. We, therefore, have to manage the process very carefully,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, December 9, 2020 3:52:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “When we look at the deaths within Westmoreland alone, we have had 22 deaths overall — 12 of those recorded in the last two weeks. Our surveillance at the hospital that serves the parish also shows a worrying trend, with admissions increasing by 80 per cent over the last two weeks. For October, there were 23 admissions and for November there were 55 admissions. That is a 100 per cent increase in admissions,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, December 9, 2020 2:27:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton added : “For October, there were 23 admissions, and for November, there were 55 admissions. That is a 100 per cent increase in admissions in one month. Westmoreland, we summarise, is demonstrating community spread that has the potential to increase further over the December to January period. We are seeing an increase in cases, an increase in hospitalisations and an increase in deaths,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, December 9, 2020 10:48:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “These include public awareness and testing in the transport centres, the town centres, churches, health facilities, schools, workplaces, markets and in the business district,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, December 9, 2020 10:48:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Based on the on-the-ground information provided by the police and the local health team, most of the infections are driven by illegal parties hosted at bars and corner shops, nine-nights and wakes, and the infamous bike parties that move from community to community,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, December 9, 2020 10:48:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : "We have another year or so before, I think, we will be in a position where the world can breathe a sigh of relief, where, based on vaccination as a solution, a significant progress would have been made," External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, December 9, 2020 5:14:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said ( about British ) : “This is another very good occasion… The occasion is one that requires celebration. It’s an occasion where the Jamaican Government is benefiting from funding from the British people though UK AID and administered by PAHO… This funding is significant,” “Today’s effort at putting in place an overhauling of this facility is timely, and it’s timely because it provides us with an opportunity to reset the resilience of our public health infrastructure, to reset the capacity of our people through training… so that we can adjust and become more relevant to the challenges that we face as a country,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, December 6, 2020 12:07:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Additionally, provisions have been included in the Tobacco Control Bill to warrant effective enforcement and to ensure that the same accords with Jamaica's obligations under the FCTC and international best practice,” “The intention is to have the Bill considered by a joint select committee. This committee, in keeping with its usual mandate, will allow for further review, consultation and deliberation, following its report on the Bill,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, December 4, 2020 2:17:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “As we work to meet COVID-19 and other public health challenges, it is important than ever to provide needed support for our health centres through efforts to finance their physical upgrade and to provide them with needed equipment to boost service offerings,” “The truth is many of our local health centres are in need of support to themselves better support the delivery of healthcare to the population ... ” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, December 3, 2020 9:32:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton told : “The committee will see the involvement of clinical experts within the Ministry of Health and Wellness. It will also have the anticipation of logistics planning experts, and social behavioural experts to manage the behavioural change that will accompany the implementation,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, December 3, 2020 5:06:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Our work is not done; and we acknowledge the concerns expressed by the PLHIV community and we are reinforcing our commitment to providing access to medication and monitoring supplies. This will ensure the standard of service delivery is maintained and each PLHIV can achieve viral suppression and live their best life,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, December 2, 2020 1:05:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The CRH as a provider of hospital services is intact, and has offered services to thousands and hundreds of thousands every year since the rehabilitation started [in 2017]. So there is no issue as to whether or not CRH can offer antigen testing, because the facilities are there, the doctors are there, and we have made adequate provisions to deal with that,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, November 30, 2020 10:42:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “There is no date right now, as COVID has created some challenges for many of our capital projects, including the CRH and the Western Children’s Hospital [which is under construction on the CRH’s grounds]. Because it has slowed down some activities, we have to recalibrate that and look at what is happening,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, November 30, 2020 10:42:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton added : “Anybody who lives in this area and requires hospital care knows they can go to the CRH. Do not confuse the rehabilitation of the main building with the provision of services, as those services are there even while we try to correct the issues on the main building,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, November 30, 2020 10:42:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “So, we anticipate that within the next month or so, both private and public health facilities will have the test and it will be administered across the country. This will certainly add to the capacity that we have and, of course, add another dimension to [COVID-19] testing,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, November 27, 2020 12:36:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton added : “I think it's good for the COVID-19 response and we are happy about that,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, November 27, 2020 12:36:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “I hope that with the antigen test being made available for private laboratories, providers will keep it within the reach of the populace,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, November 27, 2020 9:35:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “So, we anticipate that within the next month or so, both private and public health facilities will have the test and it will be administered across the country. This will certainly add to the capacity that we have and, of course, add another dimension to [COVID-19] testing,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, November 26, 2020 10:44:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : "We expect that we will see decisions on that soon. What it will do is enforce the health and safety measures so that we ensure that persons who breach the laws can be held accountable," External link

jamaica-star Wednesday, November 25, 2020 1:04:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton added : “The Blood Bank is a critical part of the public health system even as we continue to combat COVID-19 and the public can be assured that the donation and receipt of blood products is safe and is needed for the treatment of several disorders. We are urging the public, especially during this season, when trauma cases, in particular, increases, to make it a priority to donate blood,” External link

jis Monday, November 23, 2020 5:58:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “What we want to avoid is to have a Christmas that is so merry, that we have a New Year that is dire because of outbreaks and hospitalisations. We want to find ways to give thanks for the year, enjoy family and very close friends, and at the same time, observe the protocols; that is very important,” External link

jis Sunday, November 22, 2020 5:18:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “We are aware that despite the scientific proof that the wearing of masks protect us from the virus and if we have it, others are protected, persons will have their views,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, November 22, 2020 5:10:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton warned : "to indulge ourselves can be dangerous" External link

jamaica-star Sunday, November 22, 2020 3:28:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : "Greater numbers of persons visiting our shores means an increase in the probability of infection. We have seen it happen in the past, we anticipate it will happen again, which means the very distinct and strong possibility, given the tradition of Christmas, that we will see a spike in January," "Not only does the probability of infections go up, the likelihood of death also goes up" External link

jamaica-star Sunday, November 22, 2020 3:28:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton added : “Therefore, there is some light at the end of the tunnel, there is some hope that we will see a better 2021 and we need to because 2020 has been really challenging,” External link

jis Sunday, November 22, 2020 1:01:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton added : “We have also launched a wellness agenda to include workplace wellness and a national school nutrition policy, a home-based wellness garden programme and 'better-for-you' menu options, the promotion of wellness events, and market 'pop-ups' across the island. Greater emphasis will be placed on these initiatives post-COVID-19,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, November 20, 2020 12:38:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said ( about National Health ) : “This year's conference is responding to these challenges. In addition to a special panel discussion on Striking the Balance in Health and Wellness, there are 14 scientific presentations pertaining to COVID-19. We look forward to the sharing of these and other findings, and encourage presentations in other fora, to ensure that our response is evidence-based, and can benefit from local data,” “Our vision for this event sees us setting research priorities to guide what we do, enacting laws and policies to govern the conduct of research, increasing the capacity of the ministry and other institutions to conduct the research needed for decision-making, and disseminating the results to varying audiences using a number of different research products,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, November 20, 2020 12:38:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton stated : “Greater numbers of persons visiting our shores means the probability of increase in infection also will go up. We have seen where that has happened in the past. We anticipate that it will happen again. Given the distinct traditions of Christmas, we will see a spike come January,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, November 20, 2020 11:26:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said ( about Association ) : “The Government is committing $100 million to this pilot and we have taken steps to ensure that patients who will be referred from the public health system to these selected private practitioners will receive the highest level of care, through the issuing of interim guidelines for the clinical management of diabetes and hypertension for public and private practitioners, developed in partnership between the ministry and the Association of Consultant Physicians of Jamaica,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, November 18, 2020 11:46:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The health centre, of course, will ensure that communication is maintained with the private practitioner and the necessary protocols in place for patients to be referred back to the public health system if the need arises,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, November 18, 2020 11:46:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said ( about National Health ) : “Direct medical costs — cardiovascular diseases and diabetes — over the same period are estimated to be over $29.8 billion. Our most recent Jamaica Health and Lifestyle Survey tells us that one in three Jamaicans has hypertension and one in eight has diabetes. These conditions make persons who have contracted COVID-19 more susceptible to a poor health outcome. This is particularly concerning for our senior citizens who are at a higher risk of becoming severely ill from COVID-19,” “Our current data show that over 70 per cent of COVID-19 deaths in Jamaica have occurred in persons 60 years and older, while 92 per cent of COVID-19 deaths have occurred in positive patients with one or more co-morbidities/risk factors,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, November 18, 2020 11:46:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Potentially, 1,000 beneficiaries can be added to the programme as we identify more private providers,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, November 17, 2020 10:32:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The fact is that vaccination has proven to be an undeniable success in the public health toolkit to reduce the burden of infectious diseases,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, November 14, 2020 12:54:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton insisted : “Vaccination as a response to containing the disease cannot be overlooked,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, November 14, 2020 12:54:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “You are the ones that your peers have identified as influencers, you carry more influence and respect, and this is a critical part of the COVID response,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, November 13, 2020 9:49:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The fact is that vaccination has proven to be an undeniable success in the public health tool kit to reduce the burden of infectious diseases,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, November 13, 2020 7:05:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “One of the issues with breeding mosquitoes and releasing them...is that, just as how we are accustomed to bush medicine, we going to say, 'Government a try kill we off, a send more mosquito after us'. And, it only takes one troublemaker to start spreading that rumour,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, November 11, 2020 9:12:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton told : “It's important also that clinical trials are complete so we have the confidence that any new discovery is safe while providing the protection we want to achieve,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, November 10, 2020 12:19:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The ministry will be championing the cause of persons with diabetes. We have updated our clinical management guidelines, which are now available on our website,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, November 8, 2020 8:21:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “We encourage stakeholders — persons living with diabetes, their families and friends and others involved in their care management — to join our nurses in the effort to ensure the best possible health outcome for persons with diabetes and to, as far as possible, engage in behaviours to reduce the incidence of diabetes and other non-communicable diseases (NCDs),” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, November 8, 2020 8:21:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “It, therefore, is likely to lead on Friday to a discontinuation of the measures, and that’s what we have to do. Whenever we have a challenge, we intervene, and whenever we think it’s time to pull back, go elsewhere, we go,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, November 5, 2020 10:32:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “These documents have been made available to owners and operators of residential facilities, and the local health teams have conducted training sessions. Therefore, I am serving notice to all owners and operators of residential healthcare facilities, that they must become compliant with all the regulations and protocols related to COVID-19 by November 30, 2020,” “Failure to comply to same, will see prosecutions under the Public Health Act or the Disaster Risk Management Orders, which may result in fines of up to $1 million,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, November 5, 2020 10:32:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “So we are and will continue to work with the Missionaries of the Poor, but so far all have been cooperative and I believe we will work through an amicable solution to the challenge,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, November 5, 2020 8:34:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton told : “We can help in that regard [designating appropriate facilities]; that's not an issue. When the conversation leads to that, then the support is there in terms of determining the criteria for facilities like that,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, November 4, 2020 8:17:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “In terms of whether or not a negative test was done, that is no longer a requirement by WHO [and] PAHO (Pan American Health Organization) standards. What they do, they speak to a 14-day period after the infection, and then, based on a clinical assessment of the patient, a determination is made as to the status of the patient and that is what we now do as standard procedure across the board, and that applied also to the home,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, November 4, 2020 8:17:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton added : “We must always wear our masks. We must frequently wash our hands. We must keep our physical distance from others,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, November 2, 2020 2:06:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton stated : “These set up in the private space will require a reporting mechanism, because from a public-health standpoint, we need to know how many people are positive in the country, how many tests are done, how many are negative that is critical for public-health planning and for decision-making at the highest possible level, including the level of Cabinet and Government,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, November 2, 2020 10:43:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “At least eight labs are undergoing training with the Pan American Health Organization and our public-health team, so that they can in fact source the antigen tests which [have] a shorter turnaround time [and] more conducive under certain circumstances to determine if you are positive for COVID-19 or not,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, November 2, 2020 10:43:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “I want to use the opportunity to encourage the community to respond to the health team positively because they are there for you. If we all comply and work together, it is just a matter of time before we bring it (COVID-19) under control,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, November 2, 2020 10:43:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “We have had 56 cases in the area, with 31 recoveries, 24 active cases and one death. Now the concern we have is that we have collected samples from 92 residents, and what is most concerning to me is that of the 92 samples that were collected, 14 are positive, and that is close to a 20 per cent positivity rate,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, October 31, 2020 11:06:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton added : “We have to work together as a community and as a team, and everybody has to play his part because the truth is that this is just an indication of what is on the ground. Right now it is important that we recognise there is a risk in the community as there is in Jamaica, and you are special because you are getting more than your fair share of public health members who are in the community to carry out the response,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, October 31, 2020 11:06:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The community is a community where most persons work in the days and then they come home in the evenings, and then with the curfew in the evenings, it makes things more difficult,” “A lot of the execution will take place on the weekend, which is why they (health authorities) are bringing in 70 or 80 persons on Saturday, and I believe they will do some work Sunday with three testing sites” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, October 31, 2020 11:06:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The team will be out in the field to inspect and to visit, if necessary, every day until those facilities are brought into the appropriate protocol,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, October 29, 2020 10:35:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : "The team will be out in the field to inspect and to visit, if necessary, every day until those facilities are brought into the appropriate protocol," External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, October 29, 2020 6:11:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “It's a trial drug under emergency approval circumstances. Once all the rules apply from the patients' perspective with their knowledge and consent, as well as the write up on impact and effect, then we are comfortable until we discern more scientific information and validation around the drug,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, October 26, 2020 2:24:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton told : "Our position is very clear. The public health position is that the mask-wearing in public is useful, it is an important part of the response to COVID and to restricting the spread of the virus. This is a clinical position that is not only endorsed and supported and advanced by us here in Jamaica, but by most countries throughout the world," External link

jamaica-star Sunday, October 25, 2020 10:22:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “A meeting was also held with the matron of the facility and some of the caregivers, and they were advised to assign staff to specific clusters as opposed to moving from one cluster to the next,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, October 23, 2020 10:31:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “In regards to other entities, the instructions that have been given to the standard agency and the public-health officials is to increase the frequency of visits to these institutions and ensure that, particularly [at] those that have been found wanting, we push for all the appropriate systems to be put in place because we would not want a recurrence of this in any institutions,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, October 23, 2020 12:28:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “To my mind, there was a fairly good set-up in terms of the infrastructure... That is an important requirement but not the only requirement to reduce or eliminate the possibility of the virus coming in,” “A lot depends on how the infrastructure is used... The truth is that a lot depends on the management of the institution to ensure that the infrastructure is utilised, and the protocols in terms of the behaviours — both for residents and for employees — are adhered to in the strictest form. Even when you adhere to all the protocols there is always still the possibility that the virus can take hold, because it only takes an improper wearing of the mask, and then touching it and then touching a surface” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, October 22, 2020 8:14:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton told : “We do anticipate that we will get a few of these cases, but what we want to do is minimise them as best as possible. Private homes are required to register and I have asked the public health inspectors working with our agencies to inspect all of them,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, October 22, 2020 8:14:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “We have inspected 206 of these nursing home facilities and 15 infirmaries. Some have had issues and we have pushed for those issues to be addressed,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, October 22, 2020 8:14:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton told : “I had, however, insisted that they all put in place the infection control measures, whether they were registered or not, and that they ensure that they all were given a timeline to implement. The challenge we were having is, if you shut them down, where do you put the people who are there, because we have no infirmaries to hold them. Many of them have nowhere else to go, so the decision was taken to work with them, as opposed to shutting them down. But, of course, that comes with its own risk too, and so the public health team has been on them to get compliance,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, October 22, 2020 8:14:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “If those precautions were not being taken, I think it is important that the management takes the steps to deal with them. The truth is, if people are there that are positive, they should be in isolation; they need specialist care. I will check on it and see what is happening, but there should have been a protocol in place,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, October 22, 2020 8:14:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “We have to have order in the industry. It's very important to the normal functioning of our society, and we're going to have to put those in place,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, October 18, 2020 8:17:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Refusal to be tested comes from different reasons. There is a fear about discovering that you are positive, particularly if you are asymptomatic. The other is the actual test itself. It is not life-threatening, but can be a little bit uncomfortable, and thirdly, the stigma. The fact that you are being tested creates a perception,” “The team in the field is battling with a lot of issues with this response” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, October 16, 2020 10:51:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton noted : “Young people are more active. They push the envelope a little more, and that’s understandable. Even with the restrictions that have been imposed, many have not captured a sense of urgency, or even a sense of fear, as it relates to the COVID-19 environs,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, October 16, 2020 10:51:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton explained : “The Ministry of Health has organised training with regional staff from JCF in the management of disruptive, uncooperative and aggressively mentally ill patients, to include demonstrating use of several point manual restraint. The plan was for it to be repeated in various divisions across islands,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, October 12, 2020 2:13:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton outlined : “The pandemic has resulted in elevated levels of anxiety and stress among senior citizens and young persons alike. [It] has brought into sharp focus the need for a mental health response. What is also [being discovered] by mental health teams on the ground is that conditions, such as acute psychosis, adjustment disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder and protracted grief reactions appear to be on the rise,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, October 12, 2020 10:18:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton added : “It is [against] this background, and [acknowledging] the vulnerabilities of our older persons, that we have launched the COVID-19 Mental Health Response Programme to be manned by an essential group of volunteers and professionals,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, October 12, 2020 10:18:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton pointed out : “All of these critical support systems are now been restricted under the protocols for COVID-19,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, October 10, 2020 1:40:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “When you have community transmission, the COVID-19 virus is going to be more prevalent, as it is now, and therefore, we do expect that we will have positive cases turning up at the workplace … whether it is BPO, supermarket or manufacturing … anywhere,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, October 10, 2020 10:22:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “As minister, I am not disturbed or evenly overly concerned when a positive case turns up at a workplace setting, because, frankly speaking, in community transmission, you expect these cases from time to time,” “It is not the absence of a positive case that determines the success of the measures, it is the presence of the measures or the protocol, it is the fact that they work. They work in finding cases, they work in containing cases and they work in ensuring consistency in terms of business operations” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, October 10, 2020 10:22:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “When you have community transmission, the COVD-19 virus is going to be more prevalent as it is now and therefore we do expect that we will have positive cases turning up at the workplace … whether it is BPO, supermarket or manufacturing … anywhere,” “As minister, I am not disturbed or even overly concerned when a positive case turns up at a workplace setting, because frankly speaking, in community transmission, you expect these cases from time to time” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, October 10, 2020 10:22:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton stated : “Yes, there are plans to do some additional work. We want to look at it now with a renewed mandate and plan ahead to try and get that done, and the operating theatre is the priority right now as part of the addition going forward,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, October 9, 2020 10:18:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “They admit to feeling overwhelmed and not being able to manage the demands of online schooling. We also hear of the stressors associated with the financial challenges that have accompanied the pandemic, such as among tourism workers in the west,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, October 8, 2020 9:07:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton added : “It should be noted that since the start of the pandemic, the ministry has been alerted to the mental health challenges that can arise from having people in quarantine or isolated from family and friends, to say nothing of the economic challenges that can come with a pandemic of this scale and the stress faced by health care workers responding to the demands of the various public health interventions,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, October 8, 2020 9:07:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “In the general population, we hear of the elevated levels of fear, anxiety and loneliness from children and parents who access the child and adolescent mental-health clinics. They admit to feeling overwhelmed and not being able to manage the demands of online schooling,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, October 7, 2020 10:08:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “There is no doubt that the pandemic is affecting the mental health of many people,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, October 7, 2020 10:08:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton added : “They think they know more or better than the public health team, and we are the ones who are in touch with the World Health Organization and the experts and are tracking the virus and the impact, and, therefore, have the prescription as it relates to how to behave,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, October 7, 2020 8:56:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton told : “What they say is that the hospital is modular – you can add pieces to it – and you can add more beds, depending on how you choose to man it. So they say there is enough space for 70 beds,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, October 4, 2020 10:33:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “We've also been experiencing significant and increasing burnout of the critical front-line workers, primarily the health care staff, but not exclusive to them. These are individuals who have been working at this for many hours each day since the start of this year. It has been an ongoing effort and a very stressful environment to work in, and we're seeing increasing evidence of burnout,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, September 30, 2020 9:27:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Staff burnout is a major impediment to the COVID-19 fight and, as a ministry, we have heard the growing cries for increased intervention and we must respond,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, September 30, 2020 9:27:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Movement and restrictions of movement is an ongoing process that the Cabinet assesses periodically and makes a decision on, and if there’s a need for that (further restrictions), outside of what we have now, which are the curfew hours, then I am sure we will announce that in due course,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, September 29, 2020 11:21:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “I understand that between Saturday and today (Monday), we have given out about 6,000 packages with masks, sanitisers and printed information in this vicinity alone. We are doing it across the country and its going to be more a feature of the ministry’s response,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, September 29, 2020 11:21:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “For Falmouth, it is a good thing. When COVID is gone, the ward will still be here,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, September 28, 2020 9:57:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “You the people are the stakeholders ... . If in doubt, seek clarity,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, September 28, 2020 9:57:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “There will be an additional 150 beds dedicated to those who may need hospitalisation,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, September 28, 2020 9:57:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Our young people, students would have been placed at a disadvantage far worse than the mere absence of a classroom setting. In some instances, the virtual support provides some stop gap approach even though I don't think it is sufficient,” “It is the mental trauma that our young people have had to go through and are going through because of their restrictions on movement, and the fact that what has become or what would normally be a part of growing up – exposure to their friends, playtime, exercise, just learning by doing has been significantly shrunk and restricted” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, September 27, 2020 1:59:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “It's not unique to us, it is a situation that is a global challenge. What it means is that in public health, we are going to have to respond by firstly assessing and understanding from the impact of this level of restrictions and intervening in a way that will disrupt the concentrated sort of trauma that is being experienced by persons or children who are experiencing this now,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, September 27, 2020 1:59:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “There are many ways to do that. The ministry moved the Jamaica Moves session to television to allow people to work out in their home and that is interactive. The same could apply for promoting certain types of activities in the home, making counselling available remotely. So we do have a mental health hotline for things that people can call if they need counselling. [In addition] providing sessions or encouraging sessions that are not as crowded based on the restriction, but still allows for some form of interaction and integrating even in the virtual classroom sessions, which is now taking place – an element of teaching – that would stimulate greater interaction to overcome some of the challenges,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, September 27, 2020 1:59:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton told : “I'm almost emotional about it because it is simply not the case. I've been hearing the comments on radio and in the media space where persons, in some instances who should know better, assert that somehow, having gone to a general election and... being re-elected, somehow, we have hidden information or we have dropped the ball and we are no longer sensitive because we have now been re-elected,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, September 27, 2020 1:59:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “For me as minister, who has sort of been at the heart coordinating, being the liaison between Government, Cabinet, Ministry of Health, other critical stakeholders, the private sector... it is perhaps more painful to me than most because I know what we have done. I know what we continue to do. I know the sacrifices that have been made. I've sat in the hundreds of meetings, thousands of hours of deliberation, the late nights, the early mornings and in truth and in fact Jamaica and Jamaicans are better off because of the tremendous sacrifice this Government has made,” “This Government has remained and remains committed to the COVID-19 response and now more than ever it is not discussion around who may be playing or who has dropped the ball or who is dropping the ball. But, where there may be shortcomings, if people identify concerns, what we do is discuss them and find solutions to them, because during this phase of the community transmission it requires all hands on deck and requires everyone to be a part of the process,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, September 27, 2020 1:59:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton stated : “If we don't follow the rules then it would likely mean that we are going to need a lot more than 500 beds because persons would have acted contrary to the deliberate plans that we have in order to manage and control the spread of the virus. Everything is not in the control of the Government; it is a collaborated effort that involves all of us and we must work together,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, September 26, 2020 1:56:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton argued : “We are very sincere about what we are doing,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, September 26, 2020 1:56:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “It is in anticipation of the possibility of greater demand on the public health infrastructure, as we seek to provide medical care to those who need it most, that the plans were always in place to expand our bed count through the deployment or the build-out of field hospitals,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, September 25, 2020 8:21:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : "It is one of the reasons we recruited additional community health aides for which we have approval for 1,200. We have employed 121 medical doctors to our clinical team. We continue to procure personal protective gear to outfit our frontline staff. We continue to equip our health facilities to enhance their capacity to deliver specialised care," External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, September 25, 2020 10:26:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “We have been responsible in the approach in terms of the spend, I think, and as a consequence I think we have seen value in terms of the strategies that we have pursued,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, September 25, 2020 8:22:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Companies that track the wellness or health profile of their employees are going to be far better able to deal with a pandemic like this one, because [the messages can be] tailor-made… to those individuals about additional precautions that they may need to take,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, September 25, 2020 8:22:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton told : “It does give us some additional comfort that if a Jamaican needs a bed, based on the conditions and if our hospitals become exhausted, we have a modular facility here that allows us to do that,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, September 25, 2020 8:22:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Companies that track the wellness or health profile of their employees are going to be far better able to deal with a pandemic like this one, because [messages can be] tailor-made… to those individuals about additional precautions that they may need to take,” External link

jis Thursday, September 24, 2020 7:47:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “It is not unusual for the ministry to track a disease by requiring reporting. We do this for dengue, for example. It is important to know to plan a national response,” “What we have said re the rapid test is that we would train and require reporting. No accreditation is required as far as I know” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, September 20, 2020 6:18:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Our health care workers perform heroic service to save lives and comfort the distressed each day, and more so now as part of the COVID response,” External link

stabroeknews Monday, September 14, 2020 5:46:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton added : “As a country, we owe them a debt of gratitude. This is another example of the good they do,” External link

stabroeknews Monday, September 14, 2020 5:46:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The expansion of capacity, and in particular COVID beds, is very much an important part of the plans going forward, and, in fact, we have made substantial progress,” External link

stabroeknews Friday, September 11, 2020 6:17:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The expansion of capacity, and in particular COVID beds, is very much an important part of the plans going forward, and, in fact, we have made substantial progress,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, September 11, 2020 10:36:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton warned : “Assume that everyone you come in contact with is a positive COVID-19 case,” “Cases are going to pop up any and everywhere” External link

stabroeknews Tuesday, September 8, 2020 6:32:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Just as we would say if you're sitting on the corner in other communities [although] that's the kind of relaxation and entertainment and cultural dynamics we are used to, we have to desist; I'm saying the same for those who have the house parties and engage in the kind of practices that do not encourage the physical distancing; you are just as vulnerable. No matter who we think we are or where we are from or where we are we have to comply because you are as susceptible to the virus as everybody else, and we have to follow the protocol. The Kingston 6 and 8 [areas], and so on, have to be careful because we are seeing evidence of the spread in those communities that is worrying and could have implications for your own health and wellness,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, September 5, 2020 2:29:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The number of cases that are turning up in our hospitals and health centres and the spread of those numbers across the country means basically that COVID is out there everywhere and possibly could be affecting anyone. What this means is that the approach to managing will have to change to not allow the spread to overwhelm the public health system,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, September 5, 2020 2:29:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton explicou : "Não tenho conhecimento de nenhum indivíduo específico entrando e violando as ordens de quarentena. Se tivermos informações, as regras se aplicariam neste caso, como em qualquer outro caso" External link

bemparana Tuesday, August 25, 2020 7:35:00 PM EAT



Key Titles and Phrases Count Lang Last Seen
minister of health33.33%EN12/08/201708/12/2017
jamaican minister of health0.91%EN12/08/201708/12/2017
health minister42.47%EN08/08/201708/08/2017
minister16.44%EN08/08/201708/08/2017
mp0.46%EN03/02/201702/03/2017
agriculture minister0.46%EN07/06/201606/07/2016
current minister of health0.46%EN06/29/201629/06/2016
senator2.74%EN02/06/201506/02/2015
former agriculture minister1.37%EN09/01/201401/09/2014
opposition senator1.37%EN08/02/201302/08/2013
Names Lang Count
Christopher TuftonEN99.73%
Christopher TuftonFR0.13%
Christopher TuftonPT0.13%


 
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Kenneth Grant said ( about Christopher Tufton ) : “A new 36-bed ward has been opened with all the beds piped for oxygen. A medical gas cylinder with a capacity to last three weeks has been installed,” “The Minister of Health Dr Christopher Tufton is going to struggle to find an excuse not to upgrade Falmouth to a Type B hospital” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, April 8, 2021 10:19:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie added ( about Christopher Tufton ) : “We will be coordinating with the 63 Members of Parliament… and on Tuesday (today) I will be meeting with all the mayors and the CEOs [of the municipal bodies], and the inspectors of the poor… where Minister Tufton will join that virtual meeting to outline the process as we go forward. We want to use that platform to encourage Jamaicans not to listen to the false narrative that is out there about the vaccine,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, April 6, 2021 8:37:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton added ( about Christopher Tufton ) : "All the support systems are in place for the facility to become operational,” stated Tufton following his tour. “The doctors and nurses and other needed staff have been recruited. The equipment, which is a gift from Pan American Health Authority Organization (PAHO), all brand new, has been installed. Come Monday morning, six patients will be transferred to this new ward," External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, March 6, 2021 8:50:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton explained ( about Christopher Tufton ) : “Five years ago when I came here (Falmouth) the bed count was under 100. Today, because of COVID-19 and what is happening at Cornwall Regional Hospital, the bed count is now 220. This further qualifies the hospital for Type B status," said Tufton. When questioned about the cost over-run incurred for the field hospital as a result of missing the original November 30, 2020 completion date, Tufton had this to say. "We have had to make some adjustments, the weather played a great part in influencing the delay as for three weeks it rained,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, March 6, 2021 8:50:00 PM EAT

Norman Scott said ( about Christopher Tufton ) : “I was expecting that coming out of the meeting with Minister Tufton, the citizens in the area and NEPA last year, that everyone would be called back to discuss the results of the review of the permit that was issued for the expansion, but this has not been done,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, January 26, 2021 10:32:00 AM EAT

Morais Guy suggested ( about Christopher Tufton ) : “when, according to Dr Tufton’s statement, it was already available. What was the rationale in holding back the results from the public in such a time of anxiety and crisis?” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, January 6, 2021 11:51:00 AM EAT

Morais Guy suggested ( about Christopher Tufton ) : “when, according to Dr Tufton's statement, it was already available. What was the rationale in holding back the results from the public in such a time of anxiety and crisis?” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, January 5, 2021 10:45:00 AM EAT

Morais Guy said ( about Christopher Tufton ) : “Minister Tufton should simply accept responsibility for the chain of failures which has resulted in the setback of the project and the waste of millions of taxpayers' funds,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, December 16, 2020 10:56:00 PM EAT

Morais Guy recalled ( about Christopher Tufton ) : “I highlighted then that the original deadline of April 2018 was shifted to September and then again shifted to November 2019, and on top of that, in July of 2020, Minister Tufton stated publicly that the rehabilitation of the CRH was progressing well with the first phase slated to be completed in August,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, December 16, 2020 10:56:00 PM EAT

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Christopher Tufton said : “The evidence is, however, that a number of health conditions are caused or otherwise exacerbated by a high-salt diet. The effect on blood pressure, stroke and heart disease is where the strongest evidence lies, but there is a wide body of evidence showing a link between salt consumption and other conditions,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, October 16, 2021 1:50:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : "Become a hero on the scene. Take the COVID vaccine," External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, October 15, 2021 6:47:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “We have, for example, hired more community mental health aides. We have expanded the mobility of the mental health team; more vehicles for them to respond. We are doing greater sensitisation at the level of the community and we collaborate with the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, October 14, 2021 9:33:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The policy was to prioritise children but also to give others who came with them unrequested, and that is what we have done... We could argue over the rightness or wrongness of the policy and whether it should be changed but the ministry did not breach our responsibility,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, October 11, 2021 2:45:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “I would also like to reassure the public that we have time to get the vaccine and administer while still preserving efficacy of the first dose. There are countries that have waited up to 12 weeks to administer a second dose, and we are well within that period,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, October 11, 2021 2:45:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton explained : "The intention of the Adopt-a-Clinic programme is to get Jamaicans at home and abroad who have benefited from our primary healthcare services to give back," "We have a strong primary healthcare system that has worked for us as a country. It is what has helped us in the COVID-19 pandemic response. As minister of health, I am asking members of the diaspora to join hands and hearts with the ministry by adopting a clinic," External link

jamaica-star Wednesday, October 6, 2021 2:38:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “That parish has had its fair share of outbreaks, and that hospital, in particular, has had significant challenges in terms of bed space. We have had a number of deaths, and so any support at all would be excellent,” External link

jis Wednesday, October 6, 2021 1:32:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The intention is to try and get as much coverage as possible. Over time, we do see these private entities playing an important role in outreach, in the messaging around the importance of vaccines,” External link

jis Wednesday, October 6, 2021 12:28:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton explained : “The intention of the Adopt-a-Clinic programme is to get Jamaicans at home and abroad who have benefited from our primary healthcare services to give back,” “We have a strong primary healthcare system that has worked for us as a country. It is what has helped us in the COVID-19 pandemic response. As Minister of Health, I am asking members of the diaspora to join hands and hearts with the Ministry by adopting a clinic,” External link

jis Tuesday, October 5, 2021 10:16:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton told : “What we've done now is try to strengthen the management process by bringing in a management entity that has significant hospital experience. The company will act as the quality assurance agent for the project. So we're hoping that we can get standards established and maintained as the contractors work. We're hoping that that will significantly reduce the variation challenges that we've had in the past,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, October 4, 2021 12:12:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “We will have a local project manager, but we've embedded in that process, representing the Government, a commissioning agent that examines all proposed work to be done — the quantities, the costings — look and reconcile that against the project and assesses on an ongoing basis value for money, so it hopefully will help to reduce variations and provide guidance, through the Government, to the contractors doing the work,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, October 4, 2021 12:12:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The project has a naturally slower implementation because of the nature of it, given that you have a renovation exercise that takes place on an active hospital compound, so the approach to the renovation has to be different because it's not a sterile site,” “In fact, it's a site which you try to keep sterile, by virtue of the nature of the hospital, but it is difficult and it does slow down some of the work because you're treating people at the same time, so infection-prevention and control measures are necessary and perhaps more than usually so because of the nature of where the project is located and what's happening on the physical compound at the same time,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, October 4, 2021 12:12:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “So just like how we go abroad [for a company] to build a highway, a hospital is a specialised vehicle that involves things like infection-prevention and control, precision air flow for that and several other things. Frankly, it's not an apartment building,” “It's not just about contractors, it's about all the technical inputs, the work that goes into making the job complete — the pre-contract work, the project management work — have seen several variations... I'm talking about variations where in one case a contract varied up to 100 per cent,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, October 4, 2021 12:12:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton explained : “That has been quite a frustrating experience, because each time we try to recalibrate to address the concerns to strengthen the management and so on, we go through a process where we literally have to wait, because a lot of the things you have to do before you do the other, you can't do multiple things one time in the substantial part of the work,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, October 4, 2021 12:12:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “I fully understand the concerns of the people of western Jamaica. The truth is that Cornwall Regional continues to provide significant services to the people, and I pay tribute to the doctors, nurses and other health-care staff because they've been working very hard and they continue to perform thousands of tests, surgeries, dialysis, cancer treatment, in-patient care, delivery of babies weekly. All of those things continue. It's not like the facility has come to a halt, but I do appreciate that to see the main building being empty and not enough work going on is a stark reminder of the real challenges, and it does generate, understandably so, emotions and concerns,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, October 4, 2021 12:12:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Some clinics have one or two persons manning the site [and] they have lots of other cases to deal with,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, October 2, 2021 8:50:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “There is a protocol for discarding vaccines that have expired. We are not unaccustomed to that. We have AstraZeneca in stock so, if tomorrow morning you turn up at a location, do not worry that you're being given a vaccine that is expired, that will not happen. The vaccines that will be available as of tomorrow (today) are a different batch of vaccines,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, October 1, 2021 9:24:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Vaccination requires, as part of the infrastructure, a card that is going to be universally accepted and can be validated, where the possibility of producing a fraudulent card is minimised. We have to move there. The intention is to see a digital vaccination card available to Jamaicans within the next two to three months. If it can be earlier, we will certainly do so. We are currently in exploratory mode, working with a number of international partners, among them UNICEF, and others, to create this digital vaccine card,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, October 1, 2021 9:24:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “I'm not seeking to be critical of our government procurement process, but I will say, if we had given approval to build this facility using government resources, we would not have broken ground for it as yet. Even with our best intentions, my experience in health over the last five years tells me that the procurement process is nothing short of being an absolute nightmare,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, October 1, 2021 9:19:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The Government of Jamaica has set an ambitious goal...and the mobile buses will allow for us to achieve this target by taking the vaccine to people at their convenience,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, October 1, 2021 2:40:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The Government of Jamaica has set an ambitious goal...and the mobile buses will allow for us to achieve this target by taking the vaccine to people at their convenience,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, September 30, 2021 9:19:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “We are waiting and we are [having discussions] with the US Government. However, we are prepared [to administer the Pfizer vaccines] once this additional shipment arrives,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, September 30, 2021 9:35:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “We are forced to prioritise the most vulnerable who are due to get their second dose,” “The efficacy of the vaccine will protect those delayed, even after the 12-week window closes” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, June 22, 2021 9:34:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “We have to focus on the most vulnerable, and the most vulnerable by age would be 50 and older. The second dose has to be a priority based on availability, and so we have to give it to those who require it. The challenge we have is the availability of vaccines,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, June 20, 2021 9:42:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Vaccine represents a critical component of that [reducing the spread of the novel coronavirus] and we have been gradually inoculating our population. A lot of what we do is a function of the availability of the vaccines, and once we have it then we take it and make it available. Then, there is the issue of access to the population — and we have been working on a plan to improve the plan so that all Jamaicans who qualify will have access,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, June 20, 2021 9:42:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “It's a difficult management because in a sense, we can't demand and there is no automatic availability. We have a need; we want the vaccines. But, we have to negotiate access based on what is available and the willingness of the manufacturers to make it available,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, June 20, 2021 9:42:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton told : “First of all, I want to apologise to those who were inconvenienced yesterday. Both those under 50 who showed up, and those over 50 who were not able to get their shot because of the overwhelming turnout,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, June 20, 2021 9:04:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton noted : “Yesterday, were had 22 vaccination sites in nine parishes. From reports received from the sites across the island, the blitz operations ran efficiently for most sites, with some delays and other challenges at the National Arena, primarily linked to persons who were not scheduled to be vaccinated turning up at the site,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, June 20, 2021 9:04:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton stated : “At about 10 a.m., we reached full capacity at the National Arena and unfortunately had to announce the closure of the site. Our operations there will be suspended for Sunday, June 20, but other blitz sites across the island will remain open to the public by appointment,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, June 20, 2021 9:04:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton noted : “We are anticipating the receipt of supplies of vaccines shortly, as we have concluded discussions with our suppliers. Persons who are due their second dose will benefit from this allocation and need not worry,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, June 20, 2021 3:31:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “At about 10 am today, we reached full capacity at the National Arena and unfortunately had to announce the closure of the site. Our operations there will be suspended for Sunday, June 20, but other blitz sites across the island will remain open to the public by appointment,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, June 20, 2021 3:31:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The Cabinet has given approval for persons living with SCD who are seen at the Sickle Cell Unit to access medication free of cost through the public pharmacies,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, June 19, 2021 4:07:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said ( about Princess Margaret ) : “There is a plan for the expansion of services in these parts,, in recognition of the numbers and the anticipated growth – plans now looking at environmental health, dental services, health records, clinical assessment and an improvement in client services. So there is more to come,” “The Princess Margaret Hospital has benefited from expansion … . Now, it’s time to build out around the hospital through the health centres, and there is a plan” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, June 18, 2021 10:44:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton noted : “In Jamaica, we have long set a national target to strengthen the voluntary blood donation system with a focus on youth. Persons between 18 and 24 years old offer a valuable resource for expansion of voluntary blood donation in Jamaica,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, June 16, 2021 2:20:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “There is general progress around what we all agree on, and what we may need to tweak a bit,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, June 15, 2021 11:12:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “It would risk destroying general confidence in our immunisation process, confidence built up over decades, and a major contributor to our human development as a country. I am confident we have done the right thing, and those who think otherwise, I humbly suggest, are not fully considering the implications of such a decision,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, June 14, 2021 11:12:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “I have no difficulty in making a report of this nature, that has created such national interest and outcry and speculation, public. I think it would serve the purposes of being transparent and I think that is important. Confidence in the process is important... Clearly, I would need to take some advice because these issues can become legal issues and so on. I'm not a lawyer and so I have to be guided,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, June 13, 2021 10:57:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The more you achieve persons getting vaccinated is the less the risk [of COVID-19 contraction] will be because that is the most effective defence as of now. Therefore, you will see the elimination and relaxation of measures,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, June 11, 2021 10:51:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton added : “We do not anticipate that we are going to be living in this environment forever. The idea is to manage the risk, overcome the risk, and hopefully, over time – and given all the measures, to include the vaccines – eliminate the risk,” “We need to reach herd immunity, and we need to vaccinate 1.9 million of our population in an ideal scenario” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, June 11, 2021 10:51:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Other countries throughout the world, and our key partners, are clearly doing a lot to try and minimise and eliminate that risk, and they are more ahead of us in terms of vaccines. To the extent that they may become high-risk and we are at risk as a result of the travel, then clearly, the Government would have to consider all options,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, June 11, 2021 10:51:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton stated : “Our role is in the service of people, and in serving people when they are in their most distressing state; because that’s what sickness does, it places you in a state of fear, panic and uncertainty that you first have to alleviate,” “You have to cauterise the psychological state of mind, even before you assess, diagnose and treat,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, June 11, 2021 9:37:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : ''With the relaxation (of COVID-19 restrictions) will come an easing of frustrations and the lack of restrictions around movement, the restrictions around economic opportunity and restrictions around social activities,'' ''As a government we fully appreciate and understand that to be restricted in this unusual way will take its toll,'' External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, June 11, 2021 5:20:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton told : “I don’t like to give timelines, because there are so many variables that we don’t have control over, but I think once we have the vaccine supply and people are willing to take it, by the latter part of this year we should see the virus being less of a threat than it is now,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, June 7, 2021 10:48:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Clearly, we have a long way to go, but part of it is the availability of the vaccine. We are making good progress now, and in the weeks ahead the country will hear about some of the other things we will do,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, June 7, 2021 10:48:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “We are getting equipment to test for various variant strains. It’s not yet in place, but we expect the strains to get here,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, June 6, 2021 11:13:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “These PCR tests for VoC mean that we will no longer need to send all positive tests for identification abroad but can be more efficient by only sending the positive tests for variants of concern. The benefits of reduced cost and lead-time for the assessment of VoC will strengthen our national response,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, June 5, 2021 8:30:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “I have communicated with family and the police have been called in as well as I have ordered an internal investigation. These allegations are very serious and must be treated with utmost urgency,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, May 25, 2021 9:37:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “We will continue our drive to educate consumers on the dangers of unhealthy foods and push for lower levels of salt, sugars and fats in our diets,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, May 22, 2021 8:41:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “They worked alongside the ministry, private sponsors, and NGO partners to create what has become a regional initiative. I would like to thank Market Me and other stakeholder partners for their efforts over the years,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, May 20, 2021 6:31:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “I want to place on record my thanks not only to Market Me, but to the other stakeholder partners for their effort in building out this brand,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, May 20, 2021 10:43:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton told : “I am happy to report that we have started and we are making progress in the implementation of this plan,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, May 20, 2021 9:25:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton stated : “In addition, we have completed external upgrade designs for the University Hospital of the West Indies. Also, the Cornwall Regional Hospital and the Western Children and Adolescent Hospital in Montego Bay will continue their build-out this financial year,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, May 20, 2021 9:25:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “This has been a classic case of what can happen to our infrastructure, if we do not maintain them sufficiently while utilising them every day. They fall apart, no different from a motor car or the human body,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, May 20, 2021 9:25:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton stated : “I would like to thank the management and staff of the CRH for their ongoing commitment and hard work to the people of Western Jamaica. I want to tell them that the CRH main building will be restored and will become a source of pride for Western Jamaica,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, May 20, 2021 9:25:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The case fatality rate related to COVID-19 is currently 1.8 per cent which is less than the global average of 2.2 per cent. Our track record is better than that of the world average,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, May 20, 2021 1:30:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “We had a million visits to public hospitals when compared with 1.2 million the year before,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, May 20, 2021 1:30:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “We are determined to work with you so that together we can change this picture. Knowing your numbers is the first step to taking control of your health and well-being, especially if you have risk factors for hypertension,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, May 19, 2021 11:09:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “We have to continue to be cautious. Hospitalisations are going down, the positivity rate is going down, the [virus] reproductive rate is below one – all suggesting that we [are] moving in the right direction,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, May 19, 2021 9:32:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “We have to continue to be cautious. Hospitalisations are going down, the positivity rate is going down, the [virus] reproductive rate is below one – all suggesting that we [are] moving in the right direction,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, May 19, 2021 12:36:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton added : “This is only possible by providing information and encouraging better, healthier choices. This is what the 'Better For You' menu designation is intended to do. Over time we will promote this designation in all types of food establishments. In the meantime, we are happy for the collaboration with these initial restaurant chains,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, May 18, 2021 9:44:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton added : “We are not prepared yet to say it's purely about hesitancy because there is a need to ensure that there is equitable access by all the socio-economic groups across the population,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, May 16, 2021 11:30:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “So it is important for them to take advantage of the opportunity to access the vaccine. Even with the challenges of sourcing supplies, the reality is that that opportunity exists now and has existed for some time,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, May 16, 2021 11:30:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : ''As at May 12, 2021 (yesterday) 146,147 Jamaicans have received their first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine. This means we have inoculated some eight per cent of the targeted population; the targeted population being 1.24 million,'' External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, May 16, 2021 11:30:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : ''Persons wishing to be vaccinated are reminded that they need to make an appointment through the ministry's website at www.moh.jm or through the national vaccination hotline 888-ONE-LOVE,'' External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, May 16, 2021 11:30:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “I salute the Lupus Foundation of Jamaica for the work that it has been doing. I implore all Jamaicans to join together to fight lupus and support persons living with the disease,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, May 12, 2021 10:35:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said ( about Digicel Foundation ) : “We are grateful for the continued support and partnership with Digicel, which has been a long-standing corporate citizen,” “This pandemic has further strengthened and shown the commitment of our private partners” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, May 4, 2021 11:08:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “There has been an ongoing assessment around the management of the pandemic while trying to balance the need for economic activity balancing lives with livelihood, as we have said. It's a fluid situation, the prime minister is on record saying that while that is an imperative, we take action and make policy decisions based on situational, specific circumstances and the expectation is that the management of the process leading up to that point would allow for that decision to be made because we look not just at the historical, we look forward and we plan based on the data,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, April 30, 2021 9:34:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton noted : “Successfully tackling this pandemic requires a whole-of-society approach and our assessments are showing a positive relationship between the implementation of our protocols and the regulations under the Disaster Risk Management Act and lower rates of COVID cases,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, April 29, 2021 6:47:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The Ministry of Health and Wellness is grateful for the continued support and partnership with Digicel, which has been a longstanding corporate citizen. This pandemic has further strengthened and shown the commitment of our private partners and we have always emphasised the importance of partnership in public health as a measure of success - and to which a part of our success can be attributed to,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, April 29, 2021 7:57:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The truth is that the international community and the framework for movement of people has always had a public health component to it, which includes looking at infectious diseases, and where vaccines are an important response to that, persons have to show evidence that they have taken the vaccines,” “So technically speaking, a system is in place, and I believe in this instance this may come in for COVID-19 also. I think it’s still early because the conversation is taking place, but if you are coming from a country with yellow fever to Jamaica, for example, you have to have a yellow fever card and, essentially, that is a passport to entry, so it’s not an unusual concept. In fact, it’s a very important concept,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, April 28, 2021 12:16:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The truth is that the international community and the framework for movement of people has always had a public health component to it, which includes looking at infectious diseases, and where vaccines are an important response to that, persons have to show evidence that they have taken the vaccines,” “So technically speaking, a system is in place, and I believe in this instance this may come in for COVID-19 also. I think it's still early because the conversation is taking place, but if you are coming from a country with yellow fever to Jamaica, for example, you have to have a yellow fever card and, essentially, that is a passport to entry, so it's not an unusual concept. In fact, it's a very important concept,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, April 27, 2021 11:23:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “When you get the first dose of the vaccine, you need 21 to 28 days for the vaccine to take effect,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, April 27, 2021 11:41:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton told : “We have to wait and see, but we have been in discussions through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade with our partners in the US Administration around accessing vaccines, whether for sale or grant. Those discussions continue, and so we would certainly hope that is the case,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, April 27, 2021 10:34:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “They make those decisions, and our communication lines are open and have been for some times,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, April 27, 2021 10:34:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “It is not a licence to act in defiance of the protocol. It is very important that we wear the mask, practise physical distancing and sanitise,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, April 23, 2021 12:01:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “As such, in our next supply of vaccines, we will begin again the vaccination of persons who work in educational institutions, and tourism workers,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, April 22, 2021 11:38:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “This means that vaccination will be done at the local health centres in parishes. No blitz operations will be done until additional supplies are received in May, which is the next projected date for delivery,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, April 22, 2021 11:38:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “I saw first-hand as I visited the many sites for vaccination, the commitment and fixity of purpose of the health team, the officers from the Jamaica Defence Force and Jamaica Constabulary Force, and other support staff. This was truly a remarkable effort,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, April 22, 2021 9:49:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Jamaica, like other developing countries across the globe, still suffers from the lack of access and certainty around vaccines. Many manufacturers are still not able to meet their supply quota and are struggling due to the lack of ingredients to make sufficient vaccines,” “According to World Health Organization (WHO) statistics, only 6.51 per cent of the world's population has been vaccinated with at least one dose. While Jamaica is now slightly above this average at seven per cent, this slow pace of international vaccination is contrasted with the developed countries who are at an average rate of approximately 40 per cent” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, April 22, 2021 9:49:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton told : “The threat of vaccine nationalism must be confronted,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, April 22, 2021 9:49:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Based on our epidemiological assessment, there is some movement in the right direction as it relates to the degree of spread, hospitalisation, and those who have been worst affected from this virus,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, April 22, 2021 7:24:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Success in the fight against this global pandemic requires collaboration and cooperation. The Government and people of Jamaica are grateful to the Government and people of Canada for this donation, which will help to boost our local response actions,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, April 21, 2021 10:22:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton stated : “It's important to get the second dose within a period of time to complete the process to give you the maximum protection. Getting the first dose is not justification for deciding that you're going to resume the parties [and] the gatherings beyond the limits established. In other words, getting the first dose is not a free paper to do as you like. You still have the burden of responsibility to protect yourself; you can still be exposed, you can still get the virus and can still be impacted, but also to protect others,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, April 16, 2021 10:52:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton explained : “Secondly, there are other things to do in public health, it is not just about COVID,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, April 15, 2021 8:42:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “I also must commend those who came out to get their vaccines. I think it's a definite show of improved confidence in the process to inoculate the population against COVID-19, and that's a very positive thing,” “I do believe, though, that we are still plagued by vaccine hesitancy, and it is going to represent the most significant threat to dealing with COVID-19, and it does require a greater effort from all of us to push for acceptance,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, April 14, 2021 3:58:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “There are people who discourage other people from taking the vaccine, whether in the health centre context, at home, or in the community, and some of those persons are family members. We will continue to push back against this, and we have to do a lot more to push back,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, April 13, 2021 6:54:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “There are people who discourage other people from taking the vaccine, whether in the health centre context, at home, or in the community, and some of those persons are family members. We will continue to push back against this, and we have to do a lot more to push back,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, April 13, 2021 8:52:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “From the perspective of the exposure of tourism workers to foreigners who come in as our guests, it’s important to protect them and to get the market to appreciate that they are protected, but they will also be protecting those who come,” “So, it is a good decision, I think at this stage, to begin to start looking at certain industries and giving them that support, and tourism represents that; so, we hope that as many tourism workers as possible will come out and get the jab” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, April 12, 2021 10:33:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “At the end of the day, we are going to look at the numbers. Look at where they are. Sometimes it is a matter of logistics too in terms of where the centres are located. So, we tweaked it as we go along and then make a determination. So, I will be in a better position later on today to determine whether it was a success or not,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, April 12, 2021 10:24:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton told : “Yes, there are people who discourage other people from taking the vaccine, whether in the health centre context, at home, or in the community, and some of those persons are family members. We will continue to push back against this, and we have to do a lot more to push back,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, April 12, 2021 2:46:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “It has become more of an issue, because the anti-vaccination movement has become well-resourced and has utilised alternative media to push this narrative that somehow vaccination is bad for you. But the truth is that vaccines have saved many lives; in fact, the World Health Organisation says vaccines save 2 million lives a year,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, April 12, 2021 2:46:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Frankly speaking, I pity those persons, because what they are actually doing by advancing that argument is putting themselves and their families at risk. Those who buy into that narrative and who may want to put themselves at risk, that is their choice, but they should not try to put others at risk,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, April 12, 2021 2:46:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : "But so far, so good. Let's see if it continues," External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, April 12, 2021 12:33:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “I want to give a lot of thanks to the organisers NERHA; for the most part I think persons are happy with what is happening and I am certainly pleased with what I am seeing,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, April 11, 2021 3:15:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “I think it is an unfortunate step that has been taken by a small group of individuals who are key to the proper functioning of our economic activity, given the importance of the role they play,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, April 10, 2021 3:01:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : "The facility has come at a very important time to deal with the overflow of COVID positive cases in the parish, and I am sure the doctors and nurses will appreciate doing what they can do to provide as best as possible a response to COVID infections in the parish," External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, April 10, 2021 3:01:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton explained : “We have to start planning to get back into the classrooms, and our children are waiting on that, and we are anxious, as a Government, to ensure that the education system begins to function in the normal way. And if you go by the two-jab arrangement, it’s important to get our teachers started now so that when they are to get the second jab in eight to 10 weeks, they would be protected in time for the resumption of face-to-face sessions, perhaps in September or before,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, April 9, 2021 9:55:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton declared : “What we really want to get out of this is a unified message to the country, to the people of Jamaica, that this is a risk that affects all of us and so it requires a solution from all of us,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, April 6, 2021 8:37:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The fact is that, beyond a certain point you really are testing with the same results, because that's the way the statistical modelling works… I do agree that there is a level at which you should not go below, but there are optimal levels and there are levels at which diminishing return sets in, unless your objective is to test to determine infection as opposed to prevention of the infection,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, April 5, 2021 6:12:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “I think our efforts are better placed on pushing for the protocols to be observed and, of course, in the vaccine plan that we are now rolling out,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, April 5, 2021 6:12:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton explained ( about Kingston Public ) : “There are some thirteen hospitals, including Kingston Public and the University Hospital, that are now in the red alert zone and they have all exceed 100% of their COVID-19 isolation capacity. To exceed the capacity means that we now have to house positive patients who have to be hospitalized under less than ideal circumstances. In other words, we have to put them in makeshift sections of the hospital. That is the clearest indicator of a system being overwhelmed — in some cases, up to 150% of capacity,” External link

sunstkitts Wednesday, March 31, 2021 4:49:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “This is a very volatile marketplace and it is a global challenge ... . However, the chances of the market becoming a lot more available for vaccines are greatly enhanced,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, March 31, 2021 9:11:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “We (had) about 64,000 doses so we are just about at the half-way mark and so we will continue to administer what we have. We do expect a shipment (of) 26,000 doses in early April, beyond that, we will have to see how the availability is,” External link

jamaica-star Sunday, March 28, 2021 9:11:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : "The day started very well and the numbers are picking up nicely," External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, March 28, 2021 8:43:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton added : "I think at this rate we will get to the 1,000 at 3 o'clock which is the scheduled cut off for appointments but persons in will be vaccinated," External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, March 28, 2021 8:43:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : "What we are hoping for is that overtime the vaccine market will free up and we will be able to have more vaccine blitz across the island," External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, March 28, 2021 8:43:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton stated : “The real challenge is over the next month to six weeks and we have to manage that. If we have to suspend for a while, we will just have to. It would be regrettable, but it is a possibility,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, March 27, 2021 11:33:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton asserted : “Vaccine nationalism is real, and it does undermine the concept of vaccine equity, which is something that COVAX was intended to achieve, but now has become a victim of because they can’t get the supplies,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, March 27, 2021 11:33:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton told : “It has been very difficult. In fact, Jamaica was the first country in the Caribbean to receive commercial doses. Now we have a formalised announcement that there is going to be a delay because India wants to keep the vaccine for its population because of the surges in that country,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, March 26, 2021 4:02:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “I am not going to play prophet or God to predict with certainty anything. This is a very volatile marketplace [and] situation. It is a global challenge, so I'm not going to speak with absolute certainty. What I will say, however, is that the chances of the market becoming a lot more available for vaccines are greatly enhanced, I think over the next two to three months, because the countries that are not holding back supplies from exports are using the supplies that they have for their internal population. I think it is a matter of time before they reach a particular point, either because of vaccine hesitancy or them exhausting the population that they are targeting, there will be vaccines available for the rest of the world” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, March 26, 2021 4:02:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The science of immunisation is that it saves lives. It has helped us as mankind to develop and overcome major obstacles in terms of diseases,” “As a country, we have been immunising our population for a long time. It is what we used to eliminate polio, control measles, chickenpox, mumps, significantly preventing premature deaths and allowing life expectancy to be what it is today, which is 74 years for men and 76 years for women” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, March 25, 2021 9:03:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “What it will do is enforce the health and safety measures so that we ensure that persons who breach the laws can be held accountable,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, March 24, 2021 12:05:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Given the statistics and social and economic consequences, NCDs have to be a major priority for the Government and public health system and should be for the citizens of Jamaica at large,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, March 24, 2021 10:03:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “It is not painful. I am just a bit nervous with so many of you (journalists) here today. I have deliberately chosen the Spanish Town Hospital to show that we are in a state of readiness,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, March 22, 2021 9:22:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton told : “It's one vial — 10 doses. It is not a case with multiple vials and multiple doses,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, March 21, 2021 11:47:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “We start with the 75 years and over, so if you're 75 years old and over, if your mother is 75 years old and over, your father, your uncle, your brother, and you want to help them... come Monday, you call this number and you will get on the other end, a response,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, March 20, 2021 2:44:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “It is much as what we see as to what we do. Frontline workers are vulnerable and in my instance, I am much a frontline worker as anybody else. I am out in the field. The truth is all elected officials go out in the field and provide leadership on the ground, so we are all exposed,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, March 20, 2021 10:32:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “This means we are just short six percentage points of the overall number we have set, which I think is very good,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, March 20, 2021 9:28:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton noted : “We have administered, I’m told, up to today, nearly 1,700 vials each with 10 doses. We are now at 34 per cent of our target for the month and just one per cent of target for the year, so we still have a long way to go,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, March 20, 2021 9:28:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “We start with the 75 years and over, so if you’re 75 years old and over, if your mother is 75 years old and over, your father, your uncle, your brother, and you want to help them... come Monday, you call this number and you will get on the other end, a response,” External link

jamaica-star Saturday, March 20, 2021 8:02:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Even though there is one number, that number allows multiple persons to call and multiple persons on the other end of the line to answer,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, March 19, 2021 2:10:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The vaccine plan assumes as a routine, not based on any call by anybody, auditing the process to ensure that we report on the usage of each dose, and so it is in that audit that that particular breach was picked up,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, March 18, 2021 10:50:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The fact that we have picked it up, if we weren’t auditing, we wouldn’t have picked it up, and it could be more prevalent rather than stopping it,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, March 18, 2021 10:50:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton told : “It’s one vial - 10 doses. It is not a case with multiple vials and multiple doses,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, March 18, 2021 10:50:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “It’s important that Jamaica appreciate the important role of our security personnel, JDF (Jamaica Defence Force) and JCF. They are front-line workers. They are the ones in the fields every day and interact with the general public and interact with the public on the COVID response in terms of enforcing the rules of engagement, the quarantine, and so on,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, March 18, 2021 10:50:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said ( about Keith Duncan ) : “The vaccine plan for [phase two] had tourism, banking and a number of sectors that would be given priority as part of restoring economic normality, which is essential in order for us to get back on track. I have been in conversation with Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica President Keith Duncan and we have added to that group the BPO sector. This is important for job creation and foreign exchange earnings as well as the construction sector, retail and distribution,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, March 17, 2021 8:42:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “I doubt that allegation, but if it were to happen, those who are held responsible will be brought to book very severely because that would be a major breach of the trust that we would place in our medical team to deliver vaccines in a very equitable way,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, March 17, 2021 10:37:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Many of them turned up and brought with them their significant other, their caregivers, or their very close friends,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, March 17, 2021 10:37:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton added : “The truth is because we were serving private practitioners ... so you come to a location and you see a lot of not-so-inexpensive cars, persons who are in line, there is an impression that is formed that it is an uptown crowd, and the truth is that category of persons who were being served at that time would create that impression,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, March 17, 2021 10:37:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Jamaica has done well, to date. We have a spike now, but after 12 months, we have done well, when compared to the rest of the world, thanks to our public health team and the strategy they have deployed,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, March 17, 2021 1:39:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “We have a lot of work to do as leaders in this country. We cannot face a crisis of this proportion, global in scope, significant in terms of devastation and potential and impact on every single sector, and you don’t approach it with a solution that includes everybody,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, March 17, 2021 1:36:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Jamaica has done well, to date. We have a spike now, but after 12 months, we have done well, when compared to the rest of the world, thanks to our public health team and the strategy they have deployed,” External link

jis Tuesday, March 16, 2021 10:54:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Our position is that we remain committed to the vaccine and the efficacy of the vaccine as outlined by experts and the WHO [World Health Organization]. The WHO's position remains, and the vaccine has been administered to millions of persons so far around the world, and we have not had incidents that could change that expert view that it is an effective and safe vaccine,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, March 16, 2021 8:26:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “It really is significant that one year exactly to the day after discovering the first COVID-19 case, we are now administering the first set of jabs. It has been a challenging year between those two dates. There have been many victories, a few defeats, and we have learnt a lot,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, March 16, 2021 6:56:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “It's good to see all hands on deck in the COVID response. Sandals continues to be a good corporate citizen. I salute them for their efforts and hope others will follow,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, March 16, 2021 6:56:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “with these additional doses, Jamaica will continue to vaccinate members of the priority groups, including healthcare workers, members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF), senior parliamentarians and elders in institutions” External link

jis Tuesday, March 16, 2021 6:00:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton noted : “We are pleased that Jamaica is the first country in the Caribbean to receive vaccines under the COVAX Facility. Vaccination has proven an undeniable success in the public health toolkit to reduce the burden of infectious disease and vaccines under the COVAX facility represents a key part of our response to this global pandemic. The amount received will be used to inoculate our healthcare workers and other frontline workers, who have been at the core of our COVID-19 response,” External link

reliefWeb Tuesday, March 16, 2021 4:12:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton noted : “We are pleased that Jamaica is the first country in the Caribbean to receive vaccines under the COVAX Facility. Vaccination has proven an undeniable success in the public health toolkit to reduce the burden of infectious disease and vaccines under the COVAX facility represents a key part of our response to this global pandemic. The amount received will be used to inoculate our healthcare workers and other frontline workers, who have been at the core of our COVID-19 response,” External link

cnc3 Tuesday, March 16, 2021 5:26:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton noted : “We are pleased that Jamaica is the first country in the Caribbean to receive vaccines under the COVAX Facility. Vaccination has proven an undeniable success in the public health toolkit to reduce the burden of infectious disease and vaccines under the COVAX facility represents a key part of our response to this global pandemic. The amount received will be used to inoculate our healthcare workers and other frontline workers, who have been at the core of our COVID-19 response,” External link

stabroeknews Tuesday, March 16, 2021 4:36:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton told : “It depends on how quickly we get through some of the other priority groups … . It would be April, not March, but April,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, March 13, 2021 12:42:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton told : “The facility here is very laid out. All the stages of registration, counselling, vaccine administration, observation, and documentation are in place. The facility is very comfortable and the staff here are all motivated. I’m very pleased with what I’m seeing,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, March 12, 2021 10:25:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Our position remains the same, informed by the WHO, that the vaccine is safe,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, March 12, 2021 2:18:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton told : “We expect that there is going to be suspicion out of uncertainty and outright rejection of the vaccine. It’s all around us,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, March 11, 2021 9:30:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton remarked : “There’s a lot of price increases because of the supply and demand issue. We have some challenges ahead, but we are working on it,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, March 11, 2021 9:30:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Although age, genetics, family history and other medical conditions, like diabetes and inflammatory bowel disease, may increase one’s risk, we can control the many other major risk factors. One such is the impact of our lifestyle choices. Our diet, for a start, is an area over which we have control to make our own decisions,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, March 10, 2021 10:30:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The health ministry is encouraging all Jamaicans to participate in all the exciting initiatives during the month, and share what they are doing with them. Learn as much as you can, encourage your friends to join in on all the fun you are going to have and most of all, enjoy your baskets of healthy foods, compliments of RADA,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, March 10, 2021 10:30:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Jamaican people will die. It’s as simple as that,” External link

sunstkitts Monday, March 8, 2021 3:13:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The truth is we do not have enough policemen or soldiers to police every shop in Jamaica, to police every beach in Jamaica, to look over every single individual in this country, and it is downright unfair for persons to blame our public health officials, our public health teams, our doctors, and our nurses when they cannot get through at a hospital because they are there because they went to the party that they should not have gone to, or to the beach or the funeral that they should not have congregated at and have picked up the virus, and then they expect the Government or the public health system to solve the problem. And if we don’t do it, we get cuss,” External link

sunstkitts Monday, March 8, 2021 3:13:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “We will continue to do what we must as a public health system, as a Government. We will work hard to provide the beds, to ensure that the doctors are alert, to ensure that you get triaged or looked after when you turn up, but the reality is there is so much and no more of us. There are so many beds and no more beyond a certain point, and, truthfully, it doesn’t have to be this way, we don’t have to have the overcrowding if we respect the protocols and take personal responsibility,” External link

sunstkitts Monday, March 8, 2021 3:13:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “I am told that by this weekend... Sunday, we should see patients being placed in this ward. There are at least six or seven that are ready to be put into the ward,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, March 8, 2021 10:33:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “It's a very timely delivery of this asset, because what it means is that we now have 36 additional beds to add to this western region. Already the hospitals here are at capacity, with Cornwall Regional over 130 per cent with COVID bed occupation,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, March 8, 2021 10:33:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton stated : “All the support systems are in place for the facility to become operational,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, March 8, 2021 8:47:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton explained : “We have had to make some adjustments; the weather played a great part in influencing the delay, as for three weeks it rained,” “The landscaping was not in the original budget, but we got value for money” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, March 8, 2021 8:47:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton added : “Come Monday morning, six patients will be transferred to this new ward,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, March 8, 2021 8:47:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Five years ago when I came here (Falmouth), the bed count was under 100. Today, because of COVID-19 and what is happening at Cornwall Regional Hospital, the bed count is now 220. This further qualifies the hospital for Type B status,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, March 8, 2021 8:47:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Jamaicans, people will die! It’s as simple as that. I’m sorry if some persons are offended by this straight and plain talk. But I believe that it is very important that all of us appreciate and understand the consequences of our actions,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, March 8, 2021 2:01:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton stated : “This is not an attempt to rid [the] Government of its responsibilities, contrary to what some may say or some may think. The truth is, we do not have enough policemen or soldiers to police every shop in Jamaica, to police every beach in Jamaica, to look over every single individual in this country. And it is downright unfair for persons to blame our public health officials ... when they cannot get through at a hospital because they are there because they went to the party that they should not have gone to, or to the beach, or to the funeral they shouldn't have congregated at and picked up the virus; and then they expect the Government or the public health system to solve the problem, and if we don’t do it we get cuss,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, March 8, 2021 2:01:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “I am sorry if some persons are offended by this straight and plain talk but I believe that it is very important that all of us appreciate and understand the consequences of our action,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, March 8, 2021 1:13:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “We will continue to do what we must as a public health system, as a government. We will work hard to provide the beds, to ensure that the doctors are alert, to ensure that you get triaged or looked after when you turn up but the reality is there is so much and no more of us, there is so many beds and no more beyond a certain point, and truthfully, it doesn't have to be this way, we don't have to have the overcrowding if we respect the protocols and take personal responsibility,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, March 8, 2021 1:13:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton added : “We will now embark on one of the most significant logistics exercise that this country has seen but it is important that we recognise until then, we must observe the protocols. We must continue to wear the mask, continue to physical distance, continue to sanitise, otherwise we will see worse days ahead,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, March 8, 2021 1:13:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The Ministry of Health and Wellness has a responsibility to ensure that recommendations given from a policy level regarding medicines and therapeutics...[are only for those] medicines with proven safety, effectiveness and efficacy are available to the population,” “The use of unproven drugs can lead to a waste of resources, harmful effects and can also reduce the availability of the drug for its recommended use” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, March 7, 2021 1:37:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton asserted : “If it means taking action against those who may be responsible, we should not hesitate so to do,” “If it is about systemic failures, then those systems have to be corrected. Whatever it is, we must understand it and correct it. Asthma is too common an ailment in this country to have persons dying” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, March 7, 2021 9:09:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton added ( about Christopher Tufton ) : "All the support systems are in place for the facility to become operational,” stated Tufton following his tour. “The doctors and nurses and other needed staff have been recruited. The equipment, which is a gift from Pan American Health Authority Organization (PAHO), all brand new, has been installed. Come Monday morning, six patients will be transferred to this new ward," External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, March 6, 2021 8:50:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton explained ( about Christopher Tufton ) : “Five years ago when I came here (Falmouth) the bed count was under 100. Today, because of COVID-19 and what is happening at Cornwall Regional Hospital, the bed count is now 220. This further qualifies the hospital for Type B status," said Tufton. When questioned about the cost over-run incurred for the field hospital as a result of missing the original November 30, 2020 completion date, Tufton had this to say. "We have had to make some adjustments, the weather played a great part in influencing the delay as for three weeks it rained,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, March 6, 2021 8:50:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The Ministry of Health and Wellness fully supports the Heart Foundation's campaign, especially during the pandemic, as we need to emphasise the health risks of unhealthy foods and drinks to encourage Jamaicans to make healthier choices to protect themselves and our children from NCDs,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, March 5, 2021 12:52:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton stated : “Cornwall, as an institution providing health care remains intact. The doctors, the nurses, the lab services, cancer treatment, the dialysis … all of those are there. I am very proud of the team and the workers there who have really maintained that position for the interest of the people in the area,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, March 4, 2021 5:09:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton argued : “A hospital is not an apartment building. It is an extremely complicated environment that involves airflow and other issues around infection prevention and control, and experience plays an important part in the managing of the overall project,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, March 4, 2021 5:09:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “We are going to be setting up very large centres... we are going to have to pull on more than just public sector doctors and nurses. In order for us to move the numbers at the pace we would like, we are going to have to depend on the private sector doctors and nurses, retired doctors and nurses, the medical teams at the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF), for example, and a number of other competent individuals,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, March 3, 2021 12:20:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton stated : “We want to get that up to a minimum 60 per cent,” “We have some convincing to do. We want to start with our most important constituents nurses, doctors who are the drivers” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, March 3, 2021 12:20:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “No hospital should turn away anyone who has asthma attack ... ,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, March 3, 2021 10:59:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : "This supply represents a first instalment of a total allocation of some 124,800 doses of vaccine under the COVAX arrangement in the first instance," External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, March 1, 2021 9:30:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : "The mandate is to source and supply some 3.5 million doses of vaccine by March 2021 to apply to approximately 65 per cent of the Jamaican population," External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, March 1, 2021 9:30:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : "Our target is some 65 per cent of that group and based on the information that we have- again it's further justification for what we've been saying all along that there is still a lot of work to be done to get Jamaicans to appreciate the value of the vaccine and then taking the vaccine," External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, March 1, 2021 9:30:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton noted ( about Health Centre ) : “Health workers are under tremendous pressure, emotionally and physically. Therefore, any help must be welcome. Health workers are at the front in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, so much so that they are always at risk,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, February 27, 2021 9:53:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Can you imagine if we didn’t have health centres during this time? We know that things would have been unbearable,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, February 27, 2021 9:53:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “We are ready. We can administer the vaccine,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, February 25, 2021 8:29:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The dosages are very small, compact, so it doesn’t require a lot of space to transport quite a lot of dosages, so that is fine,” “We could literally put it on a panel van with the ice pack and the igloo and preserve the temperature” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, February 25, 2021 8:29:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said ( about National Health ) : "In visiting two of the National Health Fund’s facilities today, I got to tour two of their cold storage units which will be used to store and maintain the viability of the COVID-19 vaccine," External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, February 25, 2021 5:16:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “There are other challenges there too but we are working to expand the staffing capacity; each regional health authority has been instructed to hire additional staff based on their needs assessment. The hiring of additional staff is extremely important,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, February 24, 2021 12:48:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “are are very close to being deployed,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, February 24, 2021 12:48:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “It is really difficult. As much as I would like to provide specific dates...I will wait until we get confirmation of the shipment. We think it will happen, but the question is the time period,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, February 24, 2021 11:44:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Persons who may have been retired who still have the energy and the interest, we would like to bring them back on board, at least for a period of time to deal with the challenges that we face,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, February 24, 2021 10:01:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton told : “There is no $422 million being spent on marketing and public relations. There is a general category in the vaccine plan that deals with demand generation and communication, which was interpreted as marketing and public relations. A breakout of the figures clearly demonstrates that this should not be a traditional interpretation of marketing and PR,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, February 22, 2021 2:28:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “In keeping with the prime minister's instructions, I have asked for a review to see if further adjustments can be made to achieve the objectives that have been set” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, February 22, 2021 2:28:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton told : “Jamaica has always indicated its policy position around vaccines, and it is that we have to ensure that the vaccines we bring in, promote and administer to the public go through critical stages of trials and are signed off on by the World Health Organization (WHO),” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, February 21, 2021 10:56:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton noted : “It may not be the quantities that we would like but we have committed to purchasing 3.5 million doses, enough for two million people during this budget. So the resources are there,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, February 21, 2021 10:56:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “I am not envious of what they need to do, because it is a lot. Sometimes we get the impression when we see $400 million believing it’s a lot,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, February 20, 2021 8:50:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “There was a hitch, in that there was a budgetary period which ended, and so the incentive payment was essentially discontinued or had expired,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, February 19, 2021 3:03:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “In addition to that, remember that our commitment is to secure vaccines that are safe and [which] go through the process and that is how we have operated to date,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, February 19, 2021 11:44:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “We are pursuing the legal option. We want to test the law in court. I can't tell you how it will turn out, but at least it will ventilate the issue,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, February 19, 2021 8:33:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “It was a good meeting. We had extensive conversations; we looked at some of the challenges that we are now facing, associated with the surge and some of the approaches that might need to be adjusted to dealing with that, as well as, as I said, the arrangement around vaccine and access,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, February 18, 2021 12:30:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The MOU is focusing on accessing vaccines, not for profit, but to get the economy and the people within the country sufficiently safe so we can get back up and running quickly. That is a very important point to note. So it's not that the private sector is seeking a return on this particular venture, but they see the value and the return in a more substantial way in getting the economy back up and running,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, February 17, 2021 2:53:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “No. In fact, it will enhance the arrangements that are stated in the plan because we are going to attempt to access more vaccines, and by accessing more vaccines we can deal with the vulnerable quicker and the balance of the population in a much more speedier approach,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, February 17, 2021 2:53:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The vaccine is not mandatory now; right now it is really about moral suasion, which is why we have to get the country to appreciate why it is important,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, February 17, 2021 2:14:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said ( about Jamaica Chamber ) : “On behalf of the government of Jamaica, through the Ministry of Health and Wellness, we welcome this partnership with the private sector as we all share the common goal of ensuring that we recover from this pandemic in a manner that sees our citizens safe,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, February 16, 2021 9:07:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “It is a crazy situation when people leave their significant others at hospitals. The situation has to be challenged in the courts,” “A lawyer has been engaged to see how we can address it” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, February 16, 2021 10:54:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “This is good news for us, as a country, as we move closer to the introduction of vaccines in the island, as part of our COVID-19 response. We can now further seek out other sources that have these approved vaccines available, even as we anticipate the arrival of some doses of these COVID-19 vaccines manufactured by AstraZeneca in the coming weeks through the COVAX facility,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, February 16, 2021 12:31:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton cited ( about Errol Greene ) : "I think it (field hospital) will be a very important addition to the COVID ward capacity that we need in the region. I looked at the numbers this (yesterday) morning on my way here, and as attested by the regional director, Errol Greene, we are under pressure in the region. There is 90 per cent (occupancy) or a little over 90 per cent of our COVID wards. It's the highest it has been since we have had to deal with COVID in the region," "It is certainly higher than the national average of 85 per cent. So Western Jamaica is under pressure. And at this rate, if we continue to see increases in numbers of COVID cases, you are likely to see increases of hospitalisation because the two are related and then from there you are likely to see greater burden on the public health system," External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, February 14, 2021 12:07:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “It is not just about how many people get COVID because I think we have long established that people will get COVID,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, February 13, 2021 7:21:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “From a COVID ward care perspective, you do need certified clinicians, nurses, and doctors,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, February 13, 2021 7:21:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “So, the public can feel safe that when we endorse and make available a vaccine for the population, the country would have taken all the safeguards to protect the health of the populace,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, February 13, 2021 10:23:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The length of time for development and the side effects have created a real narrative and a real challenge for Jamaica,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, February 12, 2021 6:49:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “We can help to avert the negative financial implications associated with the failure to constructively and consistently engage on mental issues. Mental health is a big issue, even before COVID, and it is a bigger issue now,” External link

jis Friday, February 12, 2021 4:52:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton told : “What has been more important to us is that the vaccines are safe and deemed so to be by the competent authority, which is the World Health Organization, and that is what has driven us to date, nothing else,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, February 12, 2021 11:01:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The length of time for development and the side effects have created a real narrative and a real challenge for Jamaica,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, February 12, 2021 11:01:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “It is not just about how many people get COVID because I think we have long established that people will get COVID,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, February 12, 2021 11:01:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “From a COVID ward care perspective, you do need certified clinicians, nurses, and doctors,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, February 12, 2021 11:01:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Our number one priority remains safety and the Government through the ministry, will continue to seek out all avenues to the best health outcome for every citizen,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, February 12, 2021 7:05:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton admitted : “This is the highest rate we have seen in any single period of testing…which would create another sort of record for a 24-hour cycle,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, February 9, 2021 7:19:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton told : “Our usual approach is to report to Cabinet for their consideration and decision on measures to be taken. We are examining the number to determine specific geographic or institutional areas of concern, including contact tracing, to determine source of spread,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, February 7, 2021 10:07:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The cases are arising more and more out of symptomatic persons presenting to health facilities. Symptomatic persons are not taking precautions at home with the result that contact tracing is yielding several positives in the households and communities. Many of these contacts are without symptoms and are not adhering to any infection prevention and control measures,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, February 6, 2021 3:55:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton added : “COVID-19 is not over; it is still a clear and present danger, as we investigate these cases, we expect that our numbers may increase even further, therefore, we need to keep washing our hands frequently or using hand sanitiser, keeping a physical distance of six feet from others; wearing our masks; avoiding crowded situations, and adhering to all the measures outlined in the Disaster Risk Management Act,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, February 6, 2021 3:55:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton added : “COVID-19 is not over; it is still a clear and present danger, as we investigate these cases, we expect that our numbers may increase even further, therefore, we need to keep washing our hands frequently or using hand sanitiser, keeping a physical distance of six feet from others; wearing our masks; avoiding crowded situations, and adhering to all the measures outlined in the Disaster Risk Management Act,” External link

jamaica-star Saturday, February 6, 2021 3:24:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton added : “COVID-19 is not over; it is still a clear and present danger, as we investigate these cases, we expect that our numbers may increase even further, therefore, we need to keep washing our hands frequently or using hand sanitiser, keeping a physical distance of six feet from others; wearing our masks; avoiding crowded situations, and adhering to all the measures outlined in the Disaster Risk Management Act,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, February 5, 2021 11:49:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton added : “COVID-19 is not over; it is still a clear and present danger, as we investigate these cases, we expect that our numbers may increase even further, therefore, we need to keep washing our hands frequently or using hand sanitizer, keeping a physical distance of six feet from others; wearing our masks; avoiding crowded situations, and adhering to all the measures outlined in the Disaster Risk Management Act,” External link

jis Friday, February 5, 2021 10:15:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Our commitment has been to explore other options for vaccines outside of the COVAX facility,” External link

news-yahoo Friday, February 5, 2021 3:33:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The Heart Foundation embodies what it means to be committed to a cause, and for me, there is no greater cause than public health,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, February 5, 2021 9:20:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “COVID-19 puts people with NCDs at higher risk of death and severe illness with the disease. A look at the COVID-19-related deaths in Jamaica makes the point — of the 339 deceased cases up to January 25, 2021, some 198, or 58.4 per cent, had a cardiovascular disease,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, February 5, 2021 9:20:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton admitted : “It is a concern for a couple of reasons. It's a concern based on our experience with the last new vaccine that we tried to administer, or that we have been administering to the country,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, February 3, 2021 10:00:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton stated : “This means that some 125,000 Jamaicans could receive the vaccine in the latter part of February into March,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, February 3, 2021 2:33:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton stated : “But to date, so far, so good, the commitments have remained true,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, February 3, 2021 2:33:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “A lovely parish, a Garden Parish with all the beautiful people, but too many of these beautiful people don’t want to hide their beauty enough to wear a mask,” “If you don’t follow the rules, we’re going to act in the interest of all concerned” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, February 1, 2021 9:28:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton told : “There may be some who can afford to pay for it, and they should. I would encourage it, frankly speaking,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, January 29, 2021 10:47:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “I don't think we should ignore that principle should equally apply to source a commodity that is important to addressing COVID and serve the greater good of our population; there may be some that can afford to pay for it — and they should and I would encourage it frankly speaking — and for those who can't, the public health system has an obligation to ensure that they get,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, January 29, 2021 9:44:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton declared : “I have to use the occasion to appeal to the residents of the parish of Manchester, who depend on a facility such as this one, and other health care facilities, and without which they would have much more challenges...to the extent that we can put less of a burden on the public health system [as] it is really serving your personal interest as well as the interest of the community,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, January 29, 2021 9:44:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton added : “We are heading for trouble if we don't change course,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, January 29, 2021 9:44:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton added : “The extent that you can take the extra precaution, I am urging you to take that extra precaution. None of us can afford to feel that, because a hospital is here, and we have dedicated staff, and because we have new ambulance...you can therefore become irresponsible about your behaviour, because there is always somewhere to go for a prescription or a bed or a surgeon or a nurse,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, January 29, 2021 9:44:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “It is not always going to be like that. If all of us are irresponsible, that is just the practical reality that we face. So it is important that we appeal to each other for responsible behaviour, as we seek to support the collective effort to overcome COVID and the other risks that we face,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, January 29, 2021 9:44:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “With a positivity rate over the last two weeks of 27.8 per cent, let me put it in context – the country has a positivity rate during that same period of just under 11 per cent. Manchester positivity rate means that for every 100 persons that are tested for COVID almost 28 are positive for COVID,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, January 29, 2021 9:44:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “There are many tropical fruits and vegetables that are fresh from the fields that are without chemicals or preservatives, are natural, have complex carbohydrates, proteins and nutritional value. You are better off focusing on that kind of consumption,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, January 29, 2021 12:21:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton added : “For us, amber means the next stage is red, and that doesn’t translate to stop. It means people are going to have a difficulty accessing care,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, January 28, 2021 10:19:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “That will be monitored carefully. We will look at what the hospitalisation rate is, positivity rate is, and what the compliance rates are and that [assessment] triggers either an easing of those restrictions, maintaining or expanding,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, January 28, 2021 10:19:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Anything is possible, but it doesn’t mean it is going to happen” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, January 28, 2021 10:19:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton told : “While the Government would be seeking to target the most vulnerable, if the private sector targets some of the most vulnerable and some of the others, you still get to a number that would give the entire population a benefit,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, January 28, 2021 10:19:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “We have discussed a few logistic issues in terms of timelines and some of the other issues that are necessary to ensure that the work continues on the ground,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, January 27, 2021 2:24:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton explained : “That discussion was good, we expressed our thanks as a government, and also as the Western Regional Health Authority and as a hospital. It’s about a commitment to cooperate, to work with the hospital and the people,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, January 27, 2021 2:24:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “What you have learnt represents the best practices and it is up to you to go and deliver. There is a lot that is riding on your shoulders,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, January 27, 2021 10:20:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Further to the announcement that Cabinet had given approval for the ministry to source safe vaccines from other facilities outside of the COVAX Facility, I am pleased to announce that meetings have been held with the Ambassadors of China, Cuba and India,” “During these meetings we have expressed Jamaica's interest in obtaining vaccines from these countries, once they become available and are safe for our population. These countries are well advanced in the research and clinical trials of vaccines,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, January 27, 2021 7:09:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “What you have learnt represents the best practices and it is up to you to go and deliver. There is a lot that is riding on your shoulders,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, January 26, 2021 9:40:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “There is no law, particularly if they are a trained clinician, a doctor that would allow us to go in and to sort of confiscate what they have and to sort of enforce in that way,” External link

stabroeknews Tuesday, January 26, 2021 5:48:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “These countries are well advanced in the research and clinical trials of their vaccines. Our number one priority remains the safety of our people,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, January 26, 2021 11:59:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “There is no law, particularly if they are a trained clinician, a doctor that would allow us to go in and to sort of confiscate what they have and to sort of enforce in that way,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, January 26, 2021 10:32:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “If in the assessment of the public health and the education fraternity in the parish, led of course by the Ministry, there is a concern that would necessitate that decision, then that decision will be announced,” “The need was not determined that that is the direction that we should go and therefore we continue to have face to face in those cases where they have been established,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, January 26, 2021 1:42:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “During the period, gatherings in a public place should not exceed 10 persons and markets and vending in public arcades and public transportation centres are only allowed between the hours of 6:00 am and 6:00 pm,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, January 25, 2021 11:15:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The ministry does not include unauthorised tests. We do, however, have an established healthcare infrastructure involved in monitoring the status of the virus in the population and we have confidence in those numbers,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, January 24, 2021 10:48:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Nothing prevents a doctor from doing a test and there is nothing that prescribes where he can do it. That’s the challenge,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, January 24, 2021 10:48:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “This comes against the background of what we know is an extremely stressful time for many individuals, including our young people, and given what we know of mental illness in our local and global contexts,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, January 22, 2021 9:15:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton added : “It means, ladies and gentlemen, that we must act quickly and decisively to respond to the needs of those among us who are in need of mental health support. Today's 32 graduates of the Basic Psychological First Aid Training Certification, provided by the Jamaica Red Cross, make up the first cohort of persons who will serve as our 'Reach Out Rangers' to help us do just that,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, January 22, 2021 9:15:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton declared : “I am happy to report that the programme is receiving a high level of interest from the Jamaican public. We have, over the last month to two months, received in excess of 130 volunteer applications. We are currently vetting the list of persons and will, in the next week to two weeks, train another 50 persons,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, January 22, 2021 9:15:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “All of those represent a way of life that oftentimes facilitate mental health challenges,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, January 21, 2021 5:14:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “All of those represent a way of life that oftentimes facilitate mental health challenges,” External link

jis Thursday, January 21, 2021 4:56:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “We are building one at Falmouth (in Trelawny) and it will create excess capacity for any overflow, and that facility is expected to be ready for the middle of next month,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, January 21, 2021 10:21:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton added : “I am not saying that we can’t add one or two things. I would love to see us doing a little more surgeries, and maybe another one or two areas that we could add to facilitate the supporting infrastructure and so, but to build a field hospital as a replacement for what is here, we don’t think we are there yet, or at this point in time,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, January 21, 2021 10:21:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton argued : “If it’s a field hospital for general services, we are not of the view that we need a field hospital at this point in time,” “Again, we should not confuse the incomplete nature of the building with the service provision of the hospital, because the services are still there” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, January 21, 2021 10:21:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton noted : “The purpose of the public education and sensitisation campaign is to foster trust of the vaccine, dispel myths and misinformation, provide factual and accurate information about vaccination and gain public input in the vaccination strategies to be employed,” External link

jis Wednesday, January 20, 2021 8:40:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “I fully appreciate his anxiety, but we are faced with a very practical scenario and that is, that you can't access what is not available and that is the real challenge we face, and I say this respectfully: It is one thing to say we have to achieve 60 per cent to get to herd immunity but if the supplies are just not there, they are just not there,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, January 20, 2021 12:44:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton added : “We will need a bipartisan approach; 16 per cent is a conservative figure, [but] I do believe we will get more,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, January 20, 2021 12:44:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “This past week I met with the Chinese Embassy around the Adolescent and Paediatric Hospital, and as you know, that facility is going to be right here [on the grounds of the CRH]. The arrangements are now being put in place for a second work team to continue the work,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, January 19, 2021 11:07:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The delays we have suffered, linked to the Chinese buildout, are significantly influenced by COVID-19, because COVID-19 has restricted travel and a number of other things. That project is off schedule by just over a year, but that is largely a function of the COVID-19 virus and its impact on the movement of people and materials,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, January 19, 2021 11:07:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “They continue to do great work in terms of cancer treatment, dialysis has expanded, and I could go on. So from the service perspective, we have to continue to recognise and salute the work that has been done on the ground and is being done — and last year was no exception,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, January 18, 2021 3:06:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “I am very satisfied, having had those discussions, that there is a commitment to continue to assist and continue to provide the leadership that has been provided, and to continue the collaboration with the clinical team,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, January 18, 2021 3:06:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton explained : “So, that project is off by just over a year but largely a function of the virus and its impact on the movement of people and material, and all that,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, January 18, 2021 3:06:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “I remain proud of the team, because Cornwall Regional as a clinical service provider, has not budged in terms of those services and again I keep saying to persons that they must make a distinction between the building and the service provision, the work is going on,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, January 18, 2021 1:55:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “They continue to do great work in terms of cancer treatment, dialysis has expanded and I could go on. So from the service perspective, we have to continue to recognize and salute the work that has been done on the ground and is being done, and last year was no exception,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, January 18, 2021 1:55:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton added : “That discussion was good, we expressed our thanks as usual as a government, but also as a regional authority. The response is that it is about a re-commitment to co-operate, to work with the hospital and the people because… it really is part of ministry to help those who are less fortunate and there is a lot of demonstration of that by just making the facility available,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, January 18, 2021 1:55:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “I am very satisfied having had those discussions that there is a commitment to continue to assist and continue to provide the leadership that has been provided, and to continue the collaboration with the clinical team,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, January 18, 2021 1:55:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “I have been very frank to say that there needs to be a rethink, based on an analysis of what has happened to date. Frankly speaking, Cornwall needs to be a teaching moment for all of us, because there are plans to build [and] renovate several hospitals and we have to take the lessons learned here at this facility to inform us on the way forward,” “In terms of other renovations that are coming up and new hospitals that are to be built, [we must have] a maintenance schedule, so we never ever get to the point where a hospital collapses, because that is what has happened as it relates to this building,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, January 17, 2021 9:37:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton stated : “We should not confuse the incomplete nature of the building with the service provision of the hospital, because the services are still there,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, January 17, 2021 11:51:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “We are trying to secure for the population,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, January 17, 2021 10:07:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “I am not sure where my parliamentary colleague would have gotten that figure, as that is not the figure I have been working with or that I have been informed of,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, January 16, 2021 4:17:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Right now the numbers are suggesting that too many of us are not taking this issue seriously... I just walk from down at the gas station to this point [ the bus park], and I must tell you for every ten people, five of them are not wearing mask which means half of you are exposing yourself and putting yourself at risk,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, January 15, 2021 5:38:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The ministry, in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, will begin the process of exploring how we can leverage our international engagements to secure additional supply access for safe vaccines,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, January 15, 2021 3:26:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton informed : “I can announce that, further to my update in November, the ministry has been advised by the COVAX Facility that the first batch of vaccines that are due in April 2021, has been increased from an original one per cent to five per cent. This represents a total of approximately 292,000 doses, enough to vaccinate approximately 146,000 Jamaicans,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, January 15, 2021 3:26:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “It is another case of our working together as a team, as a country, to protect our population – our locals and those who visit,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, January 15, 2021 10:56:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “It is another case of our working together as a team, as a country, to protect our population – our locals and those who visit,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, January 15, 2021 2:13:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The interventions in Westmoreland have resulted in the reduction in reported cases to 51 active cases as at January 11, 2021. The total occupancy at the Savanna-la-Mar Hospital is now 56 per cent for isolation, a significant reduction from the above 80 per cent isolation occupancy reported in December,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, January 15, 2021 2:13:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : "This is the first and second highest rates in the island," External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, January 13, 2021 10:29:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton told : “The idea is to see to what extent any sort of government-to-government arrangement would allow us access to some of their vaccines coming out of those countries where manufacturing takes place,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, January 13, 2021 10:29:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The intention is to support measures to reduce alcohol abuse, not to stop alcohol consumption. This is important to understand. Alcohol abuse is a main contributor of lifestyle diseases and death. It’s important to discourage that,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, January 13, 2021 10:29:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The vaccination of the elderly and frontline workers who are most at risk is crucial to the overall efficacy of the programme,” “Through vaccination of the elderly, we will immediately cauterise the number of persons who have negative outcomes due an infection of COVID-19, and by vaccinating our frontline workers, greater levels of service delivery can be realised through the reduction of their risk profile based on infection” External link

stabroeknews Wednesday, January 13, 2021 9:28:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The vaccination of the elderly and frontline workers who are most at risk is crucial to the overall efficacy of the programme,” “Through vaccination of the elderly, we will immediately cauterise the number of persons who have negative outcomes due an infection of COVID-19, and by vaccinating our frontline workers, greater levels of service delivery can be realised through the reduction of their risk profile based on infection” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, January 13, 2021 3:23:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Going forward, the Government will now enter bilateral meetings with states to include India, China and Cuba, to ascertain their level of support and to determine the best arrangement for acquisition and distribution of safe vaccines to the population,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, January 13, 2021 3:23:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton told : “There are worrying signs on the horizon,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, January 13, 2021 2:18:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “As such, the Ministry of Health and Wellness has indicated to the Cabinet that we will not require an extension of the special restrictions for that parish beyond the current time period. We thank the citizens of the parish, especially their elected officials, for their support and cooperation and advise that only through your maintenance of the protocols can we maintain and further reduce the spread of the disease,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, January 13, 2021 2:18:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : "This is the first and second highest rates in the island," External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, January 13, 2021 2:15:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton urged : "It is at this time that we say to the citizens of these parishes that you can reduce the spread of disease through your actions," External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, January 13, 2021 2:15:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton told : “I think the short notice by the Canadians is a major issue for us and I suspect many other countries due to the impracticality of the requirement for countries, particularly where there is heavy traffic between Canada and those countries, to come up to speed in such a short space of time,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, January 10, 2021 10:23:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton insisted : “The Government clearly has nothing to hide and has approached the COVID response in a very transparent way,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, January 6, 2021 11:51:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “We have no evidence to suggest that the new strain is in the population. It could be, but we have no evidence to support that it is. We acted appropriately, as is now being demonstrated by the actions we took in regard to the quarantining of the plane that came in from the UK. The surveillance will determine in due course where we are,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, January 6, 2021 11:51:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton insisted : “The Government clearly has nothing to hide and has approached the COVID response in a very transparent way,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, January 5, 2021 10:45:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “We have no evidence to suggest that the new strain is in the population. It could be, but we have no evidence to support that it is. We acted appropriately, as is now being demonstrated by the actions we took in regard to the quarantining of the plane that came in from the UK. The surveillance will determine in due course where we are,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, January 5, 2021 10:45:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton noted : “The Ministry of Health & Wellness is monitoring the situation in the UK, including the outcomes of virological investigations, while preparing for an expected surge in local cases of COVID-19. These factors will influence the Ministry’s recommendation regarding the lifting of the travel ban” External link

jis Monday, January 4, 2021 7:41:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The advice is no different from what we have been giving [up to now]. Parents must recognise that COVID-19 is around and that community transmission is still there, and they should take the extra precautions when their children are going out in terms of mask-wearing, sanitising, and giving their children advice around the distancing to the extent they can social distance,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, January 4, 2021 5:30:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton added : “There are some protocols, too, as it relates to those children who are coming home, in terms of how they change their clothing, where they place their shoes when they take them off, that sort of thing. There are protocols that the Ministry of Education, in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, will provide to ensure that the information is there, and what we ask is that we follow the protocols,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, January 4, 2021 5:30:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “As of now, there’s no evidence to confirm that this makes you more ill or it affects the initiatives that are now in progress towards having a vaccine,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, January 3, 2021 10:52:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton added : “We are monitoring. We are learning as we go along. To date, the evidence is not so damning that one should feel more threatened, except, of course, it spreads more rapidly,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, January 3, 2021 10:52:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “While it is early days yet, the trends are showing an uptick in the number of cases being reported, especially in the western end of the island,” “We are concerned and continue to be concerned about certain parishes… Westmoreland was one of the key parishes that we spoke about, and there were added restrictions there, but there are others, and it is a matter that we have to monitor carefully and act appropriately in order to cauterize the situation,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, January 3, 2021 5:05:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “As of now, our vaccine options are confined to the COVAX facility that we have signed on to and coordinated by the WHO/PAHO (Pan American Health Organization). That would include Moderna, not Pfizer or the Cuban vaccines. The situation could change over time, but this is the current status and is based on our dependence on a few factors, including WHO to validate the vaccine trials, ensuring we get access to vaccine when available, and support on pricing,” External link

repeatingislands Saturday, January 2, 2021 9:31:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “As of now, our vaccine options are confined to the COVAX facility that we have signed on to and coordinated by the WHO/PAHO (Pan American Health Organization). That would include Moderna, not Pfizer or the Cuban vaccines. The situation could change over time, but this is the current status and is based on our dependence on a few factors, including WHO to validate the vaccine trials, ensuring we get access to vaccine when available, and support on pricing,” External link

stabroeknews Monday, December 28, 2020 9:05:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “There is no law to prevent anyone from taking a vaccine that the Government does not sanction. However, access may be difficult unless the person visit the jurisdiction where it is being administered,” External link

stabroeknews Monday, December 28, 2020 9:05:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “As of now, our vaccine options are confined to the COVAX facility that we have signed on to and coordinated by the WHO/PAHO (Pan American Health Organization). That would include Moderna, not Pfizer or the Cuban vaccines. The situation could change over time, but this is the current status and is based on our dependence on a few factors, including WHO to validate the vaccine trials, ensuring we get access to vaccine when available, and support on pricing,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, December 27, 2020 10:27:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “There is no law to prevent anyone from taking a vaccine that the Government does not sanction. However, access may be difficult unless the person visit the jurisdiction where it is being administered,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, December 27, 2020 10:27:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Some people breach the quarantine arrangement, yes, and when they are apprehended they can be charged or placed in a State facility of one form or another, so we do take action,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, December 25, 2020 9:24:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton told : “This has been a challenging year and for 2021, I certainly wish for all Jamaicans a COVID-free year,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, December 24, 2020 9:33:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton added : “This is a big wish because we certainly expect COVID to continue but hopefully with a vaccine in 2021 we can break the back of COVID. And I certainly wish for no deaths even if we have persons who are positive,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, December 24, 2020 9:33:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton declared : “We sometimes don't like to see others successful unfortunately, we disparage too much, we abuse online or otherwise, and I just think that as a society we need to show more compassion and I do hope that is reflected in the 2021 new year's resolutions,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, December 24, 2020 9:33:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “At this point in time, nobody has raised it with me,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, December 23, 2020 10:10:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “For the numbers for today [yesterday], we think we do [have capacity]. We are going to have to look at the numbers for tomorrow [today]. We are still working on that,” External link

stabroeknews Tuesday, December 22, 2020 10:17:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “For the numbers for today [yesterday], we think we do [have capacity]. We are going to have to look at the numbers for tomorrow [today]. We are still working on that,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, December 22, 2020 9:25:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton told : “I had meetings today [yesterday] with clinical experts on the new strain of the virus and the logistical connection between Jamaica and the UK,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, December 21, 2020 3:34:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton told ( about Andrew Holness ) : “It is something I am seeking advice on and will take further advice through a discussion with the PM (Prime Minister Andrew Holness) and members of the Cabinet for any decision that could reflect the position that has been taken by other countries in Europe,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, December 21, 2020 10:53:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said ( about St Ann ) : “The belt from Westmoreland to St Ann creates a concern for the Ministry of Health and Wellness. The bed occupancy is high; now is not the time for complacency, now is the time to be more resolute,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, December 20, 2020 12:16:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The truth is, we have not built a hospital in Jamaica for nearly 30 years,” “A hospital is not an apartment building. It involves a lot more complicated moving parts … airflow, sanitisation issues … and we just don’t have the local experience” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, December 18, 2020 11:29:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton stated ( about St Ann ) : “The belt from Westmoreland to St Ann creates a concern for the Ministry of Health and Wellness. The bed occupancy is high. Now is not the time for complacency, now is the time to be more resolute. As an elected representative, you know who are the influencers in your districts and your communities; and you know who the deviants are. We have to assert ourselves that all of us have a responsibility,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, December 18, 2020 10:16:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton explained : “Without going into a lot of details, the general situation is that it is concerning. The numbers are higher than normal and certainly higher than the national average in terms of positivity rate,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, December 17, 2020 9:44:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “It is troubling for us in public health in terms of the government, because what it means is that, if we continue on this trajectory, it is going to have grave consequences in the months to come, and some of the decisions that we have taken in terms of restrictions may have to be tightened,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, December 17, 2020 9:44:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “We are concerned about the west because the west is where the most activity is now taking place from a COVID-19 ‘virus spread’ perspective. What the intelligence on the ground is suggesting is that too many people are just not observing the protocols, because we are still having the parties and people just do not seem to take this thing seriously unless they are directly affected,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, December 17, 2020 9:44:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “I was told no permission was granted for that (tennis) and a swimming tournament that is coming up. I don’t understand what is going on,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, December 17, 2020 9:44:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton added : “Everybody wants an exception and everybody wants everybody to comply, but you cannot have both. If you make provision and allow for one, what will you tell the others?” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, December 17, 2020 9:44:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “It is an interesting development. It is a concerning development [but] what we will do is monitor, get feedback, enquire, and then take decisions from there,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, December 17, 2020 9:16:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The international scientific community continues to monitor and study the virus,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, December 17, 2020 9:16:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton told : “When we look at the deaths in Westmoreland alone, we have had 22 deaths overall, 12 of those recorded in the last two weeks. Our surveillance at the hospital that serves the parish also shows a worrying trend, with COVID admissions increasing steadily over the last three months,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, December 16, 2020 10:17:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton disclosed : "I think the Government is looking on whether or not they should mandate a wholesale restriction on that and again, I will allow the prime minister to speak to that. But, we have to be concerned about what is happening," External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, December 16, 2020 1:46:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Those suggestions are bordering on absurdity,” “The truth is, any suggestion about selling Cornwall is contrary to government policy and for Cornwall to be used as an income-generating facility is contrary to government policy” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, December 15, 2020 10:58:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton told : “Too many recalibrations and too many re-evaluations, too many variations, and I believe it is substantially a function of inexperience,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, December 15, 2020 10:58:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton added : “I am suggesting that they have had very little, if any at all, [experience] in hospital buildout, and we have paid the price for that at Cornwall,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, December 15, 2020 10:58:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton stated : “We are behind over a year in delays, not that it should have been completed, but we should have been further ahead,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, December 15, 2020 10:58:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “I have been on record for giving so many timelines, I am fearful of giving another, because I do believe in taking responsibility in terms of the timeline that I have been given by the technical people,” “There has been too many missed timelines based on advice that I have been given, where I have become a non-believer in that technical advice” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, December 15, 2020 10:58:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The meeting was a very productive one. It was an opportunity to share thoughts on the current COVID-19 situation in Negril. It was also a chance for frank conversations with key stakeholders, as we work to stave off any further spike in COVID-19 cases in the West,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, December 15, 2020 2:16:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said ( about St Ann ) : “The belt from Hanover, St James, into Trelawny, St Ann, also represents points of concern for us, and a lot depends on what the numbers look like, what the projection says, and how much people comply,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, December 14, 2020 10:44:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The protocols have been tightened, and enforcements continue, but the temptation to engage in the traditional activities around Christmas makes it that much more difficult for our law-enforcement agencies,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, December 14, 2020 10:44:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The building of the new hospital (children and adolescent), which is being done by a Chinese contractor and is totally separate from what is going on at CRH, that building, which is already paid for, will offer another 250 beds, and operation theatres, and so on,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, December 14, 2020 10:44:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “From January 2020 to November 2020, there were 10,331 admissions at CRH and 10,355 discharges, when compared to the same period in 2019. January to November, they had 12,000 admissions and just over 12,000 discharges,” “Many factors have contributed to the difference of about 2,000. There have been some relocation services at Falmouth, but nevertheless, work has gone into addressing patient care. The renal unit had 9,501 dialysis sessions done between January and November 2020, compared to the same number, 9,523, for January to November in 2019” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, December 14, 2020 10:44:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “I have been on record giving so many timelines, so forgive me if I am fearful of giving another one,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, December 14, 2020 10:44:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton added : “In terms of cancer care, oncology, 2,393 patients were treated in the new oncology suite which was built out and opened in that period. I could go on … maternal statistics in terms of babies born, and so on; and the statistics in accident and emergency; the number of gunshot wounds and trauma cases stabilised and lives saved. We have to be careful not to give an impression that nothing is happening at CRH, because that would be a disservice to the persons who work every day to provide those services,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, December 14, 2020 10:44:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “I reject the notion that we are back at square one ... . There is work that has been done. There are designs that have been developed. There is gutting that has been done, there is an HVAC system now ready to be installed, which is where the problems started,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, December 12, 2020 10:47:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The fact is we have another year or so before I think we will be in a position where the world can breathe a sigh of relief that based on vaccination as a solution, significant progress would have been made. We, therefore, have to manage the process very carefully,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, December 12, 2020 12:45:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “This funding is significant. It’s not a little bit of money. And it does speak to the commitment on the part the partnership between the UK, of course Jamaica, and our multilateral partner the PAHO/WHO group that provides critical benchmarking around best practices in public health,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, December 11, 2020 10:17:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The fact is we have another year or so before I think we will be in a position where the world can breathe a sigh of relief that based on vaccination as a solution, significant progress would have been made. We, therefore, have to manage the process very carefully,” External link

stabroeknews Wednesday, December 9, 2020 5:49:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The fact is we have another year or so before I think we will be in a position where the world can breathe a sigh of relief that based on vaccination as a solution, significant progress would have been made. We, therefore, have to manage the process very carefully,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, December 9, 2020 3:52:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “When we look at the deaths within Westmoreland alone, we have had 22 deaths overall — 12 of those recorded in the last two weeks. Our surveillance at the hospital that serves the parish also shows a worrying trend, with admissions increasing by 80 per cent over the last two weeks. For October, there were 23 admissions and for November there were 55 admissions. That is a 100 per cent increase in admissions,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, December 9, 2020 2:27:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton added : “For October, there were 23 admissions, and for November, there were 55 admissions. That is a 100 per cent increase in admissions in one month. Westmoreland, we summarise, is demonstrating community spread that has the potential to increase further over the December to January period. We are seeing an increase in cases, an increase in hospitalisations and an increase in deaths,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, December 9, 2020 10:48:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “These include public awareness and testing in the transport centres, the town centres, churches, health facilities, schools, workplaces, markets and in the business district,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, December 9, 2020 10:48:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Based on the on-the-ground information provided by the police and the local health team, most of the infections are driven by illegal parties hosted at bars and corner shops, nine-nights and wakes, and the infamous bike parties that move from community to community,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, December 9, 2020 10:48:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : "We have another year or so before, I think, we will be in a position where the world can breathe a sigh of relief, where, based on vaccination as a solution, a significant progress would have been made," External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, December 9, 2020 5:14:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said ( about British ) : “This is another very good occasion… The occasion is one that requires celebration. It’s an occasion where the Jamaican Government is benefiting from funding from the British people though UK AID and administered by PAHO… This funding is significant,” “Today’s effort at putting in place an overhauling of this facility is timely, and it’s timely because it provides us with an opportunity to reset the resilience of our public health infrastructure, to reset the capacity of our people through training… so that we can adjust and become more relevant to the challenges that we face as a country,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, December 6, 2020 12:07:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Additionally, provisions have been included in the Tobacco Control Bill to warrant effective enforcement and to ensure that the same accords with Jamaica's obligations under the FCTC and international best practice,” “The intention is to have the Bill considered by a joint select committee. This committee, in keeping with its usual mandate, will allow for further review, consultation and deliberation, following its report on the Bill,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, December 4, 2020 2:17:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “As we work to meet COVID-19 and other public health challenges, it is important than ever to provide needed support for our health centres through efforts to finance their physical upgrade and to provide them with needed equipment to boost service offerings,” “The truth is many of our local health centres are in need of support to themselves better support the delivery of healthcare to the population ... ” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, December 3, 2020 9:32:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton told : “The committee will see the involvement of clinical experts within the Ministry of Health and Wellness. It will also have the anticipation of logistics planning experts, and social behavioural experts to manage the behavioural change that will accompany the implementation,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, December 3, 2020 5:06:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Our work is not done; and we acknowledge the concerns expressed by the PLHIV community and we are reinforcing our commitment to providing access to medication and monitoring supplies. This will ensure the standard of service delivery is maintained and each PLHIV can achieve viral suppression and live their best life,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, December 2, 2020 1:05:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The CRH as a provider of hospital services is intact, and has offered services to thousands and hundreds of thousands every year since the rehabilitation started [in 2017]. So there is no issue as to whether or not CRH can offer antigen testing, because the facilities are there, the doctors are there, and we have made adequate provisions to deal with that,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, November 30, 2020 10:42:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “There is no date right now, as COVID has created some challenges for many of our capital projects, including the CRH and the Western Children’s Hospital [which is under construction on the CRH’s grounds]. Because it has slowed down some activities, we have to recalibrate that and look at what is happening,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, November 30, 2020 10:42:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton added : “Anybody who lives in this area and requires hospital care knows they can go to the CRH. Do not confuse the rehabilitation of the main building with the provision of services, as those services are there even while we try to correct the issues on the main building,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, November 30, 2020 10:42:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “So, we anticipate that within the next month or so, both private and public health facilities will have the test and it will be administered across the country. This will certainly add to the capacity that we have and, of course, add another dimension to [COVID-19] testing,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, November 27, 2020 12:36:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton added : “I think it's good for the COVID-19 response and we are happy about that,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, November 27, 2020 12:36:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “I hope that with the antigen test being made available for private laboratories, providers will keep it within the reach of the populace,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, November 27, 2020 9:35:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “So, we anticipate that within the next month or so, both private and public health facilities will have the test and it will be administered across the country. This will certainly add to the capacity that we have and, of course, add another dimension to [COVID-19] testing,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, November 26, 2020 10:44:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : "We expect that we will see decisions on that soon. What it will do is enforce the health and safety measures so that we ensure that persons who breach the laws can be held accountable," External link

jamaica-star Wednesday, November 25, 2020 1:04:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton added : “The Blood Bank is a critical part of the public health system even as we continue to combat COVID-19 and the public can be assured that the donation and receipt of blood products is safe and is needed for the treatment of several disorders. We are urging the public, especially during this season, when trauma cases, in particular, increases, to make it a priority to donate blood,” External link

jis Monday, November 23, 2020 5:58:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “What we want to avoid is to have a Christmas that is so merry, that we have a New Year that is dire because of outbreaks and hospitalisations. We want to find ways to give thanks for the year, enjoy family and very close friends, and at the same time, observe the protocols; that is very important,” External link

jis Sunday, November 22, 2020 5:18:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “We are aware that despite the scientific proof that the wearing of masks protect us from the virus and if we have it, others are protected, persons will have their views,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, November 22, 2020 5:10:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton warned : "to indulge ourselves can be dangerous" External link

jamaica-star Sunday, November 22, 2020 3:28:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : "Greater numbers of persons visiting our shores means an increase in the probability of infection. We have seen it happen in the past, we anticipate it will happen again, which means the very distinct and strong possibility, given the tradition of Christmas, that we will see a spike in January," "Not only does the probability of infections go up, the likelihood of death also goes up" External link

jamaica-star Sunday, November 22, 2020 3:28:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton added : “Therefore, there is some light at the end of the tunnel, there is some hope that we will see a better 2021 and we need to because 2020 has been really challenging,” External link

jis Sunday, November 22, 2020 1:01:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton added : “We have also launched a wellness agenda to include workplace wellness and a national school nutrition policy, a home-based wellness garden programme and 'better-for-you' menu options, the promotion of wellness events, and market 'pop-ups' across the island. Greater emphasis will be placed on these initiatives post-COVID-19,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, November 20, 2020 12:38:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said ( about National Health ) : “This year's conference is responding to these challenges. In addition to a special panel discussion on Striking the Balance in Health and Wellness, there are 14 scientific presentations pertaining to COVID-19. We look forward to the sharing of these and other findings, and encourage presentations in other fora, to ensure that our response is evidence-based, and can benefit from local data,” “Our vision for this event sees us setting research priorities to guide what we do, enacting laws and policies to govern the conduct of research, increasing the capacity of the ministry and other institutions to conduct the research needed for decision-making, and disseminating the results to varying audiences using a number of different research products,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, November 20, 2020 12:38:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton stated : “Greater numbers of persons visiting our shores means the probability of increase in infection also will go up. We have seen where that has happened in the past. We anticipate that it will happen again. Given the distinct traditions of Christmas, we will see a spike come January,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, November 20, 2020 11:26:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said ( about Association ) : “The Government is committing $100 million to this pilot and we have taken steps to ensure that patients who will be referred from the public health system to these selected private practitioners will receive the highest level of care, through the issuing of interim guidelines for the clinical management of diabetes and hypertension for public and private practitioners, developed in partnership between the ministry and the Association of Consultant Physicians of Jamaica,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, November 18, 2020 11:46:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The health centre, of course, will ensure that communication is maintained with the private practitioner and the necessary protocols in place for patients to be referred back to the public health system if the need arises,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, November 18, 2020 11:46:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said ( about National Health ) : “Direct medical costs — cardiovascular diseases and diabetes — over the same period are estimated to be over $29.8 billion. Our most recent Jamaica Health and Lifestyle Survey tells us that one in three Jamaicans has hypertension and one in eight has diabetes. These conditions make persons who have contracted COVID-19 more susceptible to a poor health outcome. This is particularly concerning for our senior citizens who are at a higher risk of becoming severely ill from COVID-19,” “Our current data show that over 70 per cent of COVID-19 deaths in Jamaica have occurred in persons 60 years and older, while 92 per cent of COVID-19 deaths have occurred in positive patients with one or more co-morbidities/risk factors,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, November 18, 2020 11:46:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Potentially, 1,000 beneficiaries can be added to the programme as we identify more private providers,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, November 17, 2020 10:32:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The fact is that vaccination has proven to be an undeniable success in the public health toolkit to reduce the burden of infectious diseases,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, November 14, 2020 12:54:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton insisted : “Vaccination as a response to containing the disease cannot be overlooked,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, November 14, 2020 12:54:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “You are the ones that your peers have identified as influencers, you carry more influence and respect, and this is a critical part of the COVID response,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, November 13, 2020 9:49:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The fact is that vaccination has proven to be an undeniable success in the public health tool kit to reduce the burden of infectious diseases,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, November 13, 2020 7:05:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “One of the issues with breeding mosquitoes and releasing them...is that, just as how we are accustomed to bush medicine, we going to say, 'Government a try kill we off, a send more mosquito after us'. And, it only takes one troublemaker to start spreading that rumour,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, November 11, 2020 9:12:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton told : “It's important also that clinical trials are complete so we have the confidence that any new discovery is safe while providing the protection we want to achieve,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, November 10, 2020 12:19:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The ministry will be championing the cause of persons with diabetes. We have updated our clinical management guidelines, which are now available on our website,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, November 8, 2020 8:21:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “We encourage stakeholders — persons living with diabetes, their families and friends and others involved in their care management — to join our nurses in the effort to ensure the best possible health outcome for persons with diabetes and to, as far as possible, engage in behaviours to reduce the incidence of diabetes and other non-communicable diseases (NCDs),” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, November 8, 2020 8:21:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “It, therefore, is likely to lead on Friday to a discontinuation of the measures, and that’s what we have to do. Whenever we have a challenge, we intervene, and whenever we think it’s time to pull back, go elsewhere, we go,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, November 5, 2020 10:32:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “These documents have been made available to owners and operators of residential facilities, and the local health teams have conducted training sessions. Therefore, I am serving notice to all owners and operators of residential healthcare facilities, that they must become compliant with all the regulations and protocols related to COVID-19 by November 30, 2020,” “Failure to comply to same, will see prosecutions under the Public Health Act or the Disaster Risk Management Orders, which may result in fines of up to $1 million,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, November 5, 2020 10:32:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “So we are and will continue to work with the Missionaries of the Poor, but so far all have been cooperative and I believe we will work through an amicable solution to the challenge,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, November 5, 2020 8:34:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton told : “We can help in that regard [designating appropriate facilities]; that's not an issue. When the conversation leads to that, then the support is there in terms of determining the criteria for facilities like that,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, November 4, 2020 8:17:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “In terms of whether or not a negative test was done, that is no longer a requirement by WHO [and] PAHO (Pan American Health Organization) standards. What they do, they speak to a 14-day period after the infection, and then, based on a clinical assessment of the patient, a determination is made as to the status of the patient and that is what we now do as standard procedure across the board, and that applied also to the home,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, November 4, 2020 8:17:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton added : “We must always wear our masks. We must frequently wash our hands. We must keep our physical distance from others,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, November 2, 2020 2:06:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton stated : “These set up in the private space will require a reporting mechanism, because from a public-health standpoint, we need to know how many people are positive in the country, how many tests are done, how many are negative that is critical for public-health planning and for decision-making at the highest possible level, including the level of Cabinet and Government,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, November 2, 2020 10:43:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “At least eight labs are undergoing training with the Pan American Health Organization and our public-health team, so that they can in fact source the antigen tests which [have] a shorter turnaround time [and] more conducive under certain circumstances to determine if you are positive for COVID-19 or not,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, November 2, 2020 10:43:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “I want to use the opportunity to encourage the community to respond to the health team positively because they are there for you. If we all comply and work together, it is just a matter of time before we bring it (COVID-19) under control,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, November 2, 2020 10:43:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “We have had 56 cases in the area, with 31 recoveries, 24 active cases and one death. Now the concern we have is that we have collected samples from 92 residents, and what is most concerning to me is that of the 92 samples that were collected, 14 are positive, and that is close to a 20 per cent positivity rate,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, October 31, 2020 11:06:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton added : “We have to work together as a community and as a team, and everybody has to play his part because the truth is that this is just an indication of what is on the ground. Right now it is important that we recognise there is a risk in the community as there is in Jamaica, and you are special because you are getting more than your fair share of public health members who are in the community to carry out the response,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, October 31, 2020 11:06:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The community is a community where most persons work in the days and then they come home in the evenings, and then with the curfew in the evenings, it makes things more difficult,” “A lot of the execution will take place on the weekend, which is why they (health authorities) are bringing in 70 or 80 persons on Saturday, and I believe they will do some work Sunday with three testing sites” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, October 31, 2020 11:06:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The team will be out in the field to inspect and to visit, if necessary, every day until those facilities are brought into the appropriate protocol,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, October 29, 2020 10:35:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : "The team will be out in the field to inspect and to visit, if necessary, every day until those facilities are brought into the appropriate protocol," External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, October 29, 2020 6:11:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “It's a trial drug under emergency approval circumstances. Once all the rules apply from the patients' perspective with their knowledge and consent, as well as the write up on impact and effect, then we are comfortable until we discern more scientific information and validation around the drug,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, October 26, 2020 2:24:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton told : "Our position is very clear. The public health position is that the mask-wearing in public is useful, it is an important part of the response to COVID and to restricting the spread of the virus. This is a clinical position that is not only endorsed and supported and advanced by us here in Jamaica, but by most countries throughout the world," External link

jamaica-star Sunday, October 25, 2020 10:22:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “A meeting was also held with the matron of the facility and some of the caregivers, and they were advised to assign staff to specific clusters as opposed to moving from one cluster to the next,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, October 23, 2020 10:31:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “In regards to other entities, the instructions that have been given to the standard agency and the public-health officials is to increase the frequency of visits to these institutions and ensure that, particularly [at] those that have been found wanting, we push for all the appropriate systems to be put in place because we would not want a recurrence of this in any institutions,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, October 23, 2020 12:28:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “To my mind, there was a fairly good set-up in terms of the infrastructure... That is an important requirement but not the only requirement to reduce or eliminate the possibility of the virus coming in,” “A lot depends on how the infrastructure is used... The truth is that a lot depends on the management of the institution to ensure that the infrastructure is utilised, and the protocols in terms of the behaviours — both for residents and for employees — are adhered to in the strictest form. Even when you adhere to all the protocols there is always still the possibility that the virus can take hold, because it only takes an improper wearing of the mask, and then touching it and then touching a surface” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, October 22, 2020 8:14:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton told : “We do anticipate that we will get a few of these cases, but what we want to do is minimise them as best as possible. Private homes are required to register and I have asked the public health inspectors working with our agencies to inspect all of them,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, October 22, 2020 8:14:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “We have inspected 206 of these nursing home facilities and 15 infirmaries. Some have had issues and we have pushed for those issues to be addressed,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, October 22, 2020 8:14:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton told : “I had, however, insisted that they all put in place the infection control measures, whether they were registered or not, and that they ensure that they all were given a timeline to implement. The challenge we were having is, if you shut them down, where do you put the people who are there, because we have no infirmaries to hold them. Many of them have nowhere else to go, so the decision was taken to work with them, as opposed to shutting them down. But, of course, that comes with its own risk too, and so the public health team has been on them to get compliance,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, October 22, 2020 8:14:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “If those precautions were not being taken, I think it is important that the management takes the steps to deal with them. The truth is, if people are there that are positive, they should be in isolation; they need specialist care. I will check on it and see what is happening, but there should have been a protocol in place,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, October 22, 2020 8:14:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “We have to have order in the industry. It's very important to the normal functioning of our society, and we're going to have to put those in place,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, October 18, 2020 8:17:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Refusal to be tested comes from different reasons. There is a fear about discovering that you are positive, particularly if you are asymptomatic. The other is the actual test itself. It is not life-threatening, but can be a little bit uncomfortable, and thirdly, the stigma. The fact that you are being tested creates a perception,” “The team in the field is battling with a lot of issues with this response” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, October 16, 2020 10:51:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton noted : “Young people are more active. They push the envelope a little more, and that’s understandable. Even with the restrictions that have been imposed, many have not captured a sense of urgency, or even a sense of fear, as it relates to the COVID-19 environs,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, October 16, 2020 10:51:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton explained : “The Ministry of Health has organised training with regional staff from JCF in the management of disruptive, uncooperative and aggressively mentally ill patients, to include demonstrating use of several point manual restraint. The plan was for it to be repeated in various divisions across islands,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, October 12, 2020 2:13:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton outlined : “The pandemic has resulted in elevated levels of anxiety and stress among senior citizens and young persons alike. [It] has brought into sharp focus the need for a mental health response. What is also [being discovered] by mental health teams on the ground is that conditions, such as acute psychosis, adjustment disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder and protracted grief reactions appear to be on the rise,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, October 12, 2020 10:18:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton added : “It is [against] this background, and [acknowledging] the vulnerabilities of our older persons, that we have launched the COVID-19 Mental Health Response Programme to be manned by an essential group of volunteers and professionals,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, October 12, 2020 10:18:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton pointed out : “All of these critical support systems are now been restricted under the protocols for COVID-19,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, October 10, 2020 1:40:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “When you have community transmission, the COVID-19 virus is going to be more prevalent, as it is now, and therefore, we do expect that we will have positive cases turning up at the workplace … whether it is BPO, supermarket or manufacturing … anywhere,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, October 10, 2020 10:22:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “As minister, I am not disturbed or evenly overly concerned when a positive case turns up at a workplace setting, because, frankly speaking, in community transmission, you expect these cases from time to time,” “It is not the absence of a positive case that determines the success of the measures, it is the presence of the measures or the protocol, it is the fact that they work. They work in finding cases, they work in containing cases and they work in ensuring consistency in terms of business operations” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, October 10, 2020 10:22:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “When you have community transmission, the COVD-19 virus is going to be more prevalent as it is now and therefore we do expect that we will have positive cases turning up at the workplace … whether it is BPO, supermarket or manufacturing … anywhere,” “As minister, I am not disturbed or even overly concerned when a positive case turns up at a workplace setting, because frankly speaking, in community transmission, you expect these cases from time to time” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, October 10, 2020 10:22:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton stated : “Yes, there are plans to do some additional work. We want to look at it now with a renewed mandate and plan ahead to try and get that done, and the operating theatre is the priority right now as part of the addition going forward,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, October 9, 2020 10:18:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “They admit to feeling overwhelmed and not being able to manage the demands of online schooling. We also hear of the stressors associated with the financial challenges that have accompanied the pandemic, such as among tourism workers in the west,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, October 8, 2020 9:07:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton added : “It should be noted that since the start of the pandemic, the ministry has been alerted to the mental health challenges that can arise from having people in quarantine or isolated from family and friends, to say nothing of the economic challenges that can come with a pandemic of this scale and the stress faced by health care workers responding to the demands of the various public health interventions,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, October 8, 2020 9:07:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “In the general population, we hear of the elevated levels of fear, anxiety and loneliness from children and parents who access the child and adolescent mental-health clinics. They admit to feeling overwhelmed and not being able to manage the demands of online schooling,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, October 7, 2020 10:08:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “There is no doubt that the pandemic is affecting the mental health of many people,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, October 7, 2020 10:08:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton added : “They think they know more or better than the public health team, and we are the ones who are in touch with the World Health Organization and the experts and are tracking the virus and the impact, and, therefore, have the prescription as it relates to how to behave,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, October 7, 2020 8:56:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton told : “What they say is that the hospital is modular – you can add pieces to it – and you can add more beds, depending on how you choose to man it. So they say there is enough space for 70 beds,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, October 4, 2020 10:33:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “We've also been experiencing significant and increasing burnout of the critical front-line workers, primarily the health care staff, but not exclusive to them. These are individuals who have been working at this for many hours each day since the start of this year. It has been an ongoing effort and a very stressful environment to work in, and we're seeing increasing evidence of burnout,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, September 30, 2020 9:27:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Staff burnout is a major impediment to the COVID-19 fight and, as a ministry, we have heard the growing cries for increased intervention and we must respond,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, September 30, 2020 9:27:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Movement and restrictions of movement is an ongoing process that the Cabinet assesses periodically and makes a decision on, and if there’s a need for that (further restrictions), outside of what we have now, which are the curfew hours, then I am sure we will announce that in due course,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, September 29, 2020 11:21:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “I understand that between Saturday and today (Monday), we have given out about 6,000 packages with masks, sanitisers and printed information in this vicinity alone. We are doing it across the country and its going to be more a feature of the ministry’s response,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, September 29, 2020 11:21:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “For Falmouth, it is a good thing. When COVID is gone, the ward will still be here,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, September 28, 2020 9:57:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “You the people are the stakeholders ... . If in doubt, seek clarity,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, September 28, 2020 9:57:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “There will be an additional 150 beds dedicated to those who may need hospitalisation,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, September 28, 2020 9:57:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Our young people, students would have been placed at a disadvantage far worse than the mere absence of a classroom setting. In some instances, the virtual support provides some stop gap approach even though I don't think it is sufficient,” “It is the mental trauma that our young people have had to go through and are going through because of their restrictions on movement, and the fact that what has become or what would normally be a part of growing up – exposure to their friends, playtime, exercise, just learning by doing has been significantly shrunk and restricted” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, September 27, 2020 1:59:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “It's not unique to us, it is a situation that is a global challenge. What it means is that in public health, we are going to have to respond by firstly assessing and understanding from the impact of this level of restrictions and intervening in a way that will disrupt the concentrated sort of trauma that is being experienced by persons or children who are experiencing this now,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, September 27, 2020 1:59:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “There are many ways to do that. The ministry moved the Jamaica Moves session to television to allow people to work out in their home and that is interactive. The same could apply for promoting certain types of activities in the home, making counselling available remotely. So we do have a mental health hotline for things that people can call if they need counselling. [In addition] providing sessions or encouraging sessions that are not as crowded based on the restriction, but still allows for some form of interaction and integrating even in the virtual classroom sessions, which is now taking place – an element of teaching – that would stimulate greater interaction to overcome some of the challenges,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, September 27, 2020 1:59:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton told : “I'm almost emotional about it because it is simply not the case. I've been hearing the comments on radio and in the media space where persons, in some instances who should know better, assert that somehow, having gone to a general election and... being re-elected, somehow, we have hidden information or we have dropped the ball and we are no longer sensitive because we have now been re-elected,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, September 27, 2020 1:59:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “For me as minister, who has sort of been at the heart coordinating, being the liaison between Government, Cabinet, Ministry of Health, other critical stakeholders, the private sector... it is perhaps more painful to me than most because I know what we have done. I know what we continue to do. I know the sacrifices that have been made. I've sat in the hundreds of meetings, thousands of hours of deliberation, the late nights, the early mornings and in truth and in fact Jamaica and Jamaicans are better off because of the tremendous sacrifice this Government has made,” “This Government has remained and remains committed to the COVID-19 response and now more than ever it is not discussion around who may be playing or who has dropped the ball or who is dropping the ball. But, where there may be shortcomings, if people identify concerns, what we do is discuss them and find solutions to them, because during this phase of the community transmission it requires all hands on deck and requires everyone to be a part of the process,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, September 27, 2020 1:59:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton stated : “If we don't follow the rules then it would likely mean that we are going to need a lot more than 500 beds because persons would have acted contrary to the deliberate plans that we have in order to manage and control the spread of the virus. Everything is not in the control of the Government; it is a collaborated effort that involves all of us and we must work together,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, September 26, 2020 1:56:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton argued : “We are very sincere about what we are doing,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, September 26, 2020 1:56:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “It is in anticipation of the possibility of greater demand on the public health infrastructure, as we seek to provide medical care to those who need it most, that the plans were always in place to expand our bed count through the deployment or the build-out of field hospitals,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, September 25, 2020 8:21:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : "It is one of the reasons we recruited additional community health aides for which we have approval for 1,200. We have employed 121 medical doctors to our clinical team. We continue to procure personal protective gear to outfit our frontline staff. We continue to equip our health facilities to enhance their capacity to deliver specialised care," External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, September 25, 2020 10:26:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “We have been responsible in the approach in terms of the spend, I think, and as a consequence I think we have seen value in terms of the strategies that we have pursued,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, September 25, 2020 8:22:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Companies that track the wellness or health profile of their employees are going to be far better able to deal with a pandemic like this one, because [the messages can be] tailor-made… to those individuals about additional precautions that they may need to take,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, September 25, 2020 8:22:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton told : “It does give us some additional comfort that if a Jamaican needs a bed, based on the conditions and if our hospitals become exhausted, we have a modular facility here that allows us to do that,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, September 25, 2020 8:22:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Companies that track the wellness or health profile of their employees are going to be far better able to deal with a pandemic like this one, because [messages can be] tailor-made… to those individuals about additional precautions that they may need to take,” External link

jis Thursday, September 24, 2020 7:47:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “It is not unusual for the ministry to track a disease by requiring reporting. We do this for dengue, for example. It is important to know to plan a national response,” “What we have said re the rapid test is that we would train and require reporting. No accreditation is required as far as I know” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, September 20, 2020 6:18:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Our health care workers perform heroic service to save lives and comfort the distressed each day, and more so now as part of the COVID response,” External link

stabroeknews Monday, September 14, 2020 5:46:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton added : “As a country, we owe them a debt of gratitude. This is another example of the good they do,” External link

stabroeknews Monday, September 14, 2020 5:46:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The expansion of capacity, and in particular COVID beds, is very much an important part of the plans going forward, and, in fact, we have made substantial progress,” External link

stabroeknews Friday, September 11, 2020 6:17:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The expansion of capacity, and in particular COVID beds, is very much an important part of the plans going forward, and, in fact, we have made substantial progress,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, September 11, 2020 10:36:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton warned : “Assume that everyone you come in contact with is a positive COVID-19 case,” “Cases are going to pop up any and everywhere” External link

stabroeknews Tuesday, September 8, 2020 6:32:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Just as we would say if you're sitting on the corner in other communities [although] that's the kind of relaxation and entertainment and cultural dynamics we are used to, we have to desist; I'm saying the same for those who have the house parties and engage in the kind of practices that do not encourage the physical distancing; you are just as vulnerable. No matter who we think we are or where we are from or where we are we have to comply because you are as susceptible to the virus as everybody else, and we have to follow the protocol. The Kingston 6 and 8 [areas], and so on, have to be careful because we are seeing evidence of the spread in those communities that is worrying and could have implications for your own health and wellness,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, September 5, 2020 2:29:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The number of cases that are turning up in our hospitals and health centres and the spread of those numbers across the country means basically that COVID is out there everywhere and possibly could be affecting anyone. What this means is that the approach to managing will have to change to not allow the spread to overwhelm the public health system,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, September 5, 2020 2:29:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton explicou : "Não tenho conhecimento de nenhum indivíduo específico entrando e violando as ordens de quarentena. Se tivermos informações, as regras se aplicariam neste caso, como em qualquer outro caso" External link

bemparana Tuesday, August 25, 2020 7:35:00 PM EAT



Key Titles and Phrases Count Lang Last Seen
minister of health33.33%EN12/08/201708/12/2017
jamaican minister of health0.91%EN12/08/201708/12/2017
health minister42.47%EN08/08/201708/08/2017
minister16.44%EN08/08/201708/08/2017
mp0.46%EN03/02/201702/03/2017
agriculture minister0.46%EN07/06/201606/07/2016
current minister of health0.46%EN06/29/201629/06/2016
senator2.74%EN02/06/201506/02/2015
former agriculture minister1.37%EN09/01/201401/09/2014
opposition senator1.37%EN08/02/201302/08/2013
Names Lang Count
Christopher TuftonEN99.73%
Christopher TuftonFR0.13%
Christopher TuftonPT0.13%