Christopher Tufton

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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 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 : “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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 [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 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 [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 told : “If you cast your mind back to when we had the first media disaster risk management committee meeting, the modelling that was presented suggested that more than 1.5 million Jamaicans would get COVID,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, September 1, 2020 9:37:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The more contact tracing is done, the more it puts a strain on the limited staff we have,” “It is happening, but isn’t always projected in the public domain until you have a community that has to be quarantined” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, September 1, 2020 9:37:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “It is not an option because you cannot take experimentation and give to persons when there is no validation of these things,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, August 30, 2020 10:32:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “You want to try and manage it by involving people and to minimise any behaviour that could overwhelm the system, which is why we stress personal responsibility,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, August 30, 2020 10:32:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “We have to respect the rights of all countries to do what is in the best interest of their population. So one has to accept if in their judgement that is their most reasoned position or position that they’ve justified,” External link

stabroeknews Saturday, August 29, 2020 11:44:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said ( about The UK ) : “With that kind of lifting of restriction, whether for tourists, nationals or non-nationals, comes risks, and the numbers we’re seeing today are a direct reflection of increased risks associated with balancing lives and livelihood by allowing more people to come and go,” “The risks associated with that is that other jurisdictions may look on and feel less confident that positive cases coming out of Jamaica are likely to reach their shores. It’s a catch-22 [situation]. You’re either going to shut down and then have none and then minimise that risk, or you’re going to gradually open up and increase the possibility of that risk,” External link

stabroeknews Saturday, August 29, 2020 11:44:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “National Supply Foundation’s adoption brings to 30 the number of facilities adopted to date, raising some J$90 million in the process,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, August 29, 2020 11:15:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton added : “We are pleased with the expressions of interest by persons in the diaspora and local companies in the Adopt-A-Clinic programme,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, August 29, 2020 11:15:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “We are well advanced with the employment and deployment of 121 medical officers who do not have posts in the public health system. We have got the go-ahead to engage these persons, and I’m told that we will have contracts, effective September 1, to engage these 121 medical officers,” “In addition to that, we have 750 community health aides that are deployed. We’re moving to the 1,000 mark, so recruitment is still on. Again, that will be a big addition for the cadre of workers in the field and will help us with the intelligence gathering and the information flow and contact tracing,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, August 29, 2020 11:15:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton declared : “I am not aware, I don’t have specifics of any individual coming in and breaching the orders for quarantine, but what I will say is that we do not discriminate depending on the person,” External link

nationnews Saturday, August 29, 2020 5:56:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “We are well advanced with the employment and deployment of 121 medical officers… who do not have posts in the public health system. We have got the go-ahead to engage these persons, and I’m told that we will have contracts effective September 1 to engage these 121 medical officers,” “In addition to that, we have 750 community health aides that are deployed. We’re moving to the 1,000 mark, so recruitment is still on. Again, that will be a big addition for the cadre of workers in the field and will help us with the intelligence gathering and the information flow, and contact tracing,” External link

jis Friday, August 28, 2020 10:07:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “We have to respect the rights of all countries to do what is in the best interest of their population. So one has to accept if in their judgement that is their most reasoned position or position that they've justified,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, August 28, 2020 11:16:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said ( about The UK ) : “With that kind of lifting of restriction, whether for tourists, nationals or non-nationals, comes risks, and the numbers we're seeing today are a direct reflection of increased risks associated with balancing lives and livelihood by allowing more people to come and go,” “The risks associated with that is that other jurisdictions may look on and feel less confident that positive cases coming out of Jamaica are likely to reach their shores. It's a catch-22 [situation]. You're either going to shut down and then have none and then minimise that risk, or you're going to gradually open up and increase the possibility of that risk,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, August 28, 2020 11:16:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : "Once we started to remove those restrictions, there is a sense that persons started to become complacent. In other words, people were happy for the easing of the restrictions but were not sufficiently sensitive to the need to comply with the protocols that would go with those restrictions being lifted," External link

jamaica-star Thursday, August 27, 2020 11:45:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton told : “It [statistics] does show an increase in the number of beds being occupied, but it is certainly a far way from any assumption or perception that the COVID beds have been exhausted. We still have sufficient capacity,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, August 27, 2020 9:01:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “I am not aware, I don’t have specifics of any individual coming in and breaching the orders for quarantine, but what I will say is that we do not discriminate depending on the person. The rules apply to everyone,” External link

antiguaobserver Wednesday, August 26, 2020 11:53:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton told ( about Usain Bolt ) : ''It is now public knowledge that Mr. Bolt has tested positive. He has been formally notified, I'm told by the authorities,'' External link

koreatimes Wednesday, August 26, 2020 3:54:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton told ( about Usain Bolt ) : “It is now public knowledge that Mr. Bolt has tested positive. He has been formally notified, I’m told by the authorities,” External link

thegrio Tuesday, August 25, 2020 11:59:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton told ( about Usain Bolt ) : "It is now public knowledge that Mr. Bolt has tested positive. He has been formally notified, I'm told by the authorities," External link

news18 Tuesday, August 25, 2020 10:51:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton declared : “I am not aware, I don’t have specifics of any individual coming in and breaching the orders for quarantine, but what I will say is that we do not discriminate depending on the person,” External link

caycompass Tuesday, August 25, 2020 10:51:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton told ( about Usain Bolt ) : "It is now public knowledge that Mr Bolt has tested positive," External link

bordermail Tuesday, August 25, 2020 9:17:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton told : “It is now public knowledge that Mr. Bolt has tested positive. He has been formally notified, I’m told by the authorities,” External link

Hindu Tuesday, August 25, 2020 8:05:00 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

Christopher Tufton said : “He has indicated, based on what is happening with the COVID numbers and also the risks associated with campaigning, that, as of today, he is suspending his own campaign activities, meaning the traditional approach to campaigning. And, he certainly will be asking the country, generally, and his own political organisation, to abide by that approach,” “What that would mean is that persons would be engaged in the administrative component of preparing for an election day activity, but the typical approach to campaigning, to meetings and motorcades, and so on, he will not be engaged in those traditional activities,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, August 25, 2020 1:02:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton declared : “I am not aware, I don’t have specifics of any individual coming in and breaching the orders for quarantine, but what I will say is that we do not discriminate depending on the person,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, August 25, 2020 10:19:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said ( about Kingston Public ) : "I just want to reach out with a sense of encouragement and appreciation and understanding to the administrative and medical staff of the Kingston Public Hospital, because it is a trying and challenging time for them and the ministry will give all the support that is necessary to help them overcome this process," External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, August 24, 2020 8:49:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : "What that would mean is that persons would be engaged in the administrative component of preparing for an election day activity, but the traditional approach to meetings and motorcades and so on, the prime minister has indicated that he will, as of today, not be engaging in those activities and that, of course, I believe will send a strong message hopefully to the rest of the country- both to the supporters of the political party that he heads, but also to others" External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, August 24, 2020 8:49:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “In a sense it was reward for good behaviour,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, August 24, 2020 7:43:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “If they were to abandon the protocols around which persons with highly contagious diseases are housed, then clearly, in cases where they are very ill, it would be a risk to them, and in cases where they are asymptomatic, it would be a greater risk to others,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, August 23, 2020 9:36:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Most of the cases picked up are cases that are linked to some form of investigation. So we are gathering the information and intervening, as appropriate, but that does not mean that the strategies may not have to be adjusted in terms of pulling back on the easing of some of the restrictions. It ultimately is the call of the Cabinet, and the Cabinet and the prime minister have never been afraid to make that call where that call is necessary,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, August 21, 2020 8:25:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : "The Prime Minister is on record, as am I, of saying that if there are surges or spikes, as the case may be, that requires further assessment and response, then those discussions and response will be taken in the public interest," External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, August 21, 2020 6:32:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The public-health position is very clear. Persons who are positive, and we have 200 plus such cases currently, should not be allowed to pose a risk to others on election day or any other time,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, August 18, 2020 10:09:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “We are committed to pursuing anyone, any individual who breaches the orders that are out there,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, August 18, 2020 10:09:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton told : “We have seen a number of additional cases popping up, not just from tourists, but largely, too, from locals ... . We are seeing signs that are worrying, and if we don’t obey or observe these protocols, the worst is yet to come,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, August 17, 2020 10:49:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton told : “I don’t know about the pass-through traffic, ‘cause normally, you wouldn’t want to stop the pass-through traffic, but if you’re going off the main road into the community, you would be checked at the checkpoint,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, August 17, 2020 10:49:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton stated ( about Political Ombudsman ) : “There was general agreement around the elements of the protocol. I don't want to get into the specifics of it except to say, in general terms, there was agreement. The final document really ought to come from the Office of the Political Ombudsman,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, August 15, 2020 2:04:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “We have work to do. All of Jamaica needs to understand the risks associated with COVID,” “The Government and its partners have done a lot, but the response must continue” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, August 15, 2020 9:37:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “My insistence is that we… renew our commitment to the cause of controlling the dengue virus by demonstrating the importance of our respective roles at the parish level, at the community level, the ministry level, and the regional level and that we remind ourselves across the country that ‘dengue still a keep’,” “The Jamaican people need to also know that dengue is still a priority for the Ministry of Health and Wellness and is still a priority for us as a country and we should heed the best practices,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, August 14, 2020 6:48:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton told ( about Jamaica Labour ) : “From day one, we took it very seriously, even before the first case came to Jamaica,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, August 13, 2020 9:08:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton stated : “The truth is, even though we have done relatively well when compared to other jurisdictions, COVID is very much present and still represents a danger to the population. I would want us to be encouraged by the general confidence that the populace has in the process but at the same time, remain vigilant,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, August 13, 2020 9:08:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “We are going to enforce the law more rigidly, and if it means arresting people, charging them … . We’re going to have to do it,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, August 8, 2020 10:20:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton pointed out : “It only takes one infected person to create the challenges that we face at the community level. In the case of St. Thomas, it was an individual who originated from St. Catherine, had symptoms and went into the parish to visit friends and families. That person went to church, based on the contact-tracing information, was prayed for by the congregation, based on the particular illness, and that led to a case of members of the congregation, friends and relatives who were visited being infected by the virus,” External link

jis Saturday, August 8, 2020 5:52:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The truth is that the reports that I get on a relatively frequent basis is that it should take an hour or so to move a passenger through all the processing that is required at our airports. So the extent to which persons might have been there for five hours, I will check on that. That certainly is not the normal situation,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, August 7, 2020 9:44:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “I suspect it will be done quickly because they are really working on it. We have supplies now to work on that,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, August 6, 2020 3:02:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “A total of 23,000 people are on stay-at-home orders, meaning that they have to stay at home for the 14-day period, but the truth is that not many of them are observing the protocol,” “We have concerns about some of the new numbers that are coming in,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, August 5, 2020 8:35:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton told : “They were symptomatic and had issues prior to, and subsequent to, the testing that was done, which is normal when you come in displaying symptoms that they were tested and the test results showed that they were positive,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, August 4, 2020 10:47:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Where shortage exists other options will have to be explored, such as training persons on infection control, and the MOHW will assist in this regard,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, August 2, 2020 8:40:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “This press briefing is called COVID Conversations. It has been the case since we started having it. I am going to respectfully ask that we confine our discussions to COVID and the very important issue that is of so much concern to Jamaicans,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, July 31, 2020 11:08:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The coronavirus is going to be around for a very long time,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, July 29, 2020 10:11:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton argued : “The truth is that we are at a stage now where as more persons come into the country, especially from places like North America where COVID-19 is quite high, as they move around, the virus could be there and we don't know about it. And I am prepared to say that there are likely to be cases that we have not identified, which is why it is so important for us to get that message and to get people to understand the importance of the homestay or home quarantine [and] abiding by it,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, July 29, 2020 8:43:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton argued : “A lot of the cases that we are seeing now are nationals who are coming in, who go back to their homes and [in] many cases, don't practise the protocol and they, in turn, have it and they spread it to others. So, the truth is that there are no guarantees, which is why individual responsibility is so important,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, July 29, 2020 8:43:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton stated : “Persons can be detained, as you know, and charged [but] we don't want to go there if we don't have to,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, July 29, 2020 8:43:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton stated : “We felt that we needed to come in because the information on the ground is that the persons who were so affected were going through the community. They were going to functions, interacting with people, and so the risk assessment required an intervention that would come into the community [and] do surveillance, interact with a number of homes, citizens, do some samplings, do some temperature checks, [and] gather information, and then make a determination to see to what extent, if any, there has been any spread in the community,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, July 29, 2020 8:43:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “We interrogate that person’s movement, where they go, where they have stayed, who they have interacted with, and then follow up on those contacts and expand the net as wide as possible,” External link

TheFrontierPost-en Saturday, July 25, 2020 8:43:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “From the public-health standpoint, with every decision there is a risk, and we have to mitigate against the risk. It has to be recognised that we have seen an increase in cases over that period because we have relaxed some of the restrictions, but the truth is, it was expected,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, July 20, 2020 10:59:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The last five or six months have been very challenging for public health. We are recruiting additional staff at the level of the community-health aides,” “It will enhance the community response, generally. That will definitely take off some the stress” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, July 20, 2020 10:59:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton responded : “Yes, I have a great relationship with Market Me. I think they are an amazing company. They have delivered very effectively during my tenure as minister, and I have no difficulty in saying they work hard, and I enjoyed working with them,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, July 19, 2020 10:42:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton responded : “Yes, I have a great relationship with Market Me. I think they are an amazing company. They have delivered very effectively during my tenure as minister, and I have no difficulty in saying they work hard, and I enjoyed working with them,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, July 19, 2020 5:12:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton responded : “Yes, I have a great relationship with Market Me. I think they are an amazing company. They have delivered very effectively during my tenure as minister, and I have no difficulty in saying they work hard, and I enjoyed working with them,” External link

stabroeknews Friday, July 17, 2020 11:56:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton responded : “Yes, I have a great relationship with Market Me. I think they are an amazing company. They have delivered very effectively during my tenure as minister, and I have no difficulty in saying they work hard, and I enjoyed working with them,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, July 17, 2020 10:14:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The practicality of the airport issue and the space issue will be solved based on the readjustment, which has started, and then with more supplies and the machines, we can test more people,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, July 17, 2020 10:14:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “I realise that part of the motivation for these attacks have to do with my public office, but I will not be deterred in doing my job to the best of my ability and in service of my country,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, July 17, 2020 8:22:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton told : “I am taking advice on the matter and will speak in due course,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, July 15, 2020 10:47:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton told : “None of the regions have been given any instructions to reduce the numbers. What seems to be a challenge is that the demands on these posts seem to have increased, in terms of numbers of medical officers who are now wanting to be retained. There have been a number of interviews done to fill the posts that are available, and some of those interviews have not yet fully been completed. So, there still will be some additional persons taken on [but] there would still be a gap between the numbers that are taken on and the numbers that have applied for these positions,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, July 14, 2020 12:27:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “This is anecdotal but we are suspecting COVID-19 has made some persons adjust their desires to travel. I think there may be some delays in the overseas exams, too. These are the exams you have to do to work in America or in the UK...So what we're faced with is a situation where there have been some changes in the dynamics which have led to less persons being engaged,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, July 14, 2020 12:27:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “This is not a result of budgetary constraints. The same established posts are able to be filled and are being filled, but there is a definite increased demand on the system...I have asked for an assessment to be done to determine whether or not we can fill any glaring gaps that may exist, but that has to be reconciled with the budgetary support to support that. That is, however, a very different thing than saying we have reduced our positions,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, July 14, 2020 12:27:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “They have an establishment, for example, to hire 10 of a particular doctor and they hire 20. In terms of the rest of the public health system, the information I have is that they have interviewed persons but that doesn’t mean that everybody interviewed is going to get a job, and that has been part of the challenge,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, July 14, 2020 10:30:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “It is necessary that persons continue to maintain the vigilance in the practice of the measures to reduce the mosquito population, including searching their surroundings weekly for breeding sites and destroying them, covering water-storage containers, and punching holes in cans and bottles before discarding them” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, July 13, 2020 10:12:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “It is necessary that persons continue to maintain the vigilance in the practice of the measures to reduce the mosquito population, including searching their surroundings weekly for breeding sites and destroying them, covering water-storage containers, and punching holes in cans and bottles before discarding them,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, July 11, 2020 4:08:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The prime minster has always said the Government will pull back on some of these relaxation measures if we do not act in a responsible way and if there are any signs of an outbreak as a result of our behaviour,” External link

stabroeknews Friday, July 10, 2020 5:25:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The prime minster has always said the Government will pull back on some of these relaxation measures if we do not act in a responsible way and if there are any signs of an outbreak as a result of our behaviour,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, July 10, 2020 10:21:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “These units will, no doubt, help to improve the management of high-risk pregnancies and reduce the incidence of neonatal deaths due to inadequate access to high-dependency care,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, July 10, 2020 10:21:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The Enhanced Health Care Services Delivery project was the result, and I am pleased to report that since the launch of the project in September 2019, approximately 9,000 Jamaicans have received services at a cost of some $368 million. These include CT scans, MRIs, ultrasounds, and angiograms, among other diagnostic services,” “We have heard the cry of the Jamaican people in not accessing diagnostic services enough in the public health system, and not being able to afford it in the private system. The Government has responded,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, July 10, 2020 8:59:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton stated : “Given this fact, Jamaica Moves is now in more than 200 schools, reaching at least 72,000 students; and with collaboration taking place with teacher-training institutions, as well as with student leaders, to bring about the change we want to see among our young people who we wish to transform into change agents for a healthier Jamaica,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, July 10, 2020 8:59:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “We have also leveraged a joined up government approach to the pandemic, while mobilising the support of the people of Jamaica to help to protect us all from the COVID-19 risk, including the provision of some $775 million in financial support to our health authorities to help meet the needs associated with the response efforts,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, July 9, 2020 8:45:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Other costs include the retrofitting of facilities to quarantine and/or isolate and care for persons who are suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, July 9, 2020 8:45:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “We have also leveraged a joined-up government approach to the pandemic, while mobilising the support of the people of Jamaica to help to protect us all from the COVID-19 risk, including the provision of some $775 million in financial support to our health authorities to help meet the needs associated with the response efforts,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, July 8, 2020 9:01:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Other costs include the retrofitting of facilities to quarantine and/or isolate and care for persons who are suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, July 8, 2020 9:01:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton told : “I am comfortable that we have been getting value for money, as evidenced by the slowing of the disease, which has resulted in a less-than-expected number of cases and hospitalisations,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, July 8, 2020 11:03:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “When compared to other jurisdictions, I believe we can safely say that the health system in Jamaica is working to protect the citizens of this country,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, July 8, 2020 11:03:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “I am very proud of Lesa and her parents who have encouraged her,” “I have discussed with her parents additional support to ensure they continue to stand behind her as she goes on to high school” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, July 7, 2020 8:20:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “It is a very fluid situation, but at this point, it was felt that we would begin with this approach. One of the positives I think of the approach of the Government is we have very short spurts of redirecting the policy position - two-week spurts,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, July 3, 2020 11:31:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton stated : “The concerns of the residents are sufficiently significant to the expansion plan for the facilities. In their exploration, a look should be taken at some of the decisions taken by NEPA and, of course, my own ministry before I was a part of it,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, July 1, 2020 10:59:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The numbers are growing, and we just don’t have the physical capacity to deal with the increase. The people (medical personnel) are burnt out and stretched while the equipment goes on down time,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, June 29, 2020 10:10:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “As you know, this is a densely populated community, and part of the challenge with communities that have these characteristics ... is that people move around and interact with each other more and by extension (there could be) community spread,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, June 26, 2020 10:10:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “I will have to engage an independent technical expert to assess the technical study. It is alarming that NEPA does not have a monitoring system for the assessment of the water,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, June 26, 2020 10:10:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “There is a high burden on the operators of the facility to ensure that all the criteria are met, and right now there is a lack of confidence in the technical study and the implementation of the operation seem to be in breach of the permit,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, June 26, 2020 10:10:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “It's about the 17,000 or more committed workers who have really demonstrated what we already know – that they are committed to their work and the health and wellness of Jamaica,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, June 26, 2020 8:27:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The beneficiaries – the people who use the infrastructure; our mothers and potential mothers – need to recognise the importance of following the procedures, the protocols, the appropriate approach both in their lifestyle, as well as in terms of accessing the facilities that we have at an institution like this,” External link

jis Thursday, June 25, 2020 5:52:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The idea of masking up is very important in terms of the spike, and too many Jamaicans are ignoring the message. Now, one of the things we have to determine is if they are ignoring the message because they can’t afford a mask or, perhaps worse, they don’t understand the importance of wearing a mask in these times. I think an opportunity like this, where we receive some masks courtesy of Singer, will give us a chance to donate more masks, but also to promote the message of masks wearing,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, June 24, 2020 10:55:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton told : “It’s been a bad situation for some time now [and] risking the health of citizens in the housing development. The problems stem from the faulty design and/or construction, which has led to consistent downtime of the sewerage system from the houses were handed over,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, June 22, 2020 11:21:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton told : “I think it is important for Jamaicans to appreciate that they are paying for these tests, ultimately. Part of the economic challenge that we face as a country right now…is that resources which would have gone to roads and schools and other things have to be rechanneled for the public health response,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, June 20, 2020 10:33:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Subsequent tests of the family members revealed that there are three positive cases in that home, which would have been transmitted from the person who came in,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, June 19, 2020 11:20:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton noted : “This is a real live case of someone contaminating the rest of their household, and the challenge with this is that one member who has been infected is the mother of the person who came in, who is an older person. That could mean a higher risk profile and the consequences, but we hope not, could be dire,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, June 19, 2020 11:20:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Subsequent tests of the family members revealed that there are three positive cases in that home, which would have been transmitted from the person who came in,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, June 19, 2020 9:58:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton added : “I know that [people] who have a family member who comes in... you are going to be excited to see that person… but when we say you need to quarantine yourself — stay by yourself in a room, in a space — and minimise the risk of contact until you get the test result; it is a very important directive,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, June 19, 2020 9:58:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton added ( about error ) : “Frankly speaking, I expect that there is going to be a margin of error there in terms of whether or not... everyone complies,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, June 19, 2020 9:58:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Because there are going to be persons who feel... either because they think they are invincible, or they are just idiots, or they don't care, or they may think they have something that just needs to be done, they are going to breach the orders,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, June 19, 2020 9:58:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton added : “As of now, we have not charged anyone, the Government has taken on the responsibility. Personally, I don't foresee that that will happen, but then, I don't want to second-guess a process that we have established; it has worked well so far,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, June 17, 2020 1:17:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton told : “The Government has never shunned away from taking decisions that involve cost when it comes to managing this process. That's one thing I can say. I have never gone to the Cabinet, to the prime minister to ask for resources, as it relates to the COVID-19 challenge and risk, and been turned away… The cost is more in the time and the effort, but I think we have a dedicated set of citizens, persons in public health and all the other agencies, and we are all committed to the cause,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, June 17, 2020 1:17:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said ( about Daryl Vaz ) : “So I am as pleased as he (Vaz) is today to be identified with the groundbreaking of what will be one of the most modern public health facilities in the parish of Portland,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, June 17, 2020 10:34:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton told : “The Government will continue to absorb the costs, for now anyway. We haven't taken any decision of paying for it, except the Government,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, June 13, 2020 2:28:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Part of it is we seem to have become victims of our own successes. We have done fairly well in terms of controlling the virus, and some persons have interpreted it to mean that the virus is no longer a threat,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, June 12, 2020 10:45:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “At the current volume of samples received and scheduling of staff, results are returned in about 24 to 36 hours. However, and it's important to note, this period may be lengthened on occasions for a variety of reasons, including a delay in the transportation of samples; samples held as more processing is required or retesting is required as aliquot from the sample was compromised or for which an invalid report was generated based on machine issues,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, June 12, 2020 9:28:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “This period may be lengthened on occasion for a number of reasons, including a delay in the transportation of samples, samples held as more processing is required, or retesting is required because samples may be compromised or an invalid report was generated by the machine… this process, even though efficient, does have downtime, and contributes to delays… it's not something that we are happy about; we don't want to inconvenience persons who are waiting for results, and we regret where persons have to wait, but it's not a precise science because of the mechanical and the limited staff that we have,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, June 12, 2020 8:21:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “One of the things we want to encourage Jamaicans in, is the proper wearing of the mask and the care. So this idea of wearing the mask on your chin and on your forehead, it’s important that persons realise that you take the mask off using this [side ties or ear loops], you don’t touch the [face of the] mask, you don’t handle it… because, frankly speaking, a mask can be a double-edged sword. If you don’t use it properly, it could also be a problem for you,” External link

stabroeknews Tuesday, June 2, 2020 9:51:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “One of the things we want to encourage Jamaicans in, is the proper wearing of the mask and the care. So this idea of wearing the mask on your chin and on your forehead, it's important that persons realise that you take the mask off using this [side ties or ear loops], you don't touch the [face of the] mask, you don't handle it... because, frankly speaking, a mask can be a double-edged sword. If you don't use it properly, it could also be a problem for you,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, June 2, 2020 9:32:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : "That is something we have to guard against," "We have to keep encouraging persons to keep wearing masks because as we open up and remove restrictions and go back to work and play, the risk of the virus is still very real. We cannot get complacent and we cannot relax the messaging and we have to enforce as much," External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, June 2, 2020 1:25:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : "I would find it very difficult to deal with if that were to happen to Jamaica. As Minister of Health and Wellness it is my duty to promote to people that the virus can be avoided and risks can be mitigated," External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, June 2, 2020 1:25:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton added : “We recognise in public health that the economy clearly has to position itself to restore normal activity, particularly in the context of the impact of restrictions on jobs and economic activity generally,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, May 31, 2020 5:19:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “So really, what we would want as we move to this greater phase of relaxation is firstly that people recognise that this is a risk-based approach. With every action there are associated risks, and those risks must be accounted for and factored in as we prepare to move back to normality, and normality has to be interpreted in a way that is going to account for adjustments, changes, people taking personal responsibility, and recognising that they have a role to play, and at the same time preparing the health system to deal with the likely consequences of those risks manifesting themselves in new cases,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, May 31, 2020 5:19:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton told : “Nine deaths out of the number of cases represent about 1.6 per cent. The global average is probably three/four times higher than that. So we've done well under the circumstances, largely because of our primary care the contact tracing, the isolation, the quarantining, and so on. And those systems will have to be in place at an even stronger level to respond to any outbreak, if that outbreak were to occur, whether in an institution, in a community, or in a particular population, or household or otherwise,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, May 31, 2020 5:19:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “So we should not ignore some of the initial protocols that are in place, such as the wearing of masks in public spaces, proper hygiene and sanitisation. We cannot afford to be complacent, because the experience is that there have been jurisdictions where, having controlled the spread, those countries have seen surges after they've opened up, and Jamaica will always have that risk, it's just how we manage that risk,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, May 31, 2020 5:19:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “We have so far tested six of 14 infirmaries islandwide. We are expecting to get the results of the sample within the next couple of days,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, May 27, 2020 9:34:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : "The individual is currently asymptomatic and has been put in isolation in a Government facility," External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, May 27, 2020 8:22:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The holiday weekend [curfew] — in the eyes of the public health team, of course in deliberations, too, with the Cabinet which ultimately makes the decision — does provide an opportunity for a greater spread of the virus,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, May 23, 2020 1:54:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton added : "That is the consideration…you won't lose anything if you abandon one approach for another or if you abandon it altogether," External link

jamaica-star Friday, May 22, 2020 10:51:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : "We are seeing evidence of that with the controlled re-entry where we are seeing a number of persons testing positive," External link

jamaica-star Friday, May 22, 2020 10:51:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton added : "That is the consideration…you won't lose anything if you abandon one approach for another or if you abandon it altogether," External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, May 22, 2020 6:33:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : "We are seeing evidence of that with the controlled re-entry where we are seeing a number of persons testing positive," External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, May 22, 2020 6:33:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton pointed out : “At the end of that process, they will be tested again, and subject to a negative test, then they will be allowed to reintegrate in a normal way,” “So, the process has gone well. We had an opportunity to speak with the Captain and the other leadership of the vessel and all reports from those persons indicate that things went extremely smoothly and they are very grateful to the Government. The Jamaicans that are on the vessel seem to be also quite pleased with what is happening [and] are patiently waiting to allow the time and the procedure to take its course,” External link

jis Friday, May 22, 2020 5:58:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton stated : “There were arrangements being put in place regarding Medevac. However, there was a suspension of that request by the vessel and a request for a hold until the vessel was docked in port,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, May 22, 2020 9:26:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton added : “That is the consideration… You won't lose anything if you abandon one approach for another or if you abandon it altogether,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, May 22, 2020 9:06:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “We are seeing evidence of that with the controlled re-entry, where we are seeing a number of persons testing positive,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, May 22, 2020 9:06:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “From all reports, things went smoothly,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, May 22, 2020 9:06:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “There were many waves and shouts of gratefulness, gratitude, relief maybe, from them on their balconies, and they are very content with the process as it has been announced; and even though they are not in the first batch to be dispatched, they are patiently waiting and seem happy to allow the time and the procedure to take its course,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, May 22, 2020 9:06:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton added : “That is the consideration… . You won’t lose anything if you abandon one approach for another or if you abandon it altogether,” External link

jis Friday, May 22, 2020 1:33:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “We are seeing evidence of that with the controlled re-entry, where we are seeing a number of persons testing positive,” External link

jis Friday, May 22, 2020 1:33:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Once the request came in, the request was dealt with. I was never advised that there was any request and the request was denied,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, May 21, 2020 9:46:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The patient-confidentiality issues do not allow that to take place, and the person would have to speak on their own behalf as it relates to their status of their condition or give written permission for that to happen,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, May 21, 2020 9:46:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Once the request came in, the request was dealt with. I was never advised that there was any request and the request was denied,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, May 21, 2020 9:46:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The patient-confidentiality issues do not allow that to take place, and the person would have to speak on their own behalf as it relates to their status of their condition or give written permission for that to happen,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, May 21, 2020 9:46:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton told : “In implementing these plans, the ministry has already received approval from the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service for the employment of an approximate additional 1,300 community health aids,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, May 20, 2020 10:31:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton explained : “In our 'new normal', active field surveillance using methods such as contact tracing, community education and health information, and the monitoring of persons in quarantine and in isolation will be important components of the public health response. The addition of these officers, therefore, will enable the Government to continue our efforts in early detection and strengthen our capacity to contain and manage any infections once they are identified,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, May 20, 2020 10:31:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “At the same time however, as this experience with COVID-19 has shown us and the world, economics without a healthy population is unsustainable. As such, the new normal must recognise that everyone counts – not just as individuals, societies or countries but as an integrated whole that supports the health and well-being of all,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, May 20, 2020 10:31:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “I am told that there is no discernible difference in terms of deaths. I don’t have the specific numbers for the first three months of this year versus the first three months of last year” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, May 20, 2020 8:58:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “I think with all that is happening now, it reinforced the need for us to improve on that,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, May 20, 2020 8:58:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “I think with all that is happening now, it reinforced the need for us to improve on that,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, May 20, 2020 8:58:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Member, you seem to have more information than I; I will do some checks on that, but I am checking my CMO (chief medical officer) here and she is not aware of those details. I know there are discussions taking place around the possibility of seamen [Jamaican workers on ships] being repatriated. We are in the process of trying to work out logistics around these arrangements, but I can't say that I have been given any specific date and so your level of detail makes you a lot more aware on the specifics of that particular approach,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, May 18, 2020 12:22:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The Government is ensuring that all support can be provided once agreement has been reached on the terms and date of arrival in accordance with the appropriate international laws and the laws of Jamaica,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, May 18, 2020 9:35:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : "I knew nothing of it except tonight I am learning... we will have to seek further information," External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, May 17, 2020 1:25:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton warned : "In terms of quarantining and assessment, we would have to spend some time to plan the logistics of that, but right now it would be very difficult," External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, May 17, 2020 1:25:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : "We would have to do our own assessment in protection of the general population," External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, May 17, 2020 1:25:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “We’re working on the protocols,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, May 15, 2020 8:56:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Public health has had to be supported by other agencies because we’ve reached a level that has really stretched the limit of public health,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, May 15, 2020 8:56:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton added : “It can't be that we wait until we have no cases for a prolonged period of time, because as we speak that could be remote based on the spread of the disease and the history of the disease around the world,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, May 14, 2020 8:50:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Yes, there are risks with opening up and allowing persons to congregate. Yes, there are risks with persons who may go to bars, or churches, for that matter. The protocols accompanying those decisions are intended to mitigate against those risks,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, May 14, 2020 8:50:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton declared : “What is very important, however, is for us to recognise that at some point we are going to have to gradually move to a place where persons can lead normal lives even with COVID present in the population,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, May 14, 2020 8:50:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton told : “It's a matter that has been discussed at the Cabinet level… there have been some adjustments made. I have dispatched a team there [National Stadium] to work with them to help to manage the social distancing issues and mitigate against the potential risk. Elsewhere in the country, the health authorities have been asked to communicate with the particular private entity to coordinate and to assist with some of that crowd management. It is a concern and the interventions have been made,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, May 13, 2020 9:21:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Nurses in Jamaica account for the majority of technical human resource in the public health sector. They are front-line health-care providers with the requisite training and skills to appropriately identify, treat and refer patients throughout the health-care continuum,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, May 13, 2020 9:21:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The reality is that some persons will require hospitalisation, and therefore the donation of these beds will make their stay even more comfortable as we continue to prepare our hospitals to respond to the needs that will arise for persons who are severely ill,” “We continue to say that partnership is a key part of public health, and again the people of Jamaica are better off for the support of Unicomer Jamaica Limited as we work towards our goal of achieving the best health outcome for all Jamaicans,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, May 11, 2020 12:27:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “We are putting in a new plan for dealing with COVID-19, over the next 12 months, which is going to see us recruiting additional personnel to expand capacity so that we can focus on COVID, while we can do the other things that we are expected to do,” External link

jis Monday, May 11, 2020 8:07:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “We couldn't survive without them. I don't care what anybody wants to say... the Cubans have been a very good addition to the work on the ground,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, May 10, 2020 8:38:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton noted : “We have had discussions around using the mobile units to do testing for caregivers. Since the last meeting [of the committee] I know we have had discussions around testing caregivers and that was to be put in train or has been put in train,” External link

jis Saturday, May 9, 2020 10:53:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “So, they are literally operating unofficially or informally, but I have asked for not just visits, but also for the follow-up to ensure that the protocol for COVID-19, which is established for nursing homes, be given to all of these facilities, not just the ones that are registered on the books,” “In exploring why so many are not registered, the simple response is that they fail to meet the standard that has been set. I have taken a pragmatic approach not to ignore the unregistered, recognising the risk that they pose, but to zero in on the COVID response to ensure all are notified on some very basic things that need to be put in place,” External link

jis Saturday, May 9, 2020 10:53:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said ( about Andrew Holness ) : “Of the 396 confirmed cases, 202 are employees of the workplace cluster in St. Catherine. Their ages range from 18 to 53 years. They include 151 females and 51 males. They are primarily from the parishes of St. Catherine, and Kingston and St. Andrew,” External link

caribbean360 Saturday, May 9, 2020 10:40:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton explained : “Sometime next week we should be in a position to receive those expressions of interest on the…website. There is a section there where you can log your interest and then there will be follow-up that will take place,” External link

jamaica-star Saturday, May 9, 2020 9:46:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The remaining institutions have been provided with work plans to improve their infection prevention and control measures,” External link

jamaica-star Saturday, May 9, 2020 9:46:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton acknowledged : “The truth is that our current complement of public-health staff members who are involved in contact tracing is quite burdened with the work that has to be done and some are even suffering burn out, understandably so, because we are in a really challenging time over the past three months,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, May 8, 2020 9:50:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The Alorica situation is the dominant challenge for us now in the country as it relates to COVID-19 and the response,” External link

TorontoStar Monday, May 4, 2020 9:48:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton told ( about Jamaica Hotel ) : “Jamaica’s approach has been to contain (the) spread, not to totally shut down,” External link

TorontoStar Monday, May 4, 2020 9:48:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “It’s clear by the extent of spread in that particular company that old protocols did not work or were not properly followed, so we are stepping up audits plus enhancing the protocols,” External link

TorontoStar Monday, May 4, 2020 9:48:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton told : “My big worry is that if we have an outbreak of COVID-19 in a nursing home or an infirmary, or somewhere like that, the consequences are likely to be dire,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, May 4, 2020 11:19:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton added : “I dread the likelihood of COVID-19 spreading within any or multiple facilities of this kind because they represent a weak point, because the people in these homes are older persons persons with multiple comorbid conditions. And the history of the disease, even in our limited context with those who have died, suggests that the people who are most affected are the people who meet that criteria,” “So what I've asked the Standards and Regulation Unit to do is not only to look at the longer term, but in the short term we need to reach out to all of them, even the ones not registered, and provide them with the sort of best practices that are necessary,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, May 4, 2020 11:19:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The reality is that many of these pop up over time and offer services that are needed without offering all the appropriate standards. It's been a long-standing issue, and it's an issue that we have to deal with. I am only recognising that the problem exists, and I am concerned enough to want to do something about it in the immediate circumstances of COVID-19, while we try to deal with longer-term challenges which, I accept, exist and need to be addressed” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, May 4, 2020 11:19:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “One of the things that COVID-19 has done, it has brought into sharp focus how antiquated many of our public health laws are, and it requires a response that should bring these laws into modern times,” “Part of living with COVID-19, I think, is going to be to facilitate that this happens in the near future, not in the distant future, and I'm committed to working on that, which involves the Public Health Act, Quarantine Act, and several others, many of which are frankly speaking outdated,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, May 4, 2020 11:19:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said ( about Kingston Public ) : “I’ve asked the Standards and Regulation Division (of the health ministry) to use the Public Health Act to conduct appropriate levels of inspection where necessary. There are a number of privately operated institutions that have not even registered or applied for registration under the NRHA,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, May 4, 2020 9:20:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “If that individual in the eyes of the clinicians on the ground doing the contact tracing, doing the assessment is found to have a greater level of exposure, and the virus could be there but not presenting itself and their facility is not sufficient for them to quarantine, then they would be placed in that facility until it is certain that the virus is not present,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, May 2, 2020 10:13:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “I want to just say before, on behalf of the team, for not releasing the numbers yesterday [Tuesday],” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, April 30, 2020 9:11:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton added : “Of the 32 new cases, there are 11 males, 21 females with ages ranging from one to 71 years,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, April 30, 2020 9:11:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton noted : “Of the 396 confirmed cases up to now, 202 are employees of the workplace cluster in St Catherine. Their ages range from 18 to 53. They include 151 females and 51 males. They are primarily from the parishes of St Catherine and Kingston and St Andrew,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, April 30, 2020 9:11:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The employee, a resident of St Catherine, has been placed in isolation at a Government facility. The health departments in Kingston and St Andrew and St Catherine have begun contact tracing to ascertain those who may have come into contact with the employee with a view to quarantine or isolate, test, and treat, as appropriate,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, April 30, 2020 9:11:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton stated : “I'm concerned to ensure that the protocols are, in fact, the most efficient and to the extent that they could have avoided a situation like this from occurring; I'd like to be convinced of that, and I've said that internally that we need to look at that,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, April 30, 2020 9:11:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “We’re acting out of an abundance of caution in keeping with our new protocols,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, April 29, 2020 9:11:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “As such, we will again look at the protocols to determine areas where there could be improvements. At this time the ministry awaits the outcome of the criminal investigation and the recommendation of the director of public prosecution on the proffering of charges in this matter,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, April 29, 2020 8:36:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “These protocols are to ensure the safety of all parties and to provide for the best outcome for the patient and staff,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, April 29, 2020 2:25:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Yes, we did have a backlog which we have spoken about. ... Since last week, however, when we installed the new system at the public health lab, we have been clearing up the backlog very nicely,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, April 28, 2020 9:23:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton told : “We intend to unveil a public health plan now that will see us sustaining a fairly vigilant, responsive approach over the next year as it relates specifically to COVID-19 and the possibility of further community transmission…” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, April 27, 2020 12:49:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The truth of the matter is that the current contingent that we have will suffer burnout if they continue at this pace over the next months to come, and maybe a year to come, and we have to plan for next year on the assumption that the virus is going to be with us, is likely to spread…until the country develops a sort of immunity or resistance to the virus…” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, April 27, 2020 12:49:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “As we see the virus move…the management and control of that is going to be largely dependent on the work of our primary health care professionals on the ground, in particular the contact tracers. Wherever the virus is we have to control it, cauterise it, and minimise the risk,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, April 27, 2020 12:49:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton told : “Increasingly as the virus spreads and we get into community control, we going to have to accommodate more home isolation,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, April 27, 2020 12:49:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton told : “Given that many of the territories of the region have no expert clinical capacity, we have to give consideration to matters that could be detrimental to life. I therefore think each case should be considered on that basis,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, April 27, 2020 9:41:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton told : “I saw Dr Dawes yesterday (Friday) and we spoke on it,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, April 26, 2020 9:59:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : "We are working on a plan now that will see us sustaining a fairly vigilant approach over the next year as it relates to COVID and future possible transmission," External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, April 25, 2020 6:52:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : "We have 24 persons in state run isolation facilities and 11 in home isolation," External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, April 25, 2020 6:52:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : "We say we have 1.5 million people who may get the virus , we don't have 1.5 million beds, for COVID. We have 30 beds in May Pen, 20 in Mandeville, 16 at Percy Junor, 24 in Black River and 30 at the transition house at Kendal conference Centre," External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, April 25, 2020 6:52:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton pointed out : “The truth is, if we had an explosion of cases that required hospital care too early, then the capacity of our public health services to cope would be very difficult and, indeed, I say almost impossible. You just need to look at other countries where they have had surges, where patients cannot get ventilators, cannot get hospital beds, even in some very developed countries,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, April 24, 2020 9:14:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “We want the Jamaican people to start adjusting their minds to what community transmission and community spread is and what the implications are for them, for us in public health, what their role needs to be and what are some of the adjustments and changes that are going to be necessary when we declare that we are now in community spread, because it’s a different management mechanism that has to be put in place,” “If we are to beatCOVID-19, it is now more important than ever to recognise that everyone counts and that you must ‘tan ah yuh yaad’, and keep your distance. It is critical that we all play our part,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, April 24, 2020 9:14:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “And that number (1,409) is a moving target, and it increases each hour, depending on the information and depending on the next confirmed case. And, again, I think it is important that the public understands and appreciates that, because their input, their participation is so important,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, April 23, 2020 1:49:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Seven [of the 10] are associated with the workplace cluster [Alorica], two cases are contacts of confirmed cases, and one is under investigation,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, April 23, 2020 1:49:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “There are now 34 imported cases, 53 contacts of a confirmed case, eight that are local transmission with no epidemiological link, and 148 that are under investigation,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, April 23, 2020 1:49:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton warned : “We should see quite a few hundreds samples tested over the next 24 hours, which could, or may adjust the numbers of positive tests,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, April 23, 2020 1:49:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton argued : “The question is what does it mean for you to have COVID-19 and to be told to stay home until you get better. The dynamics of that are important to appreciate and understand,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, April 23, 2020 1:49:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton added : “As we move into the phase of community transmission it is going to require more from the public… to control the COVID-19 public health threat,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, April 23, 2020 1:49:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “We want the Jamaican people to start adjusting their minds to what community transmission and what community spread is, what the implications are for them, for us in public health; what their roles need to be, and what are the adjustments that are going to be necessary when we declare that we are now in community spread,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, April 23, 2020 1:49:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton stated : “We ask, Jamaicans, don’t assume those who have the virus have brought it in, created it, are somehow cursed, have somehow sinned, somehow deserve it, are bringing a plague on your community or household. None of us are immune to the virus,” “We really need to cut the hate. I really do not want to hear about any case of persons threatening people, abusing people, because they hear they have the virus,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, April 23, 2020 9:18:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton told : “This stint as minister of health and wellness in the last four plus years has proven to be, by far, the more challenging,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, April 22, 2020 8:22:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton told : “This machine will significantly increase our testing capacity as we move into the community spread phase of the virus. It's a welcome addition to our COVID response,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, April 22, 2020 8:22:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The Ministry of Health and Wellness continues to give support to staff, families, and close contacts of the affected with treatment, contact tracing, and counselling,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, April 22, 2020 8:22:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “It is not that we have not looked at it. As you know, we have been collaborating with the Cuban government in several ways, and we are very appreciative in terms of the clinical capacity that has been added to our front line against COVID,” External link

antiguaobserver Sunday, April 19, 2020 5:38:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton told : “That manifestation is demonstrated in how some countries have actually been dealing with it. It is characterised, to a large extent, by panic response, and that is manifested in a number of ways,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, April 19, 2020 8:24:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “We have been getting some additional ventilators over the last few weeks and the aim, ultimately, by next month (May) is to have between 90 and 100 ventilators in the public health system,” “The public health system up to COVID-19 had about 25 to 30 ventilators, so we are literally tripling the number of ventilators. They will be deployed across the country in the relevant hospitals as we prepare the COVID wards across the system, and that is to deal with more serious patients who require hospital care and [have] a high-dependency on intensive care unit care,” External link

jamaica-star Saturday, April 18, 2020 7:38:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “I have heard stories of some individuals of Portmore moving out after the lockdown measure was announced on Tuesday, just about two hours before the regular 9:00 pm to 5:00 am curfew started. I saw some pictures on social media of people moving out, and I am assuming they are accurate, showing some residents opting to leave Portmore to other jurisdictions to avoid the lockdown,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, April 18, 2020 10:28:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “We have a protocol that will trigger all necessary responses. The clinical team will decide who are the close contacts and who needs to be quarantined at home or otherwise and who needs to be tested,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, April 18, 2020 9:37:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “We have been getting some additional ventilators over the last few weeks and the aim, ultimately, by next month (May) is to have between 90 and 100 ventilators in the public health system,” “The public health system up to COVID-19 had about 25 to 30 ventilators, so we are literally tripling the number of ventilators. They will be deployed across the country in the relevant hospitals as we prepare the COVID wards across the system, and that is to deal with more serious patients who require hospital care and [have] a high-dependency on intensive care unit care,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, April 18, 2020 9:37:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “We have been getting some additional ventilators over the last few weeks and the aim, ultimately, by next month (May) is to have between 90 and 100 ventilators in the public health system,” “The public health system up to COVID-19 had about 25 to 30 ventilators, so we are literally tripling the number of ventilators. They will be deployed across the country in the relevant hospitals as we prepare the COVID wards across the system, and that is to deal with more serious patients who require hospital care and [have] a high-dependency on intensive care unit care,” External link

jis Friday, April 17, 2020 11:06:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Plus, I did not have direct contact with the staff member,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, April 17, 2020 10:51:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “We retrofitted five mobile units and four were deployed to the respective regions, and this is in aid of expanding the sampling, collection and testing for COVID-19,” “One unit is based in Clarendon, and I actually visited the Corn Piece quarantined community where they were collecting samples a few days ago. That was the first one to be deployed,” External link

jamaica-star Friday, April 17, 2020 8:33:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “It is not that we have not looked at it. As you know, we have been collaborating with the Cuban government in several ways, and we are very appreciative in terms of the clinical capacity that has been added to our front line against COVID,” External link

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

Christopher Tufton added : “And, given the extent that we have had positive tests, it is quite clear that the possibility, the likelihood of spread by one of those individuals to their friends, neighbours… is real, and it is something that we need to take very seriously,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, April 17, 2020 9:44:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “I wanted to give an opportunity to an entity that is complying with the measures to indicate to the populace, and to all of us, that it is possible for us to practise the social distancing, the sanitising… the measures that have been put into the protocol, to allow industry to continue while still observing the public health risks,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, April 17, 2020 9:44:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Just to say that the St Catherine Health Department is actively following the situation at Alorica and are being provided with additional support personnel to expedite their contact tracing efforts,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, April 17, 2020 9:44:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Of the total number of staff at Alorica, numbering 787, some 569 are from St Catherine, and we have made contact with 447… There are some challenges as it relates to 112 of those names because of addresses not being correct. We are, however, continuing the efforts to locate those individuals,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, April 17, 2020 9:44:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The St Catherine Health Department has been actively following this situation at Alorica since Friday, April 10. So far over 300 interviews have been conducted with workers and quarantine orders have been served on over 800 people,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, April 16, 2020 1:46:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “I can only go by the advice given to me,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, April 16, 2020 10:17:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton told : “We are working with the foreign affairs ministry to manoeuvre these issues,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, April 16, 2020 10:17:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The ministry is also working diligently to identify each of their contacts for testing, while investigations continue to identify other positive exposed persons,” External link

stabroeknews Wednesday, April 15, 2020 11:17:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “It’s not restricted by the number of test kits. We have probably the equivalent of 20,000 or more kits to collect samples,” “The units collect samples, then they are taken to the lab for testing, so it’s more restricted by the hours in the day and the number of persons we can actually collect samples from during the day” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, April 15, 2020 10:32:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The ministry is also working diligently to identify each of their contacts for testing, while investigations continue to identify other positive exposed persons,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, April 15, 2020 9:42:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton urged : “I want to use the opportunity to encourage doctors in western Jamaica to get information on this new method that we have engaged, and to apply and become part of that solution. So for western Jamaica, I want to encourage our western practitioners to sign on to this approach,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, April 15, 2020 9:42:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “So once you open your borders, once you start normal activity, the risk is always going to be there. So part of the strategy is going to be to create some protocols around how do we provide best practice advice to persons who may be more at risk because, as you know, the vast majority of people who may have the virus will overcome it very easily,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, April 15, 2020 9:42:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Then, we can get a better feel of whether or not we need to go to another level. This initial group is the group that was the closest contact with the woman. From that, other actions will be taken,” External link

stabroeknews Tuesday, April 14, 2020 9:37:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The position of the ministry, as of now, is that a lot is going to depend on what the test results show, so we will continue to do the contact tracing and continue the testing and expanding the testing, and as the results come in, it will give us an indication as to how much the positive case is contained or if it has spread. At that point, a decision will be made,” External link

stabroeknews Tuesday, April 14, 2020 9:37:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Then, we can get a better feel of whether or not we need to go to another level. This initial group is the group that was the closest contact with the woman. From that, other actions will be taken,” External link

stabroeknews Monday, April 13, 2020 12:06:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The position of the ministry, as of now, is that a lot is going to depend on what the test results show, so we will continue to do the contact tracing and continue the testing and expanding the testing, and as the results come in, it will give us an indication as to how much the positive case is contained or if it has spread. At that point, a decision will be made,” External link

stabroeknews Monday, April 13, 2020 12:06:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Then, we can get a better feel of whether or not we need to go to another level. This initial group is the group that was the closest contact with the woman. From that, other actions will be taken,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, April 13, 2020 10:24:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The position of the ministry, as of now, is that a lot is going to depend on what the test results show, so we will continue to do the contact tracing and continue the testing and expanding the testing, and as the results come in, it will give us an indication as to how much the positive case is contained or if it has spread. At that point, a decision will be made,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, April 13, 2020 10:24:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton outlined : “Persons who have a desire to be tested will be subjected to that protocol in terms of an assessment done, or triage as would be done in our accident and emergency context. If they meet the specific requirements or criteria, then the samples would be collected by those units and test administered and they will be contacted and given appropriate guidance and counselling,” External link

thedailyherald Saturday, April 11, 2020 11:26:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton noted : “We’re currently in the process of sensitising staff. The goal is to have only those who are mildly affected by COVID-19 treated at that facility,” External link

jamaica-star Saturday, April 11, 2020 10:23:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton explained : “And all (six) are persons with a travel history and contacts of confirmed cases,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, April 10, 2020 9:32:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “I am proud to be minister of health at this time, despite the challenges, because of the team we have on the ground, and in particular, as it relates to contact tracing. Our primary health-care personnel — our nurses, our community public health personnel who are out and who manage to investigate to find out the people that they are looking for, interview them, to log — if we did not have that level of efficiency on the ground, I am prepared to say things could have been a lot worse. And that applies across the country, but certainly, I want to commend you in the west for that work,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, April 10, 2020 9:32:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “This donation is welcome support as we scale up testing mechanisms to achieve more reach. We're operating on the principle of 'all hands on deck and everyone counts'. In making this donation, CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank is telecasting to everybody that we must all play our role [and we] thank you,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, April 9, 2020 9:16:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “We have started the work to retrofit the facility, which, when completed, will have 72 beds, monitors, and other equipment. That work is being spearheaded by the Jamaica Defence Force,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, April 8, 2020 9:57:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “In regard to the N95 masks, we recognised there is a supply shortage and have therefore invested US$2.2 million to secure these masks,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, April 8, 2020 9:57:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton noted : “We have a projection for over a million infected persons over a year, most of whom will have to be at home. So the issue then becomes if you are so infected what are the procedures,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, April 8, 2020 9:31:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “I was never accusing anyone of being irresponsible. I was saying that we have to be careful we avoid sending a message that is an irresponsible message” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, April 6, 2020 10:00:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “To the extent that that impression is given, then as chair, I will seek to recalibrate and reconcile” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, April 6, 2020 10:00:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton told : “Jamaica has now recorded its 53rd confirmed case of COVID-19. This follows six new additions over the last 48-hours,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, April 4, 2020 9:36:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton added : “The new cases are a 58-year-old male from Manchester who is a contact of a confirmed case; a 57-year-old male from Kingston, who is a contact of a confirmed case; a 40-year-old male from Kingston, whose mode of transmission is currently under investigation; a 23-year-old male from Clarendon who is the contact of a confirmed case; a 42-year-old male from Clarendon, who has a travel history to the US; and a 22-year-old female from Clarendon, who is a contact of a confirmed case,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, April 4, 2020 9:36:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton added : “The report was generally very positive. They were very pleased with the medical staff; with the attention they got and I want to just really again place on record our appreciation for the efforts [of the medical staff],” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, April 4, 2020 9:36:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said ( about Kingston Public ) : “We need all hands on deck. We need to engage them all. I’m happy to announce that coming out of those discussions, Andrews Memorial Hospital will be used, based on an agreement, as an extension of the Kingston Public Hospital,” “So as needed, patients who are admitted at KPH, based on the appropriate arrangements, would be housed at Andrews Hospital,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, April 3, 2020 10:23:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The pandemic that we are experiencing now is unprecedented, so it is good to see service groups and corporate companies like Pepsi-Cola Jamaica rising to the occasion by supporting their fellow man, especially without being prompted to do so,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, April 3, 2020 9:00:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Having reviewed the protocol, consultations with senior virologists and infection control specialists, and also guided by the World Health Organization and the Pan American Health Organization, we are of the view that testing is sufficient to date. We think we have a good sense of what is happening on the ground,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, April 2, 2020 10:09:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton told : “There is a little concern related to that area. We may have to take some decisions as it relates to that area, but not right now. A team is assessing that. Two hundred and seventy-nine persons have been interviewed and an additional seven persons have been placed into isolation,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, April 2, 2020 10:09:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton informed : “We did 53 tests, and of the 53, six are positive. All of the six are linked to the quarantined community of Cornpiece in south-east Clarendon. One of the six, a 53-year-old male had travelled with the index case from New York. That index case, a 79-year-old male who was the first to have passed,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, April 2, 2020 10:09:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton told : “Right now, we're using less than 20 per cent of our testing capacity. So we still have significant capacity and you will see additional efforts being made, including using mobile units to go out into the parishes to collect samples for testing,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, March 31, 2020 8:52:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : "About 400,000 would end up in the public health system," External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, March 28, 2020 9:36:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : "About 400,000 would end up in the public health system," External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, March 28, 2020 7:26:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “If that observation becomes the norm rather than the exception and the risks for community spread become greater or becomes a reality, then I believe that the prime minister, who is on record as saying so, and the Cabinet, would have no difficulty increasing the restrictions. I do believe that that could be a possibility going into the future, but at the same time would be subject to an assessment,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, March 28, 2020 10:01:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton told : “It's the kind of response that we are very appreciative of as part of the national plan to respond to this COVID threat. I'm very grateful to the Sandals group,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, March 27, 2020 3:31:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said ( about Adam Stewart ) : “When Adam and I spoke, even before the accommodation was discussed, he was willing to play a role from early in the day. He had offered to do whatever he could and we really appreciate this kind of corporate responsibility to addressing this issue,” “The facility that Sandals has made available is very appropriately positioned to assist, in that it has its own rooms with bathrooms, a common area from which our staff can manage the process, and the location is strategic to Cornwall Regional Hospital” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, March 27, 2020 3:31:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton told : “It's the kind of response that we are very appreciative of as part of the national plan to respond to this COVID threat. I'm very grateful to the Sandals group,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, March 27, 2020 11:00:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said ( about Adam Stewart ) : “When Adam and I spoke, even before the accommodation was discussed, he was willing to play a role from early in the day. He had offered to do whatever he could and we really appreciate this kind of corporate responsibility to addressing this issue,” “The facility that Sandals has made available is very appropriately positioned to assist, in that it has its own rooms with bathrooms, a common area from which our staff can manage the process, and the location is strategic to Cornwall Regional Hospital” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, March 27, 2020 11:00:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “We have a facility in Montego Bay, which is about 50 rooms, offered to us by a hotelier, which we are now retrofitting, [and] which will suit the purposes we are anticipating for [in] the 600 rooms,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, March 27, 2020 9:13:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “We still have a fairly long way to go in identifying those 600 rooms. It’s not just about the rooms, it’s also about where they are located because we want to place them strategically, so access, depending on where persons are, can be relatively easy and that the management and manning of these facilities can also be efficient,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, March 27, 2020 9:13:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “If we are not getting that cooperation [of the private sector], then there is always the possibility of triggering the law under the emergency powers that exist,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, March 27, 2020 9:13:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The required rooms are fundamental to the response plan that we have, particularly going into a period of community spread … ,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, March 27, 2020 9:13:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton warned : “We are very clear (in our minds) that if we have to make other decisions that are more stringent, that are more restrictive, then those decisions are going to have to be made,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, March 27, 2020 9:13:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “We have taken a decision that in the following weeks we are going to engage private sector interests under a public-private partnership arrangement to outsource some of the services that are being carried out in public health facilities and hospitals,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, March 26, 2020 10:02:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “something we have been thinking about for some time because we understand the crowding effect on our health centres across the island” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, March 26, 2020 10:02:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton argued : “We are going to have to make some hard decisions as to the suitability of this space to the extent that this space exists within the private sector. We are going to have to get the willingness of those players to work with us in the interest of the public,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, March 26, 2020 10:02:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton told : “We just got some new ones and we ordered 40,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, March 26, 2020 10:02:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Yes, that's enough based on the projection” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, March 26, 2020 10:02:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “We are asking the public for support in helping us to identify these facilities. We know there are a number of facilities, like hotels, that are now not operating. The Government would like to engage them in a conversation around the availability of these facilities, and, of course, we would like to engage them in a manner where we are not paying the normal market hotel rates,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, March 26, 2020 9:29:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton added : “Until that time, you can’t release them in the general population because they are classified as ‘shedding’, meaning the virus is still active and can be spread,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, March 26, 2020 9:29:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “To discontinue quarantine arrangements in Bull Bay, the decision has been taken to complete that arrangement on Saturday, 28th of March. And so to the residents of Bull Bay, we ask for their patience until end-of-day Friday, at which point we will resume normality,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, March 26, 2020 9:29:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “We are asking the public for support in helping us to identify these facilities. We know there are a number of facilities, like hotels that are not now operating. The Govern-ment would like to engage them in a conversation around the availability of these facilities and, of course, we’d like to engage them in a manner where we’re not paying the normal market hotel rate,” External link

stabroeknews Wednesday, March 25, 2020 10:09:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “We are asking the public for support in helping us to identify these facilities. We know there are a number of facilities, like hotels that are not now operating. The Government would like to engage them in a conversation around the availability of these facilities and, of course, we'd like to engage them in a manner where we're not paying the normal market hotel rate,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, March 24, 2020 11:23:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “We’re trying to get about 100 additional specialist nurses in the system, focusing primarily on high intensity units or ICU (intensive care unit),” External link

repeatingislands Tuesday, March 24, 2020 6:22:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “We are always mindful of anyone in the line of duty who are sufficiently exposed to recommend quarantining of these individuals and it has been done,” “Our frontline personnel are always at risk as they carry out their duties. I think they understand because this is not the first time the health system is dealing with infectious diseases, so there is a protocol to guide this” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, March 23, 2020 10:03:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton told : “There are a number of persons who, having dealt with a patient, subsequently tested positive,” External link

antiguaobserver Sunday, March 22, 2020 11:47:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “We are always mindful of anyone in the line of duty who are sufficiently exposed to recommend quarantining of these individuals and it has been done,” “Our frontline personnel are always at risk as they carry out their duties. I think they understand because this is not the first time the health system is dealing with infectious diseases, so there is a protocol to guide this” External link

antiguaobserver Sunday, March 22, 2020 11:47:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “We are always mindful of anyone in the line of duty who are sufficiently exposed to recommend quarantining of these individuals and it has been done,” “Our frontline personnel are always at risk as they carry out their duties. I think they understand because this is not the first time the health system is dealing with infectious diseases, so there is a protocol to guide this” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, March 22, 2020 10:54:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton told : “There are a number of persons who, having dealt with a patient, subsequently tested positive,” External link

stabroeknews Sunday, March 22, 2020 5:26:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “We are always mindful of anyone in the line of duty who are sufficiently exposed to recommend quarantining of these individuals and it has been done,” “Our frontline personnel are always at risk as they carry out their duties. I think they understand because this is not the first time the health system is dealing with infectious diseases, so there is a protocol to guide this” External link

stabroeknews Sunday, March 22, 2020 5:26:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton told : “There are a number of persons who, having dealt with a patient, subsequently tested positive,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, March 22, 2020 9:58:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “We are always mindful of anyone in the line of duty who are sufficiently exposed to recommend quarantining of these individuals and it has been done,” “Our frontline personnel are always at risk as they carry out their duties. I think they understand because this is not the first time the health system is dealing with infectious diseases, so there is a protocol to guide this” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, March 22, 2020 9:58:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “We’re trying to get about 100 additional specialist nurses in the system, focusing primarily on high intensity units or ICU (intensive care unit),” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, March 22, 2020 9:58:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “All the countries of the world are imposing restrictions and our attempt at trying to manage the potential crisis that we face has to include reduction in the movement of persons,” External link

stabroeknews Sunday, March 22, 2020 1:52:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “These flights are flights that had persons who eventually tested positive,” External link

stabroeknews Sunday, March 22, 2020 1:52:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “All the countries of the world are imposing restrictions and our attempt at trying to manage the potential crisis that we face has to include reduction in the movement of persons,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, March 21, 2020 10:20:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “These flights are flights that had persons who eventually tested positive,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, March 21, 2020 10:20:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “To the extent that there is a new pharmaceutical response to COVID-19, we will be very interested to learn more about that, and so the conversation will continue in that regard,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, March 20, 2020 9:32:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “It is very understandable why some persons, even if they are not indigent, which would have been our first focus, over time, would require support ... ,” “We, however, took the decision that we would increase the number of packages that would be delivered to the community. So now, we would make more available” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, March 19, 2020 9:58:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “If we determine, as a Government, that there are persons out there who have decided to exploit the health threat to the population by price gouging or hoarding, the laws can be triggered to give protection for the greater good of society,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, March 19, 2020 8:40:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : "If they fail to declare, then they would have committed a breach and to the extent that we are aware of that, then we will take whatever actions," External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, March 19, 2020 5:09:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “I just want to indicate that these persons are not going to be touring within the country, but we felt it was important to accommodate, on humanitarian grounds and others, the transfer of those individuals,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, March 18, 2020 9:50:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The features of the room include a bed, ventilators, monitoring mechanisms — cameras so you can actually observe the patients from [a] remote location, [namely] the nurses' station, plus to give the indication as to when the medical personnel have to go into the room to interact with the patient,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, March 18, 2020 8:45:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “One person visit per day per patient,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, March 17, 2020 9:01:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “There will be a requirement for a two-week quarantine period for all persons entering the country from a country where there is internal spread of the virus. We know that will significantly impact persons who are coming into Jamaica, but it is one of the most effective methods used,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, March 17, 2020 9:01:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “To the extent that the information indicated that there were persons who had issues, the reports that were requested, which included the medical log of passengers on this vessel …, determined the landing rights that were given to the vessel. And persons who disembarked were, based on those medical logs and other information, not persons who were in any way symptomatic,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, March 16, 2020 10:05:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton told : “If the practice becomes continuous, then we may need to take action otherwise. These people run taxis and they need licences. If they are actively refusing to carry out essential services to our workers, at an important period of time when we need the public health system to be responding, then those who are involved could lose licences if the practice becomes sufficiently widespread,” External link

stabroeknews Sunday, March 15, 2020 6:07:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton told : “If the practice becomes continuous, then we may need to take action otherwise. These people run taxis and they need licences. If they are actively refusing to carry out essential services to our workers, at an important period of time when we need the public health system to be responding, then those who are involved could lose licences if the practice becomes sufficiently widespread,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, March 15, 2020 9:08:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : "We expect that in the coming weeks, we would have had a number of those wards up and running and the alternative arrangements made for persons, who would need to vacate those facilities," External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, March 15, 2020 2:17:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton explained : “In the meantime, we would assess to determine the extent of the spread of the virus, and apply appropriate levels of treatment to the individuals,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, March 14, 2020 4:38:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton told : “I want to... discourage those who are so tempted and motivated, [to steal], and I further want to say that if we identify any individual using this opportunity to steal the public property and then... sell it for profit, on both counts it is immoral, it is illegal, and we will use the law to penalise those persons,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, March 14, 2020 4:38:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “I am a believer in the free market but when you have extraordinary circumstances like these, you have to now regulate in the national interest. So I want to say [for] all to recognise and hear, if we determine as a Government that there are persons out there who have decided to exploit the health threat of the population by price gouging or hoarding, the laws can be triggered to give protection for the greater good of society,” “And I want to say further that the Government will do it, because, frankly speaking, it is tantamount to exploiting the risk and the challenges of a society by engaging in this” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, March 14, 2020 4:38:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Part of the plan was containment, which means that once you have an imported case, you try and contain that case as much as possible to minimise the potential for community spread. That effort is very challenging because once you have persons coming in with the virus, they interact with a few persons, and if any of those persons eventually get the virus, you have to trace the people that those persons interacted with,” “We anticipate that community spread is inevitable, given the number of imported cases, and we’ve developed a programme to deal with that” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, March 14, 2020 9:26:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton added : “everybody has to play a part and make some sacrifices,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, March 14, 2020 9:26:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton added : “I have had reports that there is a lot of misplacement of our own supplies. It speaks to our own internal arrangements, and I’ve met and spoken with the management and administrators of our public health infrastructure to tighten up that management so that we can avoid the stealing of our supplies that taxpayers pay for to be used for taxpayers’ interest,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, March 14, 2020 9:26:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “There are other important variables that link both countries, so the United States, for example, the reality is that we depend on different types of relationships with that jurisdiction, trade relations, for example. A lot of imports, whether it’s materials, medicine, food, or otherwise. Those have to be placed in the consideration as part of the risk assessment, and then, ultimately, a decision is made,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, March 12, 2020 9:09:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “She arrived on the island on March 4, presented to the public health system on March 9 and has been in isolation since then,” External link

thenassauguardian Wednesday, March 11, 2020 4:03:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton disclosed : “I had a conversation with the police commissioner and we are in dialogue around what needs to be done additionally to ensure that this doesn’t happen again,” External link

stabroeknews Wednesday, March 11, 2020 3:51:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton told : “Now that you have the virus in over 100 countries, as it spreads, and whether or not the WHO declares a further upgrade of the threat to a global pandemic, the idea of restrictions could be not as important — and indeed may be counterproductive, given the relationships with some of these countries and the extent to which other things have to happen even while we try to control the virus,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, March 11, 2020 11:20:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton disclosed : “I had a conversation with the police commissioner and we are in dialogue around what needs to be done additionally to ensure that this doesn't happen again,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, March 11, 2020 11:20:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “These measures include the dispatch of a health team to the home of the patient for assessment and initiation of public-health measures and the identification and contact tracing for all possible exposed persons,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, March 11, 2020 9:37:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “We have designated four ­quarantine facilities and others will be identified. We are finalising the retrofitting of isolation facilities in each of the island’s public hospitals,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, March 11, 2020 9:37:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Proceedings will be levied against the person. He will be charged because we have to discourage this kind of activity,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, March 11, 2020 9:37:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said ( about Penn Relays ) : “I have confirmed that in terms of the Penn Relays, the Ministry of Education, through Cabinet instructions, has advised schools about not participating in the Penn Relays this year,” External link

stabroeknews Wednesday, March 11, 2020 9:18:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton told : “I don’t want persons to be intimidated or abused in any way shape or form because they are unfortunate to have had the virus, not to mention other persons who are not affected but are from a similar home or family environment,” External link

cnc3 Wednesday, March 11, 2020 8:03:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said ( about Penn Relays ) : “I have confirmed that in terms of the Penn Relays, the Ministry of Education, through Cabinet instructions, has advised schools about not participating in the Penn Relays this year,” External link

guyanachronicle Wednesday, March 11, 2020 5:23:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said ( about The UK ) : “The person is Jamaican but has UK citizenship,” External link

trinidadexpress Wednesday, March 11, 2020 4:53:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton told : “I don’t want persons to be intimidated or abused in any way, shape of form because they are unfortunate to have had the virus, not to mention other persons who are not affected but are from a similar home or family environment,” External link

trinidadexpress Wednesday, March 11, 2020 4:53:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton added : “Even so, under the legal framework, you can’t shut Jamaica out from Jamaicans who are all over the world and want to come back home; what you do is quarantine them. So the reality is as the virus spreads, it increases the possibilities and the exposure, which is why we said in the early stages of public education and information that a key part of the strategy was to delay to allow us time to plan for eventuality or the possibility of it coming,” External link

trinidadexpress Wednesday, March 11, 2020 4:53:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : "We knew long ago that this day would come," External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, March 10, 2020 10:30:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “These are persons who will become ill although most will have mild symptoms,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, March 9, 2020 9:33:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “I wish to emphasise that the success of our efforts is contingent on the support of all Jamaicans, including the deliberate effort to access and share accurate information on the virus, thus helping to minimise the anxiety that has been associated with the spread of COVID-19,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, March 9, 2020 9:33:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton informed : “Today, we are reviewing the numbers for the day, because it is an ongoing daily occurrence. There is now one person is isolation as of yesterday,” External link

jis Saturday, March 7, 2020 12:04:00 AM 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%
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Christopher Tufton

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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 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 : “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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 [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 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 [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 told : “If you cast your mind back to when we had the first media disaster risk management committee meeting, the modelling that was presented suggested that more than 1.5 million Jamaicans would get COVID,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, September 1, 2020 9:37:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The more contact tracing is done, the more it puts a strain on the limited staff we have,” “It is happening, but isn’t always projected in the public domain until you have a community that has to be quarantined” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, September 1, 2020 9:37:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “It is not an option because you cannot take experimentation and give to persons when there is no validation of these things,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, August 30, 2020 10:32:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “You want to try and manage it by involving people and to minimise any behaviour that could overwhelm the system, which is why we stress personal responsibility,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, August 30, 2020 10:32:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “We have to respect the rights of all countries to do what is in the best interest of their population. So one has to accept if in their judgement that is their most reasoned position or position that they’ve justified,” External link

stabroeknews Saturday, August 29, 2020 11:44:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said ( about The UK ) : “With that kind of lifting of restriction, whether for tourists, nationals or non-nationals, comes risks, and the numbers we’re seeing today are a direct reflection of increased risks associated with balancing lives and livelihood by allowing more people to come and go,” “The risks associated with that is that other jurisdictions may look on and feel less confident that positive cases coming out of Jamaica are likely to reach their shores. It’s a catch-22 [situation]. You’re either going to shut down and then have none and then minimise that risk, or you’re going to gradually open up and increase the possibility of that risk,” External link

stabroeknews Saturday, August 29, 2020 11:44:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “National Supply Foundation’s adoption brings to 30 the number of facilities adopted to date, raising some J$90 million in the process,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, August 29, 2020 11:15:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton added : “We are pleased with the expressions of interest by persons in the diaspora and local companies in the Adopt-A-Clinic programme,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, August 29, 2020 11:15:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “We are well advanced with the employment and deployment of 121 medical officers who do not have posts in the public health system. We have got the go-ahead to engage these persons, and I’m told that we will have contracts, effective September 1, to engage these 121 medical officers,” “In addition to that, we have 750 community health aides that are deployed. We’re moving to the 1,000 mark, so recruitment is still on. Again, that will be a big addition for the cadre of workers in the field and will help us with the intelligence gathering and the information flow and contact tracing,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, August 29, 2020 11:15:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton declared : “I am not aware, I don’t have specifics of any individual coming in and breaching the orders for quarantine, but what I will say is that we do not discriminate depending on the person,” External link

nationnews Saturday, August 29, 2020 5:56:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “We are well advanced with the employment and deployment of 121 medical officers… who do not have posts in the public health system. We have got the go-ahead to engage these persons, and I’m told that we will have contracts effective September 1 to engage these 121 medical officers,” “In addition to that, we have 750 community health aides that are deployed. We’re moving to the 1,000 mark, so recruitment is still on. Again, that will be a big addition for the cadre of workers in the field and will help us with the intelligence gathering and the information flow, and contact tracing,” External link

jis Friday, August 28, 2020 10:07:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “We have to respect the rights of all countries to do what is in the best interest of their population. So one has to accept if in their judgement that is their most reasoned position or position that they've justified,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, August 28, 2020 11:16:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said ( about The UK ) : “With that kind of lifting of restriction, whether for tourists, nationals or non-nationals, comes risks, and the numbers we're seeing today are a direct reflection of increased risks associated with balancing lives and livelihood by allowing more people to come and go,” “The risks associated with that is that other jurisdictions may look on and feel less confident that positive cases coming out of Jamaica are likely to reach their shores. It's a catch-22 [situation]. You're either going to shut down and then have none and then minimise that risk, or you're going to gradually open up and increase the possibility of that risk,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, August 28, 2020 11:16:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : "Once we started to remove those restrictions, there is a sense that persons started to become complacent. In other words, people were happy for the easing of the restrictions but were not sufficiently sensitive to the need to comply with the protocols that would go with those restrictions being lifted," External link

jamaica-star Thursday, August 27, 2020 11:45:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton told : “It [statistics] does show an increase in the number of beds being occupied, but it is certainly a far way from any assumption or perception that the COVID beds have been exhausted. We still have sufficient capacity,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, August 27, 2020 9:01:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “I am not aware, I don’t have specifics of any individual coming in and breaching the orders for quarantine, but what I will say is that we do not discriminate depending on the person. The rules apply to everyone,” External link

antiguaobserver Wednesday, August 26, 2020 11:53:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton told ( about Usain Bolt ) : ''It is now public knowledge that Mr. Bolt has tested positive. He has been formally notified, I'm told by the authorities,'' External link

koreatimes Wednesday, August 26, 2020 3:54:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton told ( about Usain Bolt ) : “It is now public knowledge that Mr. Bolt has tested positive. He has been formally notified, I’m told by the authorities,” External link

thegrio Tuesday, August 25, 2020 11:59:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton told ( about Usain Bolt ) : "It is now public knowledge that Mr. Bolt has tested positive. He has been formally notified, I'm told by the authorities," External link

news18 Tuesday, August 25, 2020 10:51:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton declared : “I am not aware, I don’t have specifics of any individual coming in and breaching the orders for quarantine, but what I will say is that we do not discriminate depending on the person,” External link

caycompass Tuesday, August 25, 2020 10:51:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton told ( about Usain Bolt ) : "It is now public knowledge that Mr Bolt has tested positive," External link

bordermail Tuesday, August 25, 2020 9:17:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton told : “It is now public knowledge that Mr. Bolt has tested positive. He has been formally notified, I’m told by the authorities,” External link

Hindu Tuesday, August 25, 2020 8:05:00 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

Christopher Tufton said : “He has indicated, based on what is happening with the COVID numbers and also the risks associated with campaigning, that, as of today, he is suspending his own campaign activities, meaning the traditional approach to campaigning. And, he certainly will be asking the country, generally, and his own political organisation, to abide by that approach,” “What that would mean is that persons would be engaged in the administrative component of preparing for an election day activity, but the typical approach to campaigning, to meetings and motorcades, and so on, he will not be engaged in those traditional activities,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, August 25, 2020 1:02:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton declared : “I am not aware, I don’t have specifics of any individual coming in and breaching the orders for quarantine, but what I will say is that we do not discriminate depending on the person,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, August 25, 2020 10:19:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said ( about Kingston Public ) : "I just want to reach out with a sense of encouragement and appreciation and understanding to the administrative and medical staff of the Kingston Public Hospital, because it is a trying and challenging time for them and the ministry will give all the support that is necessary to help them overcome this process," External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, August 24, 2020 8:49:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : "What that would mean is that persons would be engaged in the administrative component of preparing for an election day activity, but the traditional approach to meetings and motorcades and so on, the prime minister has indicated that he will, as of today, not be engaging in those activities and that, of course, I believe will send a strong message hopefully to the rest of the country- both to the supporters of the political party that he heads, but also to others" External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, August 24, 2020 8:49:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “In a sense it was reward for good behaviour,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, August 24, 2020 7:43:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “If they were to abandon the protocols around which persons with highly contagious diseases are housed, then clearly, in cases where they are very ill, it would be a risk to them, and in cases where they are asymptomatic, it would be a greater risk to others,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, August 23, 2020 9:36:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Most of the cases picked up are cases that are linked to some form of investigation. So we are gathering the information and intervening, as appropriate, but that does not mean that the strategies may not have to be adjusted in terms of pulling back on the easing of some of the restrictions. It ultimately is the call of the Cabinet, and the Cabinet and the prime minister have never been afraid to make that call where that call is necessary,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, August 21, 2020 8:25:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : "The Prime Minister is on record, as am I, of saying that if there are surges or spikes, as the case may be, that requires further assessment and response, then those discussions and response will be taken in the public interest," External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, August 21, 2020 6:32:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The public-health position is very clear. Persons who are positive, and we have 200 plus such cases currently, should not be allowed to pose a risk to others on election day or any other time,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, August 18, 2020 10:09:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “We are committed to pursuing anyone, any individual who breaches the orders that are out there,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, August 18, 2020 10:09:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton told : “We have seen a number of additional cases popping up, not just from tourists, but largely, too, from locals ... . We are seeing signs that are worrying, and if we don’t obey or observe these protocols, the worst is yet to come,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, August 17, 2020 10:49:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton told : “I don’t know about the pass-through traffic, ‘cause normally, you wouldn’t want to stop the pass-through traffic, but if you’re going off the main road into the community, you would be checked at the checkpoint,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, August 17, 2020 10:49:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton stated ( about Political Ombudsman ) : “There was general agreement around the elements of the protocol. I don't want to get into the specifics of it except to say, in general terms, there was agreement. The final document really ought to come from the Office of the Political Ombudsman,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, August 15, 2020 2:04:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “We have work to do. All of Jamaica needs to understand the risks associated with COVID,” “The Government and its partners have done a lot, but the response must continue” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, August 15, 2020 9:37:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “My insistence is that we… renew our commitment to the cause of controlling the dengue virus by demonstrating the importance of our respective roles at the parish level, at the community level, the ministry level, and the regional level and that we remind ourselves across the country that ‘dengue still a keep’,” “The Jamaican people need to also know that dengue is still a priority for the Ministry of Health and Wellness and is still a priority for us as a country and we should heed the best practices,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, August 14, 2020 6:48:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton told ( about Jamaica Labour ) : “From day one, we took it very seriously, even before the first case came to Jamaica,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, August 13, 2020 9:08:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton stated : “The truth is, even though we have done relatively well when compared to other jurisdictions, COVID is very much present and still represents a danger to the population. I would want us to be encouraged by the general confidence that the populace has in the process but at the same time, remain vigilant,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, August 13, 2020 9:08:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “We are going to enforce the law more rigidly, and if it means arresting people, charging them … . We’re going to have to do it,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, August 8, 2020 10:20:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton pointed out : “It only takes one infected person to create the challenges that we face at the community level. In the case of St. Thomas, it was an individual who originated from St. Catherine, had symptoms and went into the parish to visit friends and families. That person went to church, based on the contact-tracing information, was prayed for by the congregation, based on the particular illness, and that led to a case of members of the congregation, friends and relatives who were visited being infected by the virus,” External link

jis Saturday, August 8, 2020 5:52:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The truth is that the reports that I get on a relatively frequent basis is that it should take an hour or so to move a passenger through all the processing that is required at our airports. So the extent to which persons might have been there for five hours, I will check on that. That certainly is not the normal situation,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, August 7, 2020 9:44:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “I suspect it will be done quickly because they are really working on it. We have supplies now to work on that,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, August 6, 2020 3:02:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “A total of 23,000 people are on stay-at-home orders, meaning that they have to stay at home for the 14-day period, but the truth is that not many of them are observing the protocol,” “We have concerns about some of the new numbers that are coming in,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, August 5, 2020 8:35:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton told : “They were symptomatic and had issues prior to, and subsequent to, the testing that was done, which is normal when you come in displaying symptoms that they were tested and the test results showed that they were positive,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, August 4, 2020 10:47:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Where shortage exists other options will have to be explored, such as training persons on infection control, and the MOHW will assist in this regard,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, August 2, 2020 8:40:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “This press briefing is called COVID Conversations. It has been the case since we started having it. I am going to respectfully ask that we confine our discussions to COVID and the very important issue that is of so much concern to Jamaicans,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, July 31, 2020 11:08:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The coronavirus is going to be around for a very long time,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, July 29, 2020 10:11:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton argued : “The truth is that we are at a stage now where as more persons come into the country, especially from places like North America where COVID-19 is quite high, as they move around, the virus could be there and we don't know about it. And I am prepared to say that there are likely to be cases that we have not identified, which is why it is so important for us to get that message and to get people to understand the importance of the homestay or home quarantine [and] abiding by it,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, July 29, 2020 8:43:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton argued : “A lot of the cases that we are seeing now are nationals who are coming in, who go back to their homes and [in] many cases, don't practise the protocol and they, in turn, have it and they spread it to others. So, the truth is that there are no guarantees, which is why individual responsibility is so important,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, July 29, 2020 8:43:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton stated : “Persons can be detained, as you know, and charged [but] we don't want to go there if we don't have to,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, July 29, 2020 8:43:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton stated : “We felt that we needed to come in because the information on the ground is that the persons who were so affected were going through the community. They were going to functions, interacting with people, and so the risk assessment required an intervention that would come into the community [and] do surveillance, interact with a number of homes, citizens, do some samplings, do some temperature checks, [and] gather information, and then make a determination to see to what extent, if any, there has been any spread in the community,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, July 29, 2020 8:43:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “We interrogate that person’s movement, where they go, where they have stayed, who they have interacted with, and then follow up on those contacts and expand the net as wide as possible,” External link

TheFrontierPost-en Saturday, July 25, 2020 8:43:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “From the public-health standpoint, with every decision there is a risk, and we have to mitigate against the risk. It has to be recognised that we have seen an increase in cases over that period because we have relaxed some of the restrictions, but the truth is, it was expected,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, July 20, 2020 10:59:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The last five or six months have been very challenging for public health. We are recruiting additional staff at the level of the community-health aides,” “It will enhance the community response, generally. That will definitely take off some the stress” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, July 20, 2020 10:59:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton responded : “Yes, I have a great relationship with Market Me. I think they are an amazing company. They have delivered very effectively during my tenure as minister, and I have no difficulty in saying they work hard, and I enjoyed working with them,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, July 19, 2020 10:42:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton responded : “Yes, I have a great relationship with Market Me. I think they are an amazing company. They have delivered very effectively during my tenure as minister, and I have no difficulty in saying they work hard, and I enjoyed working with them,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, July 19, 2020 5:12:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton responded : “Yes, I have a great relationship with Market Me. I think they are an amazing company. They have delivered very effectively during my tenure as minister, and I have no difficulty in saying they work hard, and I enjoyed working with them,” External link

stabroeknews Friday, July 17, 2020 11:56:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton responded : “Yes, I have a great relationship with Market Me. I think they are an amazing company. They have delivered very effectively during my tenure as minister, and I have no difficulty in saying they work hard, and I enjoyed working with them,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, July 17, 2020 10:14:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The practicality of the airport issue and the space issue will be solved based on the readjustment, which has started, and then with more supplies and the machines, we can test more people,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, July 17, 2020 10:14:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “I realise that part of the motivation for these attacks have to do with my public office, but I will not be deterred in doing my job to the best of my ability and in service of my country,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, July 17, 2020 8:22:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton told : “I am taking advice on the matter and will speak in due course,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, July 15, 2020 10:47:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton told : “None of the regions have been given any instructions to reduce the numbers. What seems to be a challenge is that the demands on these posts seem to have increased, in terms of numbers of medical officers who are now wanting to be retained. There have been a number of interviews done to fill the posts that are available, and some of those interviews have not yet fully been completed. So, there still will be some additional persons taken on [but] there would still be a gap between the numbers that are taken on and the numbers that have applied for these positions,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, July 14, 2020 12:27:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “This is anecdotal but we are suspecting COVID-19 has made some persons adjust their desires to travel. I think there may be some delays in the overseas exams, too. These are the exams you have to do to work in America or in the UK...So what we're faced with is a situation where there have been some changes in the dynamics which have led to less persons being engaged,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, July 14, 2020 12:27:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “This is not a result of budgetary constraints. The same established posts are able to be filled and are being filled, but there is a definite increased demand on the system...I have asked for an assessment to be done to determine whether or not we can fill any glaring gaps that may exist, but that has to be reconciled with the budgetary support to support that. That is, however, a very different thing than saying we have reduced our positions,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, July 14, 2020 12:27:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “They have an establishment, for example, to hire 10 of a particular doctor and they hire 20. In terms of the rest of the public health system, the information I have is that they have interviewed persons but that doesn’t mean that everybody interviewed is going to get a job, and that has been part of the challenge,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, July 14, 2020 10:30:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “It is necessary that persons continue to maintain the vigilance in the practice of the measures to reduce the mosquito population, including searching their surroundings weekly for breeding sites and destroying them, covering water-storage containers, and punching holes in cans and bottles before discarding them” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, July 13, 2020 10:12:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “It is necessary that persons continue to maintain the vigilance in the practice of the measures to reduce the mosquito population, including searching their surroundings weekly for breeding sites and destroying them, covering water-storage containers, and punching holes in cans and bottles before discarding them,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, July 11, 2020 4:08:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The prime minster has always said the Government will pull back on some of these relaxation measures if we do not act in a responsible way and if there are any signs of an outbreak as a result of our behaviour,” External link

stabroeknews Friday, July 10, 2020 5:25:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The prime minster has always said the Government will pull back on some of these relaxation measures if we do not act in a responsible way and if there are any signs of an outbreak as a result of our behaviour,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, July 10, 2020 10:21:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “These units will, no doubt, help to improve the management of high-risk pregnancies and reduce the incidence of neonatal deaths due to inadequate access to high-dependency care,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, July 10, 2020 10:21:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The Enhanced Health Care Services Delivery project was the result, and I am pleased to report that since the launch of the project in September 2019, approximately 9,000 Jamaicans have received services at a cost of some $368 million. These include CT scans, MRIs, ultrasounds, and angiograms, among other diagnostic services,” “We have heard the cry of the Jamaican people in not accessing diagnostic services enough in the public health system, and not being able to afford it in the private system. The Government has responded,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, July 10, 2020 8:59:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton stated : “Given this fact, Jamaica Moves is now in more than 200 schools, reaching at least 72,000 students; and with collaboration taking place with teacher-training institutions, as well as with student leaders, to bring about the change we want to see among our young people who we wish to transform into change agents for a healthier Jamaica,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, July 10, 2020 8:59:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “We have also leveraged a joined up government approach to the pandemic, while mobilising the support of the people of Jamaica to help to protect us all from the COVID-19 risk, including the provision of some $775 million in financial support to our health authorities to help meet the needs associated with the response efforts,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, July 9, 2020 8:45:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Other costs include the retrofitting of facilities to quarantine and/or isolate and care for persons who are suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, July 9, 2020 8:45:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “We have also leveraged a joined-up government approach to the pandemic, while mobilising the support of the people of Jamaica to help to protect us all from the COVID-19 risk, including the provision of some $775 million in financial support to our health authorities to help meet the needs associated with the response efforts,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, July 8, 2020 9:01:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Other costs include the retrofitting of facilities to quarantine and/or isolate and care for persons who are suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, July 8, 2020 9:01:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton told : “I am comfortable that we have been getting value for money, as evidenced by the slowing of the disease, which has resulted in a less-than-expected number of cases and hospitalisations,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, July 8, 2020 11:03:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “When compared to other jurisdictions, I believe we can safely say that the health system in Jamaica is working to protect the citizens of this country,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, July 8, 2020 11:03:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “I am very proud of Lesa and her parents who have encouraged her,” “I have discussed with her parents additional support to ensure they continue to stand behind her as she goes on to high school” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, July 7, 2020 8:20:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “It is a very fluid situation, but at this point, it was felt that we would begin with this approach. One of the positives I think of the approach of the Government is we have very short spurts of redirecting the policy position - two-week spurts,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, July 3, 2020 11:31:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton stated : “The concerns of the residents are sufficiently significant to the expansion plan for the facilities. In their exploration, a look should be taken at some of the decisions taken by NEPA and, of course, my own ministry before I was a part of it,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, July 1, 2020 10:59:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The numbers are growing, and we just don’t have the physical capacity to deal with the increase. The people (medical personnel) are burnt out and stretched while the equipment goes on down time,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, June 29, 2020 10:10:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “As you know, this is a densely populated community, and part of the challenge with communities that have these characteristics ... is that people move around and interact with each other more and by extension (there could be) community spread,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, June 26, 2020 10:10:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “I will have to engage an independent technical expert to assess the technical study. It is alarming that NEPA does not have a monitoring system for the assessment of the water,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, June 26, 2020 10:10:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “There is a high burden on the operators of the facility to ensure that all the criteria are met, and right now there is a lack of confidence in the technical study and the implementation of the operation seem to be in breach of the permit,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, June 26, 2020 10:10:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “It's about the 17,000 or more committed workers who have really demonstrated what we already know – that they are committed to their work and the health and wellness of Jamaica,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, June 26, 2020 8:27:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The beneficiaries – the people who use the infrastructure; our mothers and potential mothers – need to recognise the importance of following the procedures, the protocols, the appropriate approach both in their lifestyle, as well as in terms of accessing the facilities that we have at an institution like this,” External link

jis Thursday, June 25, 2020 5:52:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The idea of masking up is very important in terms of the spike, and too many Jamaicans are ignoring the message. Now, one of the things we have to determine is if they are ignoring the message because they can’t afford a mask or, perhaps worse, they don’t understand the importance of wearing a mask in these times. I think an opportunity like this, where we receive some masks courtesy of Singer, will give us a chance to donate more masks, but also to promote the message of masks wearing,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, June 24, 2020 10:55:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton told : “It’s been a bad situation for some time now [and] risking the health of citizens in the housing development. The problems stem from the faulty design and/or construction, which has led to consistent downtime of the sewerage system from the houses were handed over,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, June 22, 2020 11:21:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton told : “I think it is important for Jamaicans to appreciate that they are paying for these tests, ultimately. Part of the economic challenge that we face as a country right now…is that resources which would have gone to roads and schools and other things have to be rechanneled for the public health response,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, June 20, 2020 10:33:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Subsequent tests of the family members revealed that there are three positive cases in that home, which would have been transmitted from the person who came in,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, June 19, 2020 11:20:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton noted : “This is a real live case of someone contaminating the rest of their household, and the challenge with this is that one member who has been infected is the mother of the person who came in, who is an older person. That could mean a higher risk profile and the consequences, but we hope not, could be dire,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, June 19, 2020 11:20:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Subsequent tests of the family members revealed that there are three positive cases in that home, which would have been transmitted from the person who came in,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, June 19, 2020 9:58:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton added : “I know that [people] who have a family member who comes in... you are going to be excited to see that person… but when we say you need to quarantine yourself — stay by yourself in a room, in a space — and minimise the risk of contact until you get the test result; it is a very important directive,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, June 19, 2020 9:58:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton added ( about error ) : “Frankly speaking, I expect that there is going to be a margin of error there in terms of whether or not... everyone complies,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, June 19, 2020 9:58:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Because there are going to be persons who feel... either because they think they are invincible, or they are just idiots, or they don't care, or they may think they have something that just needs to be done, they are going to breach the orders,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, June 19, 2020 9:58:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton added : “As of now, we have not charged anyone, the Government has taken on the responsibility. Personally, I don't foresee that that will happen, but then, I don't want to second-guess a process that we have established; it has worked well so far,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, June 17, 2020 1:17:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton told : “The Government has never shunned away from taking decisions that involve cost when it comes to managing this process. That's one thing I can say. I have never gone to the Cabinet, to the prime minister to ask for resources, as it relates to the COVID-19 challenge and risk, and been turned away… The cost is more in the time and the effort, but I think we have a dedicated set of citizens, persons in public health and all the other agencies, and we are all committed to the cause,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, June 17, 2020 1:17:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said ( about Daryl Vaz ) : “So I am as pleased as he (Vaz) is today to be identified with the groundbreaking of what will be one of the most modern public health facilities in the parish of Portland,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, June 17, 2020 10:34:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton told : “The Government will continue to absorb the costs, for now anyway. We haven't taken any decision of paying for it, except the Government,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, June 13, 2020 2:28:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Part of it is we seem to have become victims of our own successes. We have done fairly well in terms of controlling the virus, and some persons have interpreted it to mean that the virus is no longer a threat,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, June 12, 2020 10:45:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “At the current volume of samples received and scheduling of staff, results are returned in about 24 to 36 hours. However, and it's important to note, this period may be lengthened on occasions for a variety of reasons, including a delay in the transportation of samples; samples held as more processing is required or retesting is required as aliquot from the sample was compromised or for which an invalid report was generated based on machine issues,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, June 12, 2020 9:28:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “This period may be lengthened on occasion for a number of reasons, including a delay in the transportation of samples, samples held as more processing is required, or retesting is required because samples may be compromised or an invalid report was generated by the machine… this process, even though efficient, does have downtime, and contributes to delays… it's not something that we are happy about; we don't want to inconvenience persons who are waiting for results, and we regret where persons have to wait, but it's not a precise science because of the mechanical and the limited staff that we have,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, June 12, 2020 8:21:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “One of the things we want to encourage Jamaicans in, is the proper wearing of the mask and the care. So this idea of wearing the mask on your chin and on your forehead, it’s important that persons realise that you take the mask off using this [side ties or ear loops], you don’t touch the [face of the] mask, you don’t handle it… because, frankly speaking, a mask can be a double-edged sword. If you don’t use it properly, it could also be a problem for you,” External link

stabroeknews Tuesday, June 2, 2020 9:51:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “One of the things we want to encourage Jamaicans in, is the proper wearing of the mask and the care. So this idea of wearing the mask on your chin and on your forehead, it's important that persons realise that you take the mask off using this [side ties or ear loops], you don't touch the [face of the] mask, you don't handle it... because, frankly speaking, a mask can be a double-edged sword. If you don't use it properly, it could also be a problem for you,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, June 2, 2020 9:32:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : "That is something we have to guard against," "We have to keep encouraging persons to keep wearing masks because as we open up and remove restrictions and go back to work and play, the risk of the virus is still very real. We cannot get complacent and we cannot relax the messaging and we have to enforce as much," External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, June 2, 2020 1:25:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : "I would find it very difficult to deal with if that were to happen to Jamaica. As Minister of Health and Wellness it is my duty to promote to people that the virus can be avoided and risks can be mitigated," External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, June 2, 2020 1:25:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton added : “We recognise in public health that the economy clearly has to position itself to restore normal activity, particularly in the context of the impact of restrictions on jobs and economic activity generally,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, May 31, 2020 5:19:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “So really, what we would want as we move to this greater phase of relaxation is firstly that people recognise that this is a risk-based approach. With every action there are associated risks, and those risks must be accounted for and factored in as we prepare to move back to normality, and normality has to be interpreted in a way that is going to account for adjustments, changes, people taking personal responsibility, and recognising that they have a role to play, and at the same time preparing the health system to deal with the likely consequences of those risks manifesting themselves in new cases,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, May 31, 2020 5:19:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton told : “Nine deaths out of the number of cases represent about 1.6 per cent. The global average is probably three/four times higher than that. So we've done well under the circumstances, largely because of our primary care the contact tracing, the isolation, the quarantining, and so on. And those systems will have to be in place at an even stronger level to respond to any outbreak, if that outbreak were to occur, whether in an institution, in a community, or in a particular population, or household or otherwise,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, May 31, 2020 5:19:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “So we should not ignore some of the initial protocols that are in place, such as the wearing of masks in public spaces, proper hygiene and sanitisation. We cannot afford to be complacent, because the experience is that there have been jurisdictions where, having controlled the spread, those countries have seen surges after they've opened up, and Jamaica will always have that risk, it's just how we manage that risk,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, May 31, 2020 5:19:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “We have so far tested six of 14 infirmaries islandwide. We are expecting to get the results of the sample within the next couple of days,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, May 27, 2020 9:34:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : "The individual is currently asymptomatic and has been put in isolation in a Government facility," External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, May 27, 2020 8:22:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The holiday weekend [curfew] — in the eyes of the public health team, of course in deliberations, too, with the Cabinet which ultimately makes the decision — does provide an opportunity for a greater spread of the virus,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, May 23, 2020 1:54:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton added : "That is the consideration…you won't lose anything if you abandon one approach for another or if you abandon it altogether," External link

jamaica-star Friday, May 22, 2020 10:51:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : "We are seeing evidence of that with the controlled re-entry where we are seeing a number of persons testing positive," External link

jamaica-star Friday, May 22, 2020 10:51:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton added : "That is the consideration…you won't lose anything if you abandon one approach for another or if you abandon it altogether," External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, May 22, 2020 6:33:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : "We are seeing evidence of that with the controlled re-entry where we are seeing a number of persons testing positive," External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, May 22, 2020 6:33:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton pointed out : “At the end of that process, they will be tested again, and subject to a negative test, then they will be allowed to reintegrate in a normal way,” “So, the process has gone well. We had an opportunity to speak with the Captain and the other leadership of the vessel and all reports from those persons indicate that things went extremely smoothly and they are very grateful to the Government. The Jamaicans that are on the vessel seem to be also quite pleased with what is happening [and] are patiently waiting to allow the time and the procedure to take its course,” External link

jis Friday, May 22, 2020 5:58:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton stated : “There were arrangements being put in place regarding Medevac. However, there was a suspension of that request by the vessel and a request for a hold until the vessel was docked in port,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, May 22, 2020 9:26:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton added : “That is the consideration… You won't lose anything if you abandon one approach for another or if you abandon it altogether,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, May 22, 2020 9:06:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “We are seeing evidence of that with the controlled re-entry, where we are seeing a number of persons testing positive,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, May 22, 2020 9:06:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “From all reports, things went smoothly,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, May 22, 2020 9:06:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “There were many waves and shouts of gratefulness, gratitude, relief maybe, from them on their balconies, and they are very content with the process as it has been announced; and even though they are not in the first batch to be dispatched, they are patiently waiting and seem happy to allow the time and the procedure to take its course,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, May 22, 2020 9:06:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton added : “That is the consideration… . You won’t lose anything if you abandon one approach for another or if you abandon it altogether,” External link

jis Friday, May 22, 2020 1:33:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “We are seeing evidence of that with the controlled re-entry, where we are seeing a number of persons testing positive,” External link

jis Friday, May 22, 2020 1:33:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Once the request came in, the request was dealt with. I was never advised that there was any request and the request was denied,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, May 21, 2020 9:46:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The patient-confidentiality issues do not allow that to take place, and the person would have to speak on their own behalf as it relates to their status of their condition or give written permission for that to happen,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, May 21, 2020 9:46:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Once the request came in, the request was dealt with. I was never advised that there was any request and the request was denied,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, May 21, 2020 9:46:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The patient-confidentiality issues do not allow that to take place, and the person would have to speak on their own behalf as it relates to their status of their condition or give written permission for that to happen,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, May 21, 2020 9:46:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton told : “In implementing these plans, the ministry has already received approval from the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service for the employment of an approximate additional 1,300 community health aids,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, May 20, 2020 10:31:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton explained : “In our 'new normal', active field surveillance using methods such as contact tracing, community education and health information, and the monitoring of persons in quarantine and in isolation will be important components of the public health response. The addition of these officers, therefore, will enable the Government to continue our efforts in early detection and strengthen our capacity to contain and manage any infections once they are identified,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, May 20, 2020 10:31:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “At the same time however, as this experience with COVID-19 has shown us and the world, economics without a healthy population is unsustainable. As such, the new normal must recognise that everyone counts – not just as individuals, societies or countries but as an integrated whole that supports the health and well-being of all,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, May 20, 2020 10:31:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “I am told that there is no discernible difference in terms of deaths. I don’t have the specific numbers for the first three months of this year versus the first three months of last year” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, May 20, 2020 8:58:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “I think with all that is happening now, it reinforced the need for us to improve on that,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, May 20, 2020 8:58:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “I think with all that is happening now, it reinforced the need for us to improve on that,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, May 20, 2020 8:58:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Member, you seem to have more information than I; I will do some checks on that, but I am checking my CMO (chief medical officer) here and she is not aware of those details. I know there are discussions taking place around the possibility of seamen [Jamaican workers on ships] being repatriated. We are in the process of trying to work out logistics around these arrangements, but I can't say that I have been given any specific date and so your level of detail makes you a lot more aware on the specifics of that particular approach,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, May 18, 2020 12:22:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The Government is ensuring that all support can be provided once agreement has been reached on the terms and date of arrival in accordance with the appropriate international laws and the laws of Jamaica,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, May 18, 2020 9:35:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : "I knew nothing of it except tonight I am learning... we will have to seek further information," External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, May 17, 2020 1:25:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton warned : "In terms of quarantining and assessment, we would have to spend some time to plan the logistics of that, but right now it would be very difficult," External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, May 17, 2020 1:25:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : "We would have to do our own assessment in protection of the general population," External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, May 17, 2020 1:25:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “We’re working on the protocols,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, May 15, 2020 8:56:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Public health has had to be supported by other agencies because we’ve reached a level that has really stretched the limit of public health,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, May 15, 2020 8:56:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton added : “It can't be that we wait until we have no cases for a prolonged period of time, because as we speak that could be remote based on the spread of the disease and the history of the disease around the world,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, May 14, 2020 8:50:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Yes, there are risks with opening up and allowing persons to congregate. Yes, there are risks with persons who may go to bars, or churches, for that matter. The protocols accompanying those decisions are intended to mitigate against those risks,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, May 14, 2020 8:50:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton declared : “What is very important, however, is for us to recognise that at some point we are going to have to gradually move to a place where persons can lead normal lives even with COVID present in the population,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, May 14, 2020 8:50:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton told : “It's a matter that has been discussed at the Cabinet level… there have been some adjustments made. I have dispatched a team there [National Stadium] to work with them to help to manage the social distancing issues and mitigate against the potential risk. Elsewhere in the country, the health authorities have been asked to communicate with the particular private entity to coordinate and to assist with some of that crowd management. It is a concern and the interventions have been made,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, May 13, 2020 9:21:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Nurses in Jamaica account for the majority of technical human resource in the public health sector. They are front-line health-care providers with the requisite training and skills to appropriately identify, treat and refer patients throughout the health-care continuum,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, May 13, 2020 9:21:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The reality is that some persons will require hospitalisation, and therefore the donation of these beds will make their stay even more comfortable as we continue to prepare our hospitals to respond to the needs that will arise for persons who are severely ill,” “We continue to say that partnership is a key part of public health, and again the people of Jamaica are better off for the support of Unicomer Jamaica Limited as we work towards our goal of achieving the best health outcome for all Jamaicans,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, May 11, 2020 12:27:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “We are putting in a new plan for dealing with COVID-19, over the next 12 months, which is going to see us recruiting additional personnel to expand capacity so that we can focus on COVID, while we can do the other things that we are expected to do,” External link

jis Monday, May 11, 2020 8:07:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “We couldn't survive without them. I don't care what anybody wants to say... the Cubans have been a very good addition to the work on the ground,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, May 10, 2020 8:38:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton noted : “We have had discussions around using the mobile units to do testing for caregivers. Since the last meeting [of the committee] I know we have had discussions around testing caregivers and that was to be put in train or has been put in train,” External link

jis Saturday, May 9, 2020 10:53:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “So, they are literally operating unofficially or informally, but I have asked for not just visits, but also for the follow-up to ensure that the protocol for COVID-19, which is established for nursing homes, be given to all of these facilities, not just the ones that are registered on the books,” “In exploring why so many are not registered, the simple response is that they fail to meet the standard that has been set. I have taken a pragmatic approach not to ignore the unregistered, recognising the risk that they pose, but to zero in on the COVID response to ensure all are notified on some very basic things that need to be put in place,” External link

jis Saturday, May 9, 2020 10:53:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said ( about Andrew Holness ) : “Of the 396 confirmed cases, 202 are employees of the workplace cluster in St. Catherine. Their ages range from 18 to 53 years. They include 151 females and 51 males. They are primarily from the parishes of St. Catherine, and Kingston and St. Andrew,” External link

caribbean360 Saturday, May 9, 2020 10:40:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton explained : “Sometime next week we should be in a position to receive those expressions of interest on the…website. There is a section there where you can log your interest and then there will be follow-up that will take place,” External link

jamaica-star Saturday, May 9, 2020 9:46:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The remaining institutions have been provided with work plans to improve their infection prevention and control measures,” External link

jamaica-star Saturday, May 9, 2020 9:46:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton acknowledged : “The truth is that our current complement of public-health staff members who are involved in contact tracing is quite burdened with the work that has to be done and some are even suffering burn out, understandably so, because we are in a really challenging time over the past three months,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, May 8, 2020 9:50:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The Alorica situation is the dominant challenge for us now in the country as it relates to COVID-19 and the response,” External link

TorontoStar Monday, May 4, 2020 9:48:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton told ( about Jamaica Hotel ) : “Jamaica’s approach has been to contain (the) spread, not to totally shut down,” External link

TorontoStar Monday, May 4, 2020 9:48:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “It’s clear by the extent of spread in that particular company that old protocols did not work or were not properly followed, so we are stepping up audits plus enhancing the protocols,” External link

TorontoStar Monday, May 4, 2020 9:48:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton told : “My big worry is that if we have an outbreak of COVID-19 in a nursing home or an infirmary, or somewhere like that, the consequences are likely to be dire,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, May 4, 2020 11:19:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton added : “I dread the likelihood of COVID-19 spreading within any or multiple facilities of this kind because they represent a weak point, because the people in these homes are older persons persons with multiple comorbid conditions. And the history of the disease, even in our limited context with those who have died, suggests that the people who are most affected are the people who meet that criteria,” “So what I've asked the Standards and Regulation Unit to do is not only to look at the longer term, but in the short term we need to reach out to all of them, even the ones not registered, and provide them with the sort of best practices that are necessary,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, May 4, 2020 11:19:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The reality is that many of these pop up over time and offer services that are needed without offering all the appropriate standards. It's been a long-standing issue, and it's an issue that we have to deal with. I am only recognising that the problem exists, and I am concerned enough to want to do something about it in the immediate circumstances of COVID-19, while we try to deal with longer-term challenges which, I accept, exist and need to be addressed” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, May 4, 2020 11:19:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “One of the things that COVID-19 has done, it has brought into sharp focus how antiquated many of our public health laws are, and it requires a response that should bring these laws into modern times,” “Part of living with COVID-19, I think, is going to be to facilitate that this happens in the near future, not in the distant future, and I'm committed to working on that, which involves the Public Health Act, Quarantine Act, and several others, many of which are frankly speaking outdated,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, May 4, 2020 11:19:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said ( about Kingston Public ) : “I’ve asked the Standards and Regulation Division (of the health ministry) to use the Public Health Act to conduct appropriate levels of inspection where necessary. There are a number of privately operated institutions that have not even registered or applied for registration under the NRHA,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, May 4, 2020 9:20:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “If that individual in the eyes of the clinicians on the ground doing the contact tracing, doing the assessment is found to have a greater level of exposure, and the virus could be there but not presenting itself and their facility is not sufficient for them to quarantine, then they would be placed in that facility until it is certain that the virus is not present,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, May 2, 2020 10:13:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “I want to just say before, on behalf of the team, for not releasing the numbers yesterday [Tuesday],” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, April 30, 2020 9:11:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton added : “Of the 32 new cases, there are 11 males, 21 females with ages ranging from one to 71 years,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, April 30, 2020 9:11:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton noted : “Of the 396 confirmed cases up to now, 202 are employees of the workplace cluster in St Catherine. Their ages range from 18 to 53. They include 151 females and 51 males. They are primarily from the parishes of St Catherine and Kingston and St Andrew,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, April 30, 2020 9:11:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The employee, a resident of St Catherine, has been placed in isolation at a Government facility. The health departments in Kingston and St Andrew and St Catherine have begun contact tracing to ascertain those who may have come into contact with the employee with a view to quarantine or isolate, test, and treat, as appropriate,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, April 30, 2020 9:11:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton stated : “I'm concerned to ensure that the protocols are, in fact, the most efficient and to the extent that they could have avoided a situation like this from occurring; I'd like to be convinced of that, and I've said that internally that we need to look at that,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, April 30, 2020 9:11:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “We’re acting out of an abundance of caution in keeping with our new protocols,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, April 29, 2020 9:11:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “As such, we will again look at the protocols to determine areas where there could be improvements. At this time the ministry awaits the outcome of the criminal investigation and the recommendation of the director of public prosecution on the proffering of charges in this matter,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, April 29, 2020 8:36:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “These protocols are to ensure the safety of all parties and to provide for the best outcome for the patient and staff,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, April 29, 2020 2:25:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Yes, we did have a backlog which we have spoken about. ... Since last week, however, when we installed the new system at the public health lab, we have been clearing up the backlog very nicely,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, April 28, 2020 9:23:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton told : “We intend to unveil a public health plan now that will see us sustaining a fairly vigilant, responsive approach over the next year as it relates specifically to COVID-19 and the possibility of further community transmission…” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, April 27, 2020 12:49:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The truth of the matter is that the current contingent that we have will suffer burnout if they continue at this pace over the next months to come, and maybe a year to come, and we have to plan for next year on the assumption that the virus is going to be with us, is likely to spread…until the country develops a sort of immunity or resistance to the virus…” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, April 27, 2020 12:49:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “As we see the virus move…the management and control of that is going to be largely dependent on the work of our primary health care professionals on the ground, in particular the contact tracers. Wherever the virus is we have to control it, cauterise it, and minimise the risk,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, April 27, 2020 12:49:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton told : “Increasingly as the virus spreads and we get into community control, we going to have to accommodate more home isolation,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, April 27, 2020 12:49:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton told : “Given that many of the territories of the region have no expert clinical capacity, we have to give consideration to matters that could be detrimental to life. I therefore think each case should be considered on that basis,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, April 27, 2020 9:41:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton told : “I saw Dr Dawes yesterday (Friday) and we spoke on it,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, April 26, 2020 9:59:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : "We are working on a plan now that will see us sustaining a fairly vigilant approach over the next year as it relates to COVID and future possible transmission," External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, April 25, 2020 6:52:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : "We have 24 persons in state run isolation facilities and 11 in home isolation," External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, April 25, 2020 6:52:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : "We say we have 1.5 million people who may get the virus , we don't have 1.5 million beds, for COVID. We have 30 beds in May Pen, 20 in Mandeville, 16 at Percy Junor, 24 in Black River and 30 at the transition house at Kendal conference Centre," External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, April 25, 2020 6:52:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton pointed out : “The truth is, if we had an explosion of cases that required hospital care too early, then the capacity of our public health services to cope would be very difficult and, indeed, I say almost impossible. You just need to look at other countries where they have had surges, where patients cannot get ventilators, cannot get hospital beds, even in some very developed countries,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, April 24, 2020 9:14:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “We want the Jamaican people to start adjusting their minds to what community transmission and community spread is and what the implications are for them, for us in public health, what their role needs to be and what are some of the adjustments and changes that are going to be necessary when we declare that we are now in community spread, because it’s a different management mechanism that has to be put in place,” “If we are to beatCOVID-19, it is now more important than ever to recognise that everyone counts and that you must ‘tan ah yuh yaad’, and keep your distance. It is critical that we all play our part,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, April 24, 2020 9:14:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “And that number (1,409) is a moving target, and it increases each hour, depending on the information and depending on the next confirmed case. And, again, I think it is important that the public understands and appreciates that, because their input, their participation is so important,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, April 23, 2020 1:49:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Seven [of the 10] are associated with the workplace cluster [Alorica], two cases are contacts of confirmed cases, and one is under investigation,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, April 23, 2020 1:49:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “There are now 34 imported cases, 53 contacts of a confirmed case, eight that are local transmission with no epidemiological link, and 148 that are under investigation,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, April 23, 2020 1:49:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton warned : “We should see quite a few hundreds samples tested over the next 24 hours, which could, or may adjust the numbers of positive tests,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, April 23, 2020 1:49:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton argued : “The question is what does it mean for you to have COVID-19 and to be told to stay home until you get better. The dynamics of that are important to appreciate and understand,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, April 23, 2020 1:49:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton added : “As we move into the phase of community transmission it is going to require more from the public… to control the COVID-19 public health threat,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, April 23, 2020 1:49:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “We want the Jamaican people to start adjusting their minds to what community transmission and what community spread is, what the implications are for them, for us in public health; what their roles need to be, and what are the adjustments that are going to be necessary when we declare that we are now in community spread,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, April 23, 2020 1:49:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton stated : “We ask, Jamaicans, don’t assume those who have the virus have brought it in, created it, are somehow cursed, have somehow sinned, somehow deserve it, are bringing a plague on your community or household. None of us are immune to the virus,” “We really need to cut the hate. I really do not want to hear about any case of persons threatening people, abusing people, because they hear they have the virus,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, April 23, 2020 9:18:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton told : “This stint as minister of health and wellness in the last four plus years has proven to be, by far, the more challenging,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, April 22, 2020 8:22:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton told : “This machine will significantly increase our testing capacity as we move into the community spread phase of the virus. It's a welcome addition to our COVID response,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, April 22, 2020 8:22:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The Ministry of Health and Wellness continues to give support to staff, families, and close contacts of the affected with treatment, contact tracing, and counselling,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, April 22, 2020 8:22:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “It is not that we have not looked at it. As you know, we have been collaborating with the Cuban government in several ways, and we are very appreciative in terms of the clinical capacity that has been added to our front line against COVID,” External link

antiguaobserver Sunday, April 19, 2020 5:38:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton told : “That manifestation is demonstrated in how some countries have actually been dealing with it. It is characterised, to a large extent, by panic response, and that is manifested in a number of ways,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, April 19, 2020 8:24:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “We have been getting some additional ventilators over the last few weeks and the aim, ultimately, by next month (May) is to have between 90 and 100 ventilators in the public health system,” “The public health system up to COVID-19 had about 25 to 30 ventilators, so we are literally tripling the number of ventilators. They will be deployed across the country in the relevant hospitals as we prepare the COVID wards across the system, and that is to deal with more serious patients who require hospital care and [have] a high-dependency on intensive care unit care,” External link

jamaica-star Saturday, April 18, 2020 7:38:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “I have heard stories of some individuals of Portmore moving out after the lockdown measure was announced on Tuesday, just about two hours before the regular 9:00 pm to 5:00 am curfew started. I saw some pictures on social media of people moving out, and I am assuming they are accurate, showing some residents opting to leave Portmore to other jurisdictions to avoid the lockdown,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, April 18, 2020 10:28:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “We have a protocol that will trigger all necessary responses. The clinical team will decide who are the close contacts and who needs to be quarantined at home or otherwise and who needs to be tested,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, April 18, 2020 9:37:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “We have been getting some additional ventilators over the last few weeks and the aim, ultimately, by next month (May) is to have between 90 and 100 ventilators in the public health system,” “The public health system up to COVID-19 had about 25 to 30 ventilators, so we are literally tripling the number of ventilators. They will be deployed across the country in the relevant hospitals as we prepare the COVID wards across the system, and that is to deal with more serious patients who require hospital care and [have] a high-dependency on intensive care unit care,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, April 18, 2020 9:37:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “We have been getting some additional ventilators over the last few weeks and the aim, ultimately, by next month (May) is to have between 90 and 100 ventilators in the public health system,” “The public health system up to COVID-19 had about 25 to 30 ventilators, so we are literally tripling the number of ventilators. They will be deployed across the country in the relevant hospitals as we prepare the COVID wards across the system, and that is to deal with more serious patients who require hospital care and [have] a high-dependency on intensive care unit care,” External link

jis Friday, April 17, 2020 11:06:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Plus, I did not have direct contact with the staff member,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, April 17, 2020 10:51:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “We retrofitted five mobile units and four were deployed to the respective regions, and this is in aid of expanding the sampling, collection and testing for COVID-19,” “One unit is based in Clarendon, and I actually visited the Corn Piece quarantined community where they were collecting samples a few days ago. That was the first one to be deployed,” External link

jamaica-star Friday, April 17, 2020 8:33:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “It is not that we have not looked at it. As you know, we have been collaborating with the Cuban government in several ways, and we are very appreciative in terms of the clinical capacity that has been added to our front line against COVID,” External link

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

Christopher Tufton added : “And, given the extent that we have had positive tests, it is quite clear that the possibility, the likelihood of spread by one of those individuals to their friends, neighbours… is real, and it is something that we need to take very seriously,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, April 17, 2020 9:44:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “I wanted to give an opportunity to an entity that is complying with the measures to indicate to the populace, and to all of us, that it is possible for us to practise the social distancing, the sanitising… the measures that have been put into the protocol, to allow industry to continue while still observing the public health risks,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, April 17, 2020 9:44:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Just to say that the St Catherine Health Department is actively following the situation at Alorica and are being provided with additional support personnel to expedite their contact tracing efforts,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, April 17, 2020 9:44:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Of the total number of staff at Alorica, numbering 787, some 569 are from St Catherine, and we have made contact with 447… There are some challenges as it relates to 112 of those names because of addresses not being correct. We are, however, continuing the efforts to locate those individuals,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, April 17, 2020 9:44:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The St Catherine Health Department has been actively following this situation at Alorica since Friday, April 10. So far over 300 interviews have been conducted with workers and quarantine orders have been served on over 800 people,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, April 16, 2020 1:46:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “I can only go by the advice given to me,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, April 16, 2020 10:17:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton told : “We are working with the foreign affairs ministry to manoeuvre these issues,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, April 16, 2020 10:17:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The ministry is also working diligently to identify each of their contacts for testing, while investigations continue to identify other positive exposed persons,” External link

stabroeknews Wednesday, April 15, 2020 11:17:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “It’s not restricted by the number of test kits. We have probably the equivalent of 20,000 or more kits to collect samples,” “The units collect samples, then they are taken to the lab for testing, so it’s more restricted by the hours in the day and the number of persons we can actually collect samples from during the day” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, April 15, 2020 10:32:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The ministry is also working diligently to identify each of their contacts for testing, while investigations continue to identify other positive exposed persons,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, April 15, 2020 9:42:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton urged : “I want to use the opportunity to encourage doctors in western Jamaica to get information on this new method that we have engaged, and to apply and become part of that solution. So for western Jamaica, I want to encourage our western practitioners to sign on to this approach,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, April 15, 2020 9:42:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “So once you open your borders, once you start normal activity, the risk is always going to be there. So part of the strategy is going to be to create some protocols around how do we provide best practice advice to persons who may be more at risk because, as you know, the vast majority of people who may have the virus will overcome it very easily,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, April 15, 2020 9:42:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Then, we can get a better feel of whether or not we need to go to another level. This initial group is the group that was the closest contact with the woman. From that, other actions will be taken,” External link

stabroeknews Tuesday, April 14, 2020 9:37:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The position of the ministry, as of now, is that a lot is going to depend on what the test results show, so we will continue to do the contact tracing and continue the testing and expanding the testing, and as the results come in, it will give us an indication as to how much the positive case is contained or if it has spread. At that point, a decision will be made,” External link

stabroeknews Tuesday, April 14, 2020 9:37:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Then, we can get a better feel of whether or not we need to go to another level. This initial group is the group that was the closest contact with the woman. From that, other actions will be taken,” External link

stabroeknews Monday, April 13, 2020 12:06:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The position of the ministry, as of now, is that a lot is going to depend on what the test results show, so we will continue to do the contact tracing and continue the testing and expanding the testing, and as the results come in, it will give us an indication as to how much the positive case is contained or if it has spread. At that point, a decision will be made,” External link

stabroeknews Monday, April 13, 2020 12:06:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Then, we can get a better feel of whether or not we need to go to another level. This initial group is the group that was the closest contact with the woman. From that, other actions will be taken,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, April 13, 2020 10:24:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The position of the ministry, as of now, is that a lot is going to depend on what the test results show, so we will continue to do the contact tracing and continue the testing and expanding the testing, and as the results come in, it will give us an indication as to how much the positive case is contained or if it has spread. At that point, a decision will be made,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, April 13, 2020 10:24:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton outlined : “Persons who have a desire to be tested will be subjected to that protocol in terms of an assessment done, or triage as would be done in our accident and emergency context. If they meet the specific requirements or criteria, then the samples would be collected by those units and test administered and they will be contacted and given appropriate guidance and counselling,” External link

thedailyherald Saturday, April 11, 2020 11:26:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton noted : “We’re currently in the process of sensitising staff. The goal is to have only those who are mildly affected by COVID-19 treated at that facility,” External link

jamaica-star Saturday, April 11, 2020 10:23:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton explained : “And all (six) are persons with a travel history and contacts of confirmed cases,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, April 10, 2020 9:32:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “I am proud to be minister of health at this time, despite the challenges, because of the team we have on the ground, and in particular, as it relates to contact tracing. Our primary health-care personnel — our nurses, our community public health personnel who are out and who manage to investigate to find out the people that they are looking for, interview them, to log — if we did not have that level of efficiency on the ground, I am prepared to say things could have been a lot worse. And that applies across the country, but certainly, I want to commend you in the west for that work,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, April 10, 2020 9:32:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “This donation is welcome support as we scale up testing mechanisms to achieve more reach. We're operating on the principle of 'all hands on deck and everyone counts'. In making this donation, CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank is telecasting to everybody that we must all play our role [and we] thank you,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, April 9, 2020 9:16:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “We have started the work to retrofit the facility, which, when completed, will have 72 beds, monitors, and other equipment. That work is being spearheaded by the Jamaica Defence Force,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, April 8, 2020 9:57:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “In regard to the N95 masks, we recognised there is a supply shortage and have therefore invested US$2.2 million to secure these masks,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, April 8, 2020 9:57:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton noted : “We have a projection for over a million infected persons over a year, most of whom will have to be at home. So the issue then becomes if you are so infected what are the procedures,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, April 8, 2020 9:31:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “I was never accusing anyone of being irresponsible. I was saying that we have to be careful we avoid sending a message that is an irresponsible message” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, April 6, 2020 10:00:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “To the extent that that impression is given, then as chair, I will seek to recalibrate and reconcile” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, April 6, 2020 10:00:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton told : “Jamaica has now recorded its 53rd confirmed case of COVID-19. This follows six new additions over the last 48-hours,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, April 4, 2020 9:36:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton added : “The new cases are a 58-year-old male from Manchester who is a contact of a confirmed case; a 57-year-old male from Kingston, who is a contact of a confirmed case; a 40-year-old male from Kingston, whose mode of transmission is currently under investigation; a 23-year-old male from Clarendon who is the contact of a confirmed case; a 42-year-old male from Clarendon, who has a travel history to the US; and a 22-year-old female from Clarendon, who is a contact of a confirmed case,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, April 4, 2020 9:36:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton added : “The report was generally very positive. They were very pleased with the medical staff; with the attention they got and I want to just really again place on record our appreciation for the efforts [of the medical staff],” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, April 4, 2020 9:36:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said ( about Kingston Public ) : “We need all hands on deck. We need to engage them all. I’m happy to announce that coming out of those discussions, Andrews Memorial Hospital will be used, based on an agreement, as an extension of the Kingston Public Hospital,” “So as needed, patients who are admitted at KPH, based on the appropriate arrangements, would be housed at Andrews Hospital,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, April 3, 2020 10:23:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The pandemic that we are experiencing now is unprecedented, so it is good to see service groups and corporate companies like Pepsi-Cola Jamaica rising to the occasion by supporting their fellow man, especially without being prompted to do so,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, April 3, 2020 9:00:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Having reviewed the protocol, consultations with senior virologists and infection control specialists, and also guided by the World Health Organization and the Pan American Health Organization, we are of the view that testing is sufficient to date. We think we have a good sense of what is happening on the ground,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, April 2, 2020 10:09:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton told : “There is a little concern related to that area. We may have to take some decisions as it relates to that area, but not right now. A team is assessing that. Two hundred and seventy-nine persons have been interviewed and an additional seven persons have been placed into isolation,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, April 2, 2020 10:09:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton informed : “We did 53 tests, and of the 53, six are positive. All of the six are linked to the quarantined community of Cornpiece in south-east Clarendon. One of the six, a 53-year-old male had travelled with the index case from New York. That index case, a 79-year-old male who was the first to have passed,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, April 2, 2020 10:09:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton told : “Right now, we're using less than 20 per cent of our testing capacity. So we still have significant capacity and you will see additional efforts being made, including using mobile units to go out into the parishes to collect samples for testing,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, March 31, 2020 8:52:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : "About 400,000 would end up in the public health system," External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, March 28, 2020 9:36:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : "About 400,000 would end up in the public health system," External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, March 28, 2020 7:26:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “If that observation becomes the norm rather than the exception and the risks for community spread become greater or becomes a reality, then I believe that the prime minister, who is on record as saying so, and the Cabinet, would have no difficulty increasing the restrictions. I do believe that that could be a possibility going into the future, but at the same time would be subject to an assessment,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, March 28, 2020 10:01:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton told : “It's the kind of response that we are very appreciative of as part of the national plan to respond to this COVID threat. I'm very grateful to the Sandals group,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, March 27, 2020 3:31:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said ( about Adam Stewart ) : “When Adam and I spoke, even before the accommodation was discussed, he was willing to play a role from early in the day. He had offered to do whatever he could and we really appreciate this kind of corporate responsibility to addressing this issue,” “The facility that Sandals has made available is very appropriately positioned to assist, in that it has its own rooms with bathrooms, a common area from which our staff can manage the process, and the location is strategic to Cornwall Regional Hospital” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, March 27, 2020 3:31:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton told : “It's the kind of response that we are very appreciative of as part of the national plan to respond to this COVID threat. I'm very grateful to the Sandals group,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, March 27, 2020 11:00:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said ( about Adam Stewart ) : “When Adam and I spoke, even before the accommodation was discussed, he was willing to play a role from early in the day. He had offered to do whatever he could and we really appreciate this kind of corporate responsibility to addressing this issue,” “The facility that Sandals has made available is very appropriately positioned to assist, in that it has its own rooms with bathrooms, a common area from which our staff can manage the process, and the location is strategic to Cornwall Regional Hospital” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, March 27, 2020 11:00:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “We have a facility in Montego Bay, which is about 50 rooms, offered to us by a hotelier, which we are now retrofitting, [and] which will suit the purposes we are anticipating for [in] the 600 rooms,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, March 27, 2020 9:13:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “We still have a fairly long way to go in identifying those 600 rooms. It’s not just about the rooms, it’s also about where they are located because we want to place them strategically, so access, depending on where persons are, can be relatively easy and that the management and manning of these facilities can also be efficient,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, March 27, 2020 9:13:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “If we are not getting that cooperation [of the private sector], then there is always the possibility of triggering the law under the emergency powers that exist,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, March 27, 2020 9:13:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The required rooms are fundamental to the response plan that we have, particularly going into a period of community spread … ,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, March 27, 2020 9:13:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton warned : “We are very clear (in our minds) that if we have to make other decisions that are more stringent, that are more restrictive, then those decisions are going to have to be made,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, March 27, 2020 9:13:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “We have taken a decision that in the following weeks we are going to engage private sector interests under a public-private partnership arrangement to outsource some of the services that are being carried out in public health facilities and hospitals,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, March 26, 2020 10:02:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “something we have been thinking about for some time because we understand the crowding effect on our health centres across the island” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, March 26, 2020 10:02:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton argued : “We are going to have to make some hard decisions as to the suitability of this space to the extent that this space exists within the private sector. We are going to have to get the willingness of those players to work with us in the interest of the public,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, March 26, 2020 10:02:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton told : “We just got some new ones and we ordered 40,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, March 26, 2020 10:02:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Yes, that's enough based on the projection” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, March 26, 2020 10:02:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “We are asking the public for support in helping us to identify these facilities. We know there are a number of facilities, like hotels, that are now not operating. The Government would like to engage them in a conversation around the availability of these facilities, and, of course, we would like to engage them in a manner where we are not paying the normal market hotel rates,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, March 26, 2020 9:29:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton added : “Until that time, you can’t release them in the general population because they are classified as ‘shedding’, meaning the virus is still active and can be spread,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, March 26, 2020 9:29:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “To discontinue quarantine arrangements in Bull Bay, the decision has been taken to complete that arrangement on Saturday, 28th of March. And so to the residents of Bull Bay, we ask for their patience until end-of-day Friday, at which point we will resume normality,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, March 26, 2020 9:29:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “We are asking the public for support in helping us to identify these facilities. We know there are a number of facilities, like hotels that are not now operating. The Govern-ment would like to engage them in a conversation around the availability of these facilities and, of course, we’d like to engage them in a manner where we’re not paying the normal market hotel rate,” External link

stabroeknews Wednesday, March 25, 2020 10:09:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “We are asking the public for support in helping us to identify these facilities. We know there are a number of facilities, like hotels that are not now operating. The Government would like to engage them in a conversation around the availability of these facilities and, of course, we'd like to engage them in a manner where we're not paying the normal market hotel rate,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, March 24, 2020 11:23:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “We’re trying to get about 100 additional specialist nurses in the system, focusing primarily on high intensity units or ICU (intensive care unit),” External link

repeatingislands Tuesday, March 24, 2020 6:22:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “We are always mindful of anyone in the line of duty who are sufficiently exposed to recommend quarantining of these individuals and it has been done,” “Our frontline personnel are always at risk as they carry out their duties. I think they understand because this is not the first time the health system is dealing with infectious diseases, so there is a protocol to guide this” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, March 23, 2020 10:03:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton told : “There are a number of persons who, having dealt with a patient, subsequently tested positive,” External link

antiguaobserver Sunday, March 22, 2020 11:47:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “We are always mindful of anyone in the line of duty who are sufficiently exposed to recommend quarantining of these individuals and it has been done,” “Our frontline personnel are always at risk as they carry out their duties. I think they understand because this is not the first time the health system is dealing with infectious diseases, so there is a protocol to guide this” External link

antiguaobserver Sunday, March 22, 2020 11:47:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “We are always mindful of anyone in the line of duty who are sufficiently exposed to recommend quarantining of these individuals and it has been done,” “Our frontline personnel are always at risk as they carry out their duties. I think they understand because this is not the first time the health system is dealing with infectious diseases, so there is a protocol to guide this” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, March 22, 2020 10:54:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton told : “There are a number of persons who, having dealt with a patient, subsequently tested positive,” External link

stabroeknews Sunday, March 22, 2020 5:26:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “We are always mindful of anyone in the line of duty who are sufficiently exposed to recommend quarantining of these individuals and it has been done,” “Our frontline personnel are always at risk as they carry out their duties. I think they understand because this is not the first time the health system is dealing with infectious diseases, so there is a protocol to guide this” External link

stabroeknews Sunday, March 22, 2020 5:26:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton told : “There are a number of persons who, having dealt with a patient, subsequently tested positive,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, March 22, 2020 9:58:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “We are always mindful of anyone in the line of duty who are sufficiently exposed to recommend quarantining of these individuals and it has been done,” “Our frontline personnel are always at risk as they carry out their duties. I think they understand because this is not the first time the health system is dealing with infectious diseases, so there is a protocol to guide this” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, March 22, 2020 9:58:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “We’re trying to get about 100 additional specialist nurses in the system, focusing primarily on high intensity units or ICU (intensive care unit),” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, March 22, 2020 9:58:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “All the countries of the world are imposing restrictions and our attempt at trying to manage the potential crisis that we face has to include reduction in the movement of persons,” External link

stabroeknews Sunday, March 22, 2020 1:52:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “These flights are flights that had persons who eventually tested positive,” External link

stabroeknews Sunday, March 22, 2020 1:52:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “All the countries of the world are imposing restrictions and our attempt at trying to manage the potential crisis that we face has to include reduction in the movement of persons,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, March 21, 2020 10:20:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “These flights are flights that had persons who eventually tested positive,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, March 21, 2020 10:20:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “To the extent that there is a new pharmaceutical response to COVID-19, we will be very interested to learn more about that, and so the conversation will continue in that regard,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, March 20, 2020 9:32:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “It is very understandable why some persons, even if they are not indigent, which would have been our first focus, over time, would require support ... ,” “We, however, took the decision that we would increase the number of packages that would be delivered to the community. So now, we would make more available” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, March 19, 2020 9:58:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “If we determine, as a Government, that there are persons out there who have decided to exploit the health threat to the population by price gouging or hoarding, the laws can be triggered to give protection for the greater good of society,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, March 19, 2020 8:40:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : "If they fail to declare, then they would have committed a breach and to the extent that we are aware of that, then we will take whatever actions," External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, March 19, 2020 5:09:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “I just want to indicate that these persons are not going to be touring within the country, but we felt it was important to accommodate, on humanitarian grounds and others, the transfer of those individuals,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, March 18, 2020 9:50:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The features of the room include a bed, ventilators, monitoring mechanisms — cameras so you can actually observe the patients from [a] remote location, [namely] the nurses' station, plus to give the indication as to when the medical personnel have to go into the room to interact with the patient,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, March 18, 2020 8:45:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “One person visit per day per patient,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, March 17, 2020 9:01:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “There will be a requirement for a two-week quarantine period for all persons entering the country from a country where there is internal spread of the virus. We know that will significantly impact persons who are coming into Jamaica, but it is one of the most effective methods used,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, March 17, 2020 9:01:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “To the extent that the information indicated that there were persons who had issues, the reports that were requested, which included the medical log of passengers on this vessel …, determined the landing rights that were given to the vessel. And persons who disembarked were, based on those medical logs and other information, not persons who were in any way symptomatic,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, March 16, 2020 10:05:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton told : “If the practice becomes continuous, then we may need to take action otherwise. These people run taxis and they need licences. If they are actively refusing to carry out essential services to our workers, at an important period of time when we need the public health system to be responding, then those who are involved could lose licences if the practice becomes sufficiently widespread,” External link

stabroeknews Sunday, March 15, 2020 6:07:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton told : “If the practice becomes continuous, then we may need to take action otherwise. These people run taxis and they need licences. If they are actively refusing to carry out essential services to our workers, at an important period of time when we need the public health system to be responding, then those who are involved could lose licences if the practice becomes sufficiently widespread,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, March 15, 2020 9:08:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : "We expect that in the coming weeks, we would have had a number of those wards up and running and the alternative arrangements made for persons, who would need to vacate those facilities," External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, March 15, 2020 2:17:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton explained : “In the meantime, we would assess to determine the extent of the spread of the virus, and apply appropriate levels of treatment to the individuals,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, March 14, 2020 4:38:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton told : “I want to... discourage those who are so tempted and motivated, [to steal], and I further want to say that if we identify any individual using this opportunity to steal the public property and then... sell it for profit, on both counts it is immoral, it is illegal, and we will use the law to penalise those persons,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, March 14, 2020 4:38:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “I am a believer in the free market but when you have extraordinary circumstances like these, you have to now regulate in the national interest. So I want to say [for] all to recognise and hear, if we determine as a Government that there are persons out there who have decided to exploit the health threat of the population by price gouging or hoarding, the laws can be triggered to give protection for the greater good of society,” “And I want to say further that the Government will do it, because, frankly speaking, it is tantamount to exploiting the risk and the challenges of a society by engaging in this” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, March 14, 2020 4:38:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Part of the plan was containment, which means that once you have an imported case, you try and contain that case as much as possible to minimise the potential for community spread. That effort is very challenging because once you have persons coming in with the virus, they interact with a few persons, and if any of those persons eventually get the virus, you have to trace the people that those persons interacted with,” “We anticipate that community spread is inevitable, given the number of imported cases, and we’ve developed a programme to deal with that” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, March 14, 2020 9:26:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton added : “everybody has to play a part and make some sacrifices,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, March 14, 2020 9:26:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton added : “I have had reports that there is a lot of misplacement of our own supplies. It speaks to our own internal arrangements, and I’ve met and spoken with the management and administrators of our public health infrastructure to tighten up that management so that we can avoid the stealing of our supplies that taxpayers pay for to be used for taxpayers’ interest,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, March 14, 2020 9:26:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “There are other important variables that link both countries, so the United States, for example, the reality is that we depend on different types of relationships with that jurisdiction, trade relations, for example. A lot of imports, whether it’s materials, medicine, food, or otherwise. Those have to be placed in the consideration as part of the risk assessment, and then, ultimately, a decision is made,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, March 12, 2020 9:09:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “She arrived on the island on March 4, presented to the public health system on March 9 and has been in isolation since then,” External link

thenassauguardian Wednesday, March 11, 2020 4:03:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton disclosed : “I had a conversation with the police commissioner and we are in dialogue around what needs to be done additionally to ensure that this doesn’t happen again,” External link

stabroeknews Wednesday, March 11, 2020 3:51:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton told : “Now that you have the virus in over 100 countries, as it spreads, and whether or not the WHO declares a further upgrade of the threat to a global pandemic, the idea of restrictions could be not as important — and indeed may be counterproductive, given the relationships with some of these countries and the extent to which other things have to happen even while we try to control the virus,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, March 11, 2020 11:20:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton disclosed : “I had a conversation with the police commissioner and we are in dialogue around what needs to be done additionally to ensure that this doesn't happen again,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, March 11, 2020 11:20:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “These measures include the dispatch of a health team to the home of the patient for assessment and initiation of public-health measures and the identification and contact tracing for all possible exposed persons,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, March 11, 2020 9:37:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “We have designated four ­quarantine facilities and others will be identified. We are finalising the retrofitting of isolation facilities in each of the island’s public hospitals,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, March 11, 2020 9:37:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Proceedings will be levied against the person. He will be charged because we have to discourage this kind of activity,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, March 11, 2020 9:37:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said ( about Penn Relays ) : “I have confirmed that in terms of the Penn Relays, the Ministry of Education, through Cabinet instructions, has advised schools about not participating in the Penn Relays this year,” External link

stabroeknews Wednesday, March 11, 2020 9:18:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton told : “I don’t want persons to be intimidated or abused in any way shape or form because they are unfortunate to have had the virus, not to mention other persons who are not affected but are from a similar home or family environment,” External link

cnc3 Wednesday, March 11, 2020 8:03:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said ( about Penn Relays ) : “I have confirmed that in terms of the Penn Relays, the Ministry of Education, through Cabinet instructions, has advised schools about not participating in the Penn Relays this year,” External link

guyanachronicle Wednesday, March 11, 2020 5:23:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said ( about The UK ) : “The person is Jamaican but has UK citizenship,” External link

trinidadexpress Wednesday, March 11, 2020 4:53:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton told : “I don’t want persons to be intimidated or abused in any way, shape of form because they are unfortunate to have had the virus, not to mention other persons who are not affected but are from a similar home or family environment,” External link

trinidadexpress Wednesday, March 11, 2020 4:53:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton added : “Even so, under the legal framework, you can’t shut Jamaica out from Jamaicans who are all over the world and want to come back home; what you do is quarantine them. So the reality is as the virus spreads, it increases the possibilities and the exposure, which is why we said in the early stages of public education and information that a key part of the strategy was to delay to allow us time to plan for eventuality or the possibility of it coming,” External link

trinidadexpress Wednesday, March 11, 2020 4:53:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : "We knew long ago that this day would come," External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, March 10, 2020 10:30:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “These are persons who will become ill although most will have mild symptoms,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, March 9, 2020 9:33:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “I wish to emphasise that the success of our efforts is contingent on the support of all Jamaicans, including the deliberate effort to access and share accurate information on the virus, thus helping to minimise the anxiety that has been associated with the spread of COVID-19,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, March 9, 2020 9:33:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton informed : “Today, we are reviewing the numbers for the day, because it is an ongoing daily occurrence. There is now one person is isolation as of yesterday,” External link

jis Saturday, March 7, 2020 12:04:00 AM 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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