Christopher Tufton

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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 : “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 : “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 : “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 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

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 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 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 : “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 : “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 : “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 said : “We’re working on the protocols,” 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 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 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 : “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 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 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 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 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 : “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 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 : “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 : “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 : “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 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 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 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 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 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 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

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 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 : “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 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 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 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 : “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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 : “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 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 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 : “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 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 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 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 : “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 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 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 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 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

Christopher Tufton said : “We felt that in the initial stages of the virus spreading globally, we needed to at best delay the virus coming into the country, so it was a very deliberate strategy to restrict wherever we felt in terms of the risk assessment that the possibility of the virus touching down in Jamaica with us being the main vector, of course, carrying it in…then we would take the necessary restrictions,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, March 6, 2020 1:13:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton told : “The extent of the need is a function of the extent of a possible outbreak,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, March 5, 2020 9:48:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “I am prepared to say that part of the challenge with Cornwall is the rescoping of the work because you start off by thinking of fixing one thing, then because of the nature of the project, every time you start to prepare, you end up having to repair something else,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, March 5, 2020 9:48:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton added : “We urge members of the public to contact the Ministry if and when they have concerns or wish to have anything clarified,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, March 4, 2020 9:31:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said ( about Jamaica Gleaner ) : “The Carnival people are saying that they are going to be pulling their vessels from Jamaica. I think they have three due to come in this week. But they were making some demands of us to give them guarantees, based on what they say they would do,” External link

antiguaobserver Wednesday, March 4, 2020 2:22:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The Carnival people are saying that they are going to be pulling their vessels from Jamaica. I think they have three due to come in this week. But they were making some demands of us to give them guarantees, based on what they say they would do,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, March 3, 2020 8:50:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Here in Jamaica, we understand that anxiety and wish to reassure the public that we are, even now, enhancing our readiness for the very real possibility of the virus coming to our shores,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, March 3, 2020 8:23:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The restrictions would be not to allow persons from those countries that were introduced to land, and whether it is airport or seaport, those restrictions would apply, so the Italians on the ship would not be allowed,” External link

stabroeknews Saturday, February 29, 2020 8:57:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The restrictions would be not to allow persons from those countries that were introduced to land, and whether it is airport or seaport, those restrictions would apply, so the Italians on the ship would not be allowed,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, February 29, 2020 9:36:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The cruise industry represents a much different challenge than the airline industry. They are larger, passengers stay on board for longer periods and, because of the confinement of the vessels over this period, they become more vulnerable,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, February 29, 2020 9:36:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Normally, if there is a health issue on board a vessel the captain should file with the health authorities of the respective country immediately as they discover that and, in this case, they had somebody in isolation and did not file, and, when our health people boarded the vessel, they found out. The vessel is subject to be fined because of that breach, because it is a breach,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, February 29, 2020 9:36:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton told : “The key thing to observe is the rate of spread, and the country-to-country spread indicative of a virus that will eventually morph into a pandemic, which means that it will touch on all hemispheres of the world, and ultimately affect most countries of the world, and that could include Jamaica,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, February 28, 2020 9:07:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton argued : “We have to have a different approach. Cruise lines need to do more other than depend on the respective countries to validate or to test suspected cases, or to quarantine and allow the rest of passengers to disembark,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, February 28, 2020 9:07:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “There are also plans to upgrade the Alexandria Hospital, and these plans have been in the making for some time,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, February 28, 2020 9:00:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton outlined : “Two doctors live on the compound now [but] we are going to increase that to five doctors. So, that means renovating the doctors’ accommodation, and that means those doctors can now work on shifts. So, with the extended hours, you will have more ­medical staff to give support to the demands of the ­system,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, February 28, 2020 9:00:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “It will encourage employers to pay more attention to worker satisfaction by engaging in non-work activities that promote wellness,” External link

jis Thursday, February 27, 2020 5:51:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “It will encourage employers to pay more attention to worker satisfaction by engaging in non-work activities that promote wellness,” External link

jis Thursday, February 27, 2020 5:51:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “There are also plans to upgrade the Alexandria Hospital, and these plans have been in the making for some time,” External link

jis Wednesday, February 26, 2020 6:30:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton outlined : “Two doctors live on the compound now [but] we are going to increase that to five doctors. So that means renovating the doctors’ accommodation, and that means those doctors can now work on shifts. So with the extended hours, you will have more medical staff to give support to the demand of the system,” “Also, the thing about the A&E is that you have to have a proper lab because you have to take blood tests and help to diagnose the concerns of the patients, and we are going to upgrade the lab to do all the necessary tests relevant to the A&E,” External link

jis Wednesday, February 26, 2020 6:30:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “This morning, one person in quarantine, having spent approximately eight days, was detected to have had an elevated temperature and as a consequence will be isolated as per our protocols,” External link

caribbean360 Wednesday, February 26, 2020 6:13:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “That relationship has definitely had a significant value where there have been gaps,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, February 26, 2020 12:50:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton added : “The clear and present danger today, for example of the Coronavirus, clearly requires a global approach and to not take that approach, places us all at risk and makes us weaker,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, February 26, 2020 12:50:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “We are going to unveil what the new Spanish Town Hospital will look like in about five to six months time, and we are going to break ground not too long after,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, February 22, 2020 11:44:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton told : “We have the capacity to provide them with adequate amenities, food, etc, and the medical staff to check to see that they are either stable or their condition suggests that a further investigation needs to take place,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, February 19, 2020 8:35:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Every year, 500 to 600 of you leave the profession here in Jamaica and board an airline to go somewhere else in the world. How many of you are preparing for that, let me see your hands?” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, February 18, 2020 9:02:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “If an accountant and a policeman can migrate, why shouldn’t a nurse be allowed to migrate too?” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, February 18, 2020 9:02:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Of the 17,000 persons who work in public health, between 4,000 and 5,000 fall in that category of nurses, midwives, and all other associated areas. You have the capacity to make the profession rise and shine, or, depending on your levels of motivation, compassion, caring, and technical competence, you also have the capacity to make the profession dull, boring, and even fail,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, February 18, 2020 9:02:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton told : “We've had nurses staying there, and we've had people staying there. It was the most appropriate at the time when we assessed it. It has bedrooms with bathrooms, and the first set of people we quarantined, the Jamaicans, that is, they're there. Some have been released and we have a few left there — about eight or nine. But these are not people who are isolated, meaning people who show symptoms. These are people who have travelled and come back from China and we have to quarantine them for 14 days,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, February 15, 2020 11:29:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton told : “I want to say to you, as students, make sure you love what you do, and if you don’t love it, leave it. The only way you’re going to practise with compassion is if your heart and soul is into it and it’s not for the money,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, February 15, 2020 9:42:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “We live in a society today where brutish behaviour is more the rule than the exception. If you approach your profession from a standpoint of being just about the pay cheque, you’re not going to be able to deal with the customer from hell, the most disagreeable client you can come across,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, February 15, 2020 9:42:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton added : “If you don’t have the right approach, a fight will break out in the hospital, and we’ve had a few of those. If you don’t appreciate that you’re dealing with a society where, unfortunately, law, order and good behaviour are more the exception than the rule, it becomes that much more of a stress and strain on you,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, February 15, 2020 9:42:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : "The virus is not here. We have introduced all the guidelines and principles to keep it out and like the rest of the world, as a country, we have been very good. We have been exceptionally good in keeping these viruses out of Jamaica. We need as a country and our people, to give credit to the public health system," External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, February 12, 2020 7:03:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The ministry will closely monitor this patient for any further development and we will advise the public as time progresses,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, February 11, 2020 8:41:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “We are engaged in ongoing efforts with stakeholders who identify additional quarantine facilities and we will advise the public of these developments. We do believe that the quarantine method works, as evidenced by this emerging situation, which we hope will not result in any further health risk, but nevertheless the precaution is very necessary,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, February 11, 2020 8:41:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “I hasten to add that wearing a medical mask is not recommended except for those persons who will be in close contact to symptomatic individuals. In fact, it may create a false sense of security that can lead to neglecting other essential measures, such as proper hand hygiene,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, February 9, 2020 8:33:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton told ( about James Head ) : “I did some tours in Kingston and I think we are all connected, but there is no doubt that St James is in place. They are very much alert, aware, are monitoring and putting in place the necessary infrastructure to deal with the situation,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, February 8, 2020 11:41:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton insisted : “We are working on that. We should have that sometime today [Thursday]” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, February 8, 2020 11:41:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “We have a country that, over the last 30 years, has not invested nearly enough in improving and enhancing the public health offerings in the country. I’m admitting that we should have done a lot more over the last three decades, and of our approximate population of three million people, 95 per cent of us only care about our health when we get sick,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, February 8, 2020 8:58:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton added : “The doctor doesn’t mean anything until you need a prescription, medication, or hospitalisation, and we don’t really think about the prevention message of eating right, getting rest and exercising every day, until we get sick. So the health profile of our population over many decades has gotten a lot worse, and the consequence is that more people are going to hospital, and there are longer hospital waits,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, February 8, 2020 8:58:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “We are a fun-loving people, we love to party, and we love the drinks and the herbs and spices, but it makes no sense that you live to age 60 and have to take 100 tablets, or that you’ll have to sit down for two hours to clean out your blood through dialysis,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, February 8, 2020 8:58:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton noted : “The key here is that we are engaging the critical personnel at our ports, [it is] not just about health care workers, it's all the persons who would have an opportunity or reason to interface with persons coming [through the ports],” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, February 6, 2020 8:30:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton explained : “The Ministry of Health [and Wellness] will be liaising with the various partners to see to its establishment. When you have threats of this type, it is better to create a national coordination which involves multiple stakeholders, multiple ministries,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, February 6, 2020 8:30:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton added : “This morning, we had a meeting with the Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Chinese Ambassador. Based on those discussions, the GOJ [Government of Jamaica] will continue its surveillance protocols, which are in alignment with international health regulations,” External link

caribbean360 Tuesday, February 4, 2020 1:40:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “We took a decision that a travel advisory would be issued where persons in China, who were planning to travel to the island will be advised or asked to remain in China,” External link

sunstkitts Tuesday, February 4, 2020 11:46:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “We have trained our border control and border protection health workers. All ports of entry need to be aware and step up their activities in terms of inspection, quarantining and questioning, where necessary,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, February 4, 2020 9:55:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “We have no confirmation yet of coronavirus, but she is being held out of an abundance of caution,” External link

stabroeknews Monday, February 3, 2020 9:32:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Quarantine facilities for these persons will be provided by the Government of Jamaica and persons will be required to adhere to all restrictions, in line with provisions under the Quarantine Act,” External link

stabroeknews Monday, February 3, 2020 9:32:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton told : "In recent years Jamaica has seen an increase in legal herb houses with branded ganja applications claiming to provide solutions to a variety of ailments from clinical to emotional," External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, February 2, 2020 9:23:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton added : "Before the new law, ganja was easily had on most street corners in Jamaica, but access and usage was always secured as a cautious experience, but today access is formal and the motivation or temptation for trial is wrapped in sophisticated packaging and a relaxed environment," External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, February 2, 2020 9:23:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “We have no confirmation yet of coronavirus, but she is being held out of an abundance of caution,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, February 2, 2020 8:36:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Quarantine facilities for these persons will be provided by the Government of Jamaica and persons will be required to adhere to all restrictions, in line with provisions under the Quarantine Act,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, February 2, 2020 8:36:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Quarantine facilities for these persons will be provided by the Government of Jamaica and persons will be required to adhere to all restrictions, in line with provisions under the Quarantine Act,” “Individuals returning from China who have been granted landing privileges and who show any symptom of the novel coronavirus will be put in immediate isolation. Isolation facilities are operational at all public hospitals, with a specialist facility available at the National Chest Hospital,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, February 1, 2020 9:40:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Our public health nurses or doctors have experience in dealing with these issues, whether it was the SARS, whether it is communicable diseases like malaria and yellow fever, our airport facilities, our border protection units are in place,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, February 1, 2020 8:48:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton admitted : “The truth is that if someone is in incubation period, there is nothing practical you can do except to give them appropriate advice and information,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, January 31, 2020 8:33:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Once you would have manoeuvred that, then those persons clearly would be allowed in but subject to appropriate quarantine arrangements [which] could be isolation, staying home for a period of time and [being] checked on by medical practitioners,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, January 30, 2020 9:19:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Once you would have manoeuvred that, then those persons clearly would be allowed in but subject to appropriate quarantine arrangements [which] could be isolation, staying home for a period of time and [being] checked on by medical practitioners,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, January 30, 2020 10:36:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Persons who were planning trips to China, whether Jamaicans or Chinese, we are advising them to postpone, at least for the time being, those travel arrangements that they would have made or are planning to make,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, January 29, 2020 9:17:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “We would ask those individuals, if they are not contacted, to make themselves available, either to their private physician or the public health system, because one of the other things that we would like to do is to do an assessment of those persons who have recently come into the island from China, via a third country,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, January 29, 2020 9:17:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “It is not my desire, it is the decision of the Government of Jamaica,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, January 29, 2020 9:17:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Let us not forget that Jamaica, as a country, with its existing infrastructure and existing personnel, has done what I believe is a remarkable job in managing external health risks,” “We have a fairly resilient system. Our personnel are adequately equipped, or they make themselves so, in the case of new threats, and I'm sure we will be able to manage this one” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, January 29, 2020 9:16:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “While we're focusing on dengue because it is now the current threat in terms of vector-borne diseases, and we have to deal with it I really want all of you to look at what we are doing today as a much bigger, broader theme of public health renewal, and the renewal of our infrastructure. This Government is on a mission to renew, to rebuild, and to make more effective our public health infrastructure,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, January 28, 2020 9:09:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “If you look at all the projections globally and the issues around climate change and the health profile of the world, you will see that these two vectors are going to become a much more clear and present danger to mankind. We cannot be business as usual in terms of the approach,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, January 28, 2020 9:09:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton added : “I am also predicting that you are going to see a lot of development and prosperity in the communities,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, January 27, 2020 9:11:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The audit of all the systems is currently being done and the reports are expected by mid-February, so I want to wait on that to make any further comment,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, January 27, 2020 9:11:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton added : “If we are going to fight crime in Jamaica, the Government alone cannot do it. When the police are supported by members of the community, you get to see the safety and security you have never seen before – if we decide to work together,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, January 27, 2020 8:52:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “We are working with the health department to fully carry through the work with the vector-control workers to continue to spray and treat breeding sites,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, January 25, 2020 9:11:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “My visit today is very special, as the students are here every day and their surroundings must be cared for. Therefore, we are going to spray this drain in the school to ease the possibility of mosquito breeding,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, January 25, 2020 9:11:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Persons who are in the country and who have the relevant symptoms could be taken in quarantine, and the areas where they would have visited or been exposed to, those areas would be visited and inspected to determine if there has been any transmission to others,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, January 23, 2020 8:58:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “No. I don’t know. No, I am not aware of this. If it comes to my attention I will investigate it and find out what is happening,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, January 21, 2020 3:43:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “So, there's a very aggressive recruitment drive because of global shortage and competition, and Jamaican nurses are particularly attractive. So I would say most go to the US...,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, January 20, 2020 10:09:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Last year saw six deaths... between January and June 2019 from flu (influenza A [H1N1] pdm09); a third of the deaths... have been persons over 60 years old,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, January 19, 2020 8:12:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Persons with the flu...should get adequate rest, drink plenty of fluids, avoid close contact with other persons, and avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth,” “Persons are also encouraged...to, as necessary, visit their doctor or health centre, some of which have extended opening hours” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, January 19, 2020 8:12:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton told : “Our position in Jamaica is that vaccines continue to save many lives. They are a very effective way to prevent certain ailments and are proven to do so, and we encourage take-up of them,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, January 18, 2020 9:25:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton stated : “In recent times, we’ve seen a re-emergence of the anti-vaccine lobby globally,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, January 18, 2020 9:25:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “In Jamaica, for certain vaccines, we continue to see almost universal coverage, but we cannot be complacent in terms of the pushback, so public information is always going to be very critical. I think a lot of it has to do with public education,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, January 18, 2020 9:25:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “We have expanded the fogging programme in high-risk communities across the island. We have engaged private contractors, where necessary, to do that and we will roll out the 35 vehicles to deal with the additional support for fogging,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, January 16, 2020 9:17:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “A lot of work has been done to tackle the outbreak; this [is a] major challenge that we face…that the region faces. The Government is committed to continuing the task, and we are taking a joined-up approach because we believe all of us have a role to play, starting with the citizens… and the Government agencies that are out there in the field,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, January 16, 2020 8:55:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “I wish to implore persons who fall in the high-risk groups, to ensure that they are vaccinated against the flu. At the same time, I encourage private healthcare providers to procure the influenza vaccine through private distributors, in order to provide for the general population,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, January 15, 2020 6:48:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Dengue, over the past year and a half, has been the worst it has ever been in the world, not in Jamaica alone… [and] in the Americas, dengue has been the most deadly,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, January 13, 2020 6:41:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said ( about Olivia Grange ) : “On the 24th, the 25th and the 26th of this month, Minister [of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport Olivia Grange and all the rest of us [Government Ministers] will have a National Clean-up Day, in recognition of ridding the country of solid waste as part of the dengue eradication drive,” “We want all citizens of Jamaica to be a part of that. We want every homeowner to look around their yards, take out the solid waste, put them out front and we are going to be working with National Solid Waste Management Authority and all the other agencies to rid this country of solid waste, because solid waste is a major cause of the dengue crisis that we face,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, January 11, 2020 10:02:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Dengue is endemic to Jamaica, because of the Aedes aegypti mosquito. The mosquito is the most deadly vector we have in the world; two million people globally per year are killed by the virus or otherwise that the mosquito transmits,” “We have to live with it; we have to coexist with it, but what we can do, is control the population, and control the ability of the Aedes aegypti mosquito to breed and to expand,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, January 11, 2020 10:02:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Otherwise, we use other mechanism, whether through mainstream media, visitation by the thousands of vector workers to speak to and encourage domestic management in terms of breeding sites, and so on. I am not suggesting that these areas don’t need fogging, and where there are complaints, we would report those and take actions, but the truth is, not all areas are treated the same because it’s based on the health risk related to a particular area,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, January 6, 2020 9:19:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Those times have evaporated somewhat, based on all the things we have seen as it relates to the security of personnel and medical persons, and that has been the case for a number of reasons,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, January 4, 2020 10:07:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The other part of the descriptive information is to ensure that people know that, as a Government, we take the absence of, or the threats, to whoever uses these facilities, whether patient or staff, very seriously and, as a Government, we [must] invest in security [for all],” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, January 4, 2020 10:07:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “This is another sad moment for West Central, following on the heels of the Dover tragedy,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, December 24, 2019 10:00:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton told : “It’s not true to say the blood test takes six weeks because when we send test samples to the Caribbean Public Health Agency in Trinidad, we have a five-day turnaround. Also, we’re now doing tests at the National Public Health Lab, so it’s not supposed to take that long, as they have the equipment and the personnel,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, December 17, 2019 10:03:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “We should not wait on the test [results] to administer treatment, so it is not as important as it is made out to be in the public domain. It’s really about how you deal with a particular case, and how quickly the case presents itself,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, December 17, 2019 10:03:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton stated : “I make a special appeal to all Jamaicans to partner with the Government by taking action, including searching your surroundings at home, workplace, school and communities for mosquito-breeding sites. I ask also that you support our routine vector control activities, by allowing the workers to safely carry out their duties. Jamaicans, prevention is better than cure, so let us destroy those mosquito- breeding sites. In the event, that you display symptoms including fever, headache, vomiting or rash, please visit your doctor or health centre to get treatment. At the same time, please exercise patience and cooperate with our health care workers. Together we can work to end this outbreak and to ensure that everyone, especially persons at high risk, including our children and the elderly are safe and in good health,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, December 15, 2019 8:57:00 AM EAT

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

jamaicaobserver Saturday, December 14, 2019 4:17:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Don’t try bush medicine before you see the doctor, and let the doctor direct you whether the bush medicine or something else should be tried,” “What we’ve done is to perfect the art of trying to apply our own prescription using our limited pharmacy, the medicine that’s normally located in the bathroom, to treat illness” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, December 14, 2019 9:25:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “I have no clinical evidence of papaya leaf as a remedy for dengue. Home remedies, including bush medicines, have delayed presentation in terms of persons coming to hospitals,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, December 12, 2019 10:10:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “As we approach the end of the year, the health sector faces its busiest time with an increase in vector-borne disease, gastroenteritis, influenza and influenza-like illnesses as well as trauma. As a result, there is an increase in waiting times as most public health facilities have been seeing increased numbers of patients,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, December 9, 2019 11:03:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Jamaicans, prevention is better than cure, so let us destroy those mosquito breeding sites. In the event that you display symptoms, including fever, headache, vomiting or rash, please visit your doctor or health centre to get treatment. At the same time, please exercise patience and cooperate with our health care workers. Together, we can work to end this outbreak and to ensure that everyone, especially persons at high risk, including our children and the elderly are safe and in good health,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, December 9, 2019 11:03:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton told : “I have not change any figure, I don’t make up figures, the figures are provided by the technocrats in the ministry,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, December 5, 2019 1:05:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Caring, even in that time of distress, sometimes requires privacy ... . In the not-too-distant future, I’ll be announcing a programme that will see some infrastructure upgrades at Bustamante Hospital for Children to facilitate the parents as they take care of their children,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, December 4, 2019 10:30:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton told : “I really still believe in the traditional view that it takes a village to raise a child…I want to say to Jamaicans, in keeping with the adverse consequences of modern times, that we need to get back to the days when the community can intervene in a way that is in the best interest of a child who needs guidance. Part of the challenge we face these days in Jamaica is that we have too many broken homes and broken families,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, December 4, 2019 9:36:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The nurses and staff at these facilities have to work tirelessly, sometimes for years, to meet the standards of certification, and we really have to give credit,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, December 4, 2019 9:36:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “We have stepped up where moral suasion has not worked. The law does allow us under the Public Health Act to work with the authorities to prosecute persons who are harbouring breeding sites in and around their homes,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, November 29, 2019 7:46:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “If we have to use the law, we will use the law. Ideally, we would like persons to recognise that it is in their self-interest to act, but, nevertheless, we have to do what is necessary to protect others if those individuals are creating the nuisance,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, November 29, 2019 7:46:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “For the life of me I can't understand why you're trying to help somebody and they're refusing the help in that kind of aggressive way. It's a reflection of the challenges we face with this issue, where people are just not retaining sufficiently to appreciate that there is a threat, that this has to be a part of the approach of dealing with that threat,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, November 29, 2019 8:37:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Over time I have evolved from fear to actively advocating for greater levels of tolerance. I've been more interactive with people affected by HIV and with vulnerable groups. I have become an advocate — both for anti-discrimination and for prevention. HIV does not have to be a death sentence. It can be treated, it can be controlled. If you take your meds you can live a long and fruitful life,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, November 26, 2019 9:15:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Civil society organisations are key partners. As part of the process we will identify which groups are best suited to deliver services. There are government systems in place for engaging service providers,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, November 26, 2019 9:15:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The truth is, now more than ever, we require the support of communities to ensure the effective implementation of our interventions but also long-term sustainability,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, November 24, 2019 9:04:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton told : “Components of that programme include customer-service training. It also includes enhancing the quality of wait – so the aesthetics of the wait environment, more comfort in terms of seating, and bathroom access,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, November 21, 2019 9:47:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Frankly speaking, my rallying cry is that oral health needs to be mainstreamed as part of the overall public health infrastructure. It is too much the exception as opposed to the rule,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, November 13, 2019 8:59:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “I don’t think there is any excuse for holding staff ransom and hostage, which is what the report indicated. That is unacceptable, and it really should be rejected in terms of that kind of practice and habit,” “I have asked for further determination on the matter. More specific, for example, is where the security guards were. We do pay a lot of money for security to be present all the time. I need to know what were the procedural breaches, and if there were none, the parent would have to be held accountable” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, November 12, 2019 9:39:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The truth is, it does require a certain level of infrastructure and personnel capacity,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, November 11, 2019 9:59:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton added : “Accepting machines have to also be linked into all the elements of the service provision, so I would say if there is a proposal, we can look at it and determine whether or not the other components that are going to be necessary, can be put in place,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, November 11, 2019 9:59:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Just as how you have restrictions around tobacco and alcohol because of the clear scientific evidence to suggest that at a young age consumption of those things are harmful, the science is very clear around excessive consumption of sugar and indeed of other things. This is why the nutrition policy as a holistic approach is necessary,” “We have done work to show that up to 70 per cent of our students consume one or more bottles of sugary drinks per day. On the associated challenges of premature illness and learning disability around obesity and premature illness, it is quite responsible for government to create an environment that is more conducive for young people to learn and develop. That is a duty that we have. I don't accept the issue around trying to restrict freedom of choice in this instance” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, November 10, 2019 9:05:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “First of all, you cannot have a system that is so fragile, knowing it has to cope with waste ... . There are technologies that can deal with such issues,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, November 4, 2019 5:29:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “They have some concerns, we have some, and we have written and we are awaiting a response,” External link

stabroeknews Sunday, November 3, 2019 5:29:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “They have some concerns, we have some, and we have written and we are awaiting a response,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, November 3, 2019 9:14:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “It is unfortunate and I don’t want to give it much credence because I don’t think much people are paying attention to it. The reality is that the vessel and its contents, including the people, are performing an important function. They have helped hundreds of thousands of persons in many countries across the world. There are Jamaicans on-board. Some people may think it’s foreigners. It is a global network of persons from many countries and we are happy to have them here. It’s in keeping with the partnership we continue to seek as we provide solutions to our issues,” External link

stabroeknews Thursday, October 31, 2019 2:23:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “It is unfortunate and I don't want to give it much credence because I don't think much people are paying attention to it. The reality is that the vessel and its contents, including the people, are performing an important function. They have helped hundreds of thousands of persons in many countries across the world. There are Jamaicans on-board. Some people may think it's foreigners. It is a global network of persons from many countries and we are happy to have them here. It's in keeping with the partnership we continue to seek as we provide solutions to our issues,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, October 31, 2019 8:58:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Have you ever been into one of these records rooms? If the dust doesn’t get you, then probably something else will,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, October 31, 2019 8:58:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The reality is that we have neglected equipping and re-equipping, and certainly maintaining the diagnostic equipment in our public health institutions. And as a consequence, we have this dilemma. This new programme is to address the immediate [needs] because of the pain and suffering which was identified with persons who couldn't afford to pay for private services,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, October 30, 2019 9:31:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton added : “What is more, the new facility is only one in a series of steps to overhaul the entire health sector infrastructure to ensure we are able to effectively respond to current and emergent demands, including the current communicable and non-communicable diseases burden,” “Today is a good day for public health in Jamaica and, in particular, for the close to 500,000 people served by the western health region,” External link

jis Friday, October 25, 2019 5:34:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Today is a good day for the people of Jamaica and the relationship between Jamaica and the people of China,” External link

stabroeknews Friday, October 25, 2019 9:41:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The mental-health statistics in the parishes of Hanover, St James, Trelawny, and Westmoreland suggest that more persons are coming forward, which is encouraging, but it also indicates the extent of the problem of mental illness,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, October 25, 2019 9:17:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Today is a good day for the people of Jamaica and the relationship between Jamaica and the people of China,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, October 24, 2019 8:43:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “This will be seen as a sort of interim measure that allows patients to wait, but wait in relative comfort while they are given initial treatment until they can be transferred to a hospital bed,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, October 24, 2019 8:43:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton told : “We had amended legislation to ban smoking in public, and what I have seen in my own way, in my own movements and this is anecdotal now is that people tend to be lighting up more marijuana sticks than tobacco. And it is almost as if there is a separation between smoking marijuana in public and smoking cigarettes in public,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, October 21, 2019 9:40:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “It is something that is worrying to me because of the mind-altering and brain-altering properties of marijuana. People driving and smoking at same time, and all the potential risk that that poses from a public health perspective... It is a discussion that we need to have in Government and the enforcement of the law,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, October 21, 2019 9:40:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said ( about Horace Chan ) : “We have jurisdiction under the Public Health Act where we can cite establishments for allowing smoking in public, but also the minister of national security, my colleague Minister Chang, and I are having discussions as to how we can improve the enforcement mechanism. But I am prepared to say it is a problem,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, October 21, 2019 9:40:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton argued : “While we have made some progress in terms of the amendments to the legislation, and for the most part it is observed, there is an emerging trend of persons smoking in public and, in particular, there is an interpretation that the relaxation of the laws around marijuana consumption also supports marijuana consumption or smoking in public. And that is something that the new comprehensive legislation that we are coming with will address, very comprehensively all types of smoking. But, in the meantime, I think it is something that we need to take some public position on,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, October 21, 2019 9:40:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Some persons have been in the hospital for five to seven years. They have been abandoned by their loved ones and we intend to test the legal system and compel them to care for their own, similar to how fathers are ordered by the Family Court to take care of their children,” “We do not know what the court may rule, but we are not going to allow this to continue” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, October 20, 2019 6:36:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Our primary healthcare system and, by extension, our health centres have to be the backbone of our public-health infrastructure as a country,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, October 18, 2019 9:33:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton added : “It’s in these small buildings, not the big hospitals, that mothers must get advice on their children, where children must get their regular check-ups, and where visitations must take place in the homes and communities to reduce the risk of persons leading lives that develop into bad habits, which develop into premature illness and, ultimately, death,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, October 18, 2019 9:33:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “One of the biggest challenges we face in public health today is to get Jamaicans to come to terms with their role in preserving themselves ... and to restore credibility to our primary healthcare infrastructure so that the person who lives down the road doesn’t take a taxi and drive past the clinic to go to the Cornwall Regional Hospital but stops at the clinic first,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, October 18, 2019 9:33:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton noted : “These deficiencies are fuel for infections acquired in healthcare settings, which are the most frequent adverse events in healthcare delivery worldwide,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, October 16, 2019 5:46:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “I want to place on record our appreciation for these acts of goodwill to Jamaica,” “The truth is that Government can’t do everything on its own, and this is not an excuse; it is a reality, particularly as it relates to public health, as the demands of the system keep getting more and more,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, October 16, 2019 10:39:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “have not been going to work” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, October 16, 2019 8:17:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton pointed out : “Ideally, I am told, you really want 80 per cent access minimum to make meaningful impact. We are closer to 60 per cent. I am told we need to do about 135,000 visitations per month and we are [at] about 60 per cent, largely because of the refusal to allow workers to access premises,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, October 16, 2019 8:17:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “I think, for the most part, they are out there, except that I would say we need to tighten up the supervisory management in some of the areas because I do think we could be a little more effective in terms of supervision,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, October 16, 2019 8:17:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton told : “We are very concerned and we have been observing very closely the information coming out of the US, both at the federal and the state levels, where vaping is becoming very common and is now being suspected for a number of deaths, and as a consequence a number of states have taken the position to ban the practice,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, October 14, 2019 1:42:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “I have asked the chief medical officer in the ministry to examine the reports that are coming out of those jurisdictions and to assess the clinical side of that information with the intention of, in the worst-case scenario, doing similar to what was announced in terms of a ban, but at least if not, for the time being, offering an advisory or warning to those who offer this particular type of product or practice,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, October 14, 2019 1:42:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The ministry is looking at that, with the intention of having discussions with the Ministry of Education to see what extent the protocols within the schools can be adjusted to monitor more closely the possibility of the practice taking place, and take whatever action necessary to stamp it out. But it is a major concern — I am certainly concerned about it. And as you know, from a public health perspective we do not support any form of smoking,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, October 14, 2019 1:42:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “We are coming, by the end of the year, with comprehensive legislation to address a number of areas that we think are important to further discouraging tobacco consumption. Things like advertising will be a big part in discouraging, eliminating, and discontinuing that practice,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, October 14, 2019 8:17:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton stated : “Our global school health survey suggests that approximately 15 per cent of our high-school population uses tobacco at some point in time. For us, that’s 15 per cent too many and, of course, at a time when these youngsters are developing. Their brains are still developing, and it is a very fragile time for them,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, October 14, 2019 8:17:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “We’ve been observing the information coming out of the United States, where vaping is now suspected for a number of deaths. I’ve asked the ministry’s chief medical officer to examine the reports coming out of those jurisdictions and to assess the clinical side of that information,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, October 14, 2019 8:17:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The campaign is intended to say to Jamaicans, let us talk about mental illness; let us try to understand what mental illness is as a starting point to addressing the challenge of mental illness. Don’t be afraid, don’t be shy, understand that it is something that we need to deal with,” “Today, World Mental Health Day (October 10)…. I am challenging the Jamaican people, let us rid our minds of that perception, face the realities around mental illness and deal with it in a way that advances a more progressive and productive arrangement to solving the challenges around mental illness,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, October 11, 2019 8:54:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “I pause to make the argument that there is a direct relationship between the illicit trade and the extent of taxes, and I, as one who studies economics have heard that theory advanced in other quarters, and I wanted to check to see for myself what the evidence suggests or supports,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, October 11, 2019 12:57:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton told : “Right now it is not so much an issue of resources, or lack thereof, because we are engaged in a number of initiatives. The issue is the severity of the outbreak, and I will not dismiss the fact that it is a regional outbreak that is caused by weather patterns,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, October 11, 2019 11:19:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said ( about Aedes Aegypti ) : “Since January 2019, the ministry has intensified its dengue prevention and control activities, with further intensification in July and again in September. Response activities involved strengthening surveillance case management and vector-control management. The vector-control management strategy includes strengthening human resource capacity and supporting efforts to decrease the Aedes Aegypti mosquito islandwide,” “The ministry’s public relations unit implemented a robust public education campaign, and additional activities continued and intensified in September 2019, with greater emphasis on early warning signs for severe dengue. Distribution of updated material and messages promoting risk communication and educating the public through flyers, brochures, and social media, is ongoing. There is continued resensitisation of clinical staff both public and private physicians,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, October 11, 2019 9:27:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Right now, it is not so much an issue of resources or the lack thereof, we can locate more resources if necessary. The issue is the severity of the outbreak. The reality is, as a region we are faced with the calamity based on environmental factors,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, October 10, 2019 9:53:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton told : “This is what I am getting from the clinicians those that have done tests to confirm the deaths. The notifications are what the doctors initially report, based on clinical symptoms, prior to the actual tests; and so when tested, the numbers come significantly down,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, October 10, 2019 9:53:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton stated : “The rest of us have to take particular precautions. Early detection is absolutely critical,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, October 10, 2019 9:53:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “We all have that issue…and because we're a tourism destination, it is even more important. So [based on] the links between the tourism and domestic population, it threatens our industry, our primary foreign exchange earner; primary job creation activities; [and] it threatens our domestic life in terms of the dengue issue and our response to that,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, October 9, 2019 8:25:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “We all have that issue… and because we’re a tourism destination, it is even more important. So [based on] the links between the tourism and domestic population, it threatens our industry, our primary foreign exchange earner; primary job creation activities; [and] it threatens our domestic life in terms of the dengue issue and our response to that,” External link

jis Tuesday, October 8, 2019 7:02:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Congratulations to the Kind Hearts Foundation and WGTR (We Got The Runs) for staging yet another successful event, which is evident by the number of people that are here today to participate in the race. Events like the Colour Me Happy 5K give us a great platform to spread the word about the Jamaica Moves initiative, which promotes the importance of wellness through daily physical activities, proper nutrition, and health checks to reduce the risk of developing a non-communicable disease. We’re therefore very happy to be part of this event for another year,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, October 8, 2019 11:59:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “We are focusing on a few services now. Possibly, we will expand overtime. CT scans, MRI scans, ultrasounds, endoscopy and histopathology – those are the key services that form part of this agreement, and many public health facilities throughout Jamaica, at any point in time, will not be able to provide those services,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, September 26, 2019 10:13:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The second and more sustainable long term initiative under this programme is to restore the credibility of our hospitals across the country by equipping them with diagnostic machines,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, September 26, 2019 10:13:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “This is what universal access is all about… We estimate that over 60,000 people will benefit and it will cost the Government approximately $200 million over the next year,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, September 26, 2019 9:46:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton explained : “Today, I am happy to announce that we have already commenced the procurement process for a range of important diagnostic equipment. These will be placed in hospitals, based on the type of hospital and the equipment required,” “The last time we did this kind of overhaul was for World Cup cricket in 2007. These equipment are now outdated, and this is why we have so much downtime. In keeping with our commitment to universal access we will, therefore, be spending $1.8 billion over the next year to equip our hospitals,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, September 26, 2019 9:46:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Today, we are ready to accept, in a genuine and sincere way, that while we have ensured access, there are challenges to the quality of that access and people do wait long… and some people die waiting,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, September 26, 2019 9:46:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “I am saying to the population, bleaching cream is unhealthy. It’s not going to make you look better and enjoy longevity of life. It won’t solve the aging issue,” External link

themontserratreporter Friday, September 20, 2019 2:43:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Although breastfeeding is the mother’s domain, with close support from fathers, partners, families, workplaces and communities, breastfeeding will improve,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, September 18, 2019 7:22:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “One of the things I would like to recommend is that one day we come to table, not just to announce the equipment, but to announce a few technically competent skill sets that will work with us to transfer some of that knowledge so that we ultimately will be able to do it on our own, and I am prepared to discuss and negotiate that with you,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, September 17, 2019 10:15:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “We have quite a number of workers now to be deployed in the field where we have also increased the logistic support for them. We have also made available materials for them to visit the different locations. We take the issue of dengue very seriously and we don’t want the people of St. Elizabeth to be badly affected,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, September 17, 2019 1:20:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “We have engaged and deployed the temporary workers, and in this parish, we have 63 temporary workers to support the efforts of the 11 permanent staff at the health department. We have agreed that we will further increase the temporary staff by an additional 30 persons,” “We want to get close to 100 temporary staff to work with the 11 permanent staff to create more teams to be deployed in the communities across the parish. We have also agreed to increase the number of vehicles to carry people and equipment and to engage a few private contractors for fogging,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, September 16, 2019 9:31:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The prevention of dengue starts with personal responsibility, and prevention starts with what we do in and around our homes. The vast majority of times, the breeding sites are located in and round our homes through the improper storage of solid waste, or through deliberate storage of potable water which is not properly covered,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, September 16, 2019 9:31:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “This means that Jamaica will have [more] older persons than you will have younger persons. And again, from a policy standpoint, from an individual standpoint, from a community and family standpoint in terms of the future, it has significant implications,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, September 12, 2019 9:45:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Anything that has to do with training is not health,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, September 11, 2019 9:02:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “On the Chinese-financed hospital, we’ll have final approval of the designs for the new facility at the level of the parish council (municipal corporation) in short order, and I’m hoping we’ll officially break ground as early as next month – if not before. I’m encouraged that once the work starts, we’ll continue straight through to completion,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, September 10, 2019 9:26:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton stated : “The staff at the hospital continues to provide all the critical services required by the people of St James and its environs. There’s the radiology unit, emergency, surgery, and, of course, we have inpatient care,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, September 10, 2019 9:26:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton added : “There is a team on site from China, and they have set up their administrative facilities and have started to clear sections of the compound, and once you get there, you’ll see their presence visibly. Work is happening there, but the official breaking of ground will happen in short order,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, September 10, 2019 9:26:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “I had a meeting with the Western Regional Health Authority and the hospital staff, getting a brief on the technical work on the building, as well as the services that are provided. There are two major contractors that are doing a new roof and addressing the gutting of floors to reinstall plumbing, electrics, and partitions, to clear out the original internals of the building, and that’s going on as we speak,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, September 10, 2019 9:26:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “For every one social case living in the hospital, we deprive 49 other patients access to a bed over a one-year period for five days or less. The 200 social cases across Jamaica also deprive nearly 10,000 persons from having a bed in the hospital. That is significant when you have someone who occupies a bed and has become a guest of a public health institution; it was not intended for that,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, September 10, 2019 8:37:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton stated : “I think there is no debating that we are threatened as a people based on a range of healthcare ailments that we have,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, August 30, 2019 9:55:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “It adds to the burden of our illness profile in the country and begs a response that goes beyond putting in hospital beds and operating theatres, but also carrying a message to overcome some of the perceptions that are associated with cancer,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, August 30, 2019 8:53:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Over the last number of months, we have commissioned or are in the process of commissioning studies to establish baseline arrangements around trans-fats, how much of it is in our society and how much of it is consumed or used. The baseline of sodium is something that we are working on and, we are engaging the experts to give us that information as part of the consumer awareness and the development of sound policy going forward,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, August 29, 2019 6:20:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton explained : “If you were to look at the package that is offered between nurse and the recruitment and pre-selection, then you would perhaps misinterpret that to suggest that that nurse is being compensated more than a local nurse. The reality is that there are more issues around that overall packaging of the compensation than what would be the case if we were to hire a local nurse,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, August 29, 2019 8:49:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton added : “People oftentimes just pull a number out of the air and say, 'Boy, the Cuban nurse is earning twice the amount of the local nurse', and that's not really fair to the nurse because that's not necessarily what is the case. And, frankly speaking, it is universally accepted that if persons have to relocate from one country to the next, then they should be appropriately compensated,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, August 29, 2019 8:49:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The world has a nursing shortage and a nurse who is well-trained and has the experience — and Jamaica does very well at that — is going. They are demanded... That's the reality we face. That's the environment that we exist in. So we can't engage in a process of analysis to paralysis and beating upon ourselves to say, 'Boy, this is unacceptable and we need to do more'. Yes, we need to do more, but we need to start from the standpoint of accepting that this is an industry that is very mobile and oftentimes exercises the right, the option, to move from one place to the next in search of better conditions, better resources, remuneration, a better life. Jamaica just cannot compete with some of the offerings that are out there based on the demand...,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, August 29, 2019 8:49:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “We have agreed and we’ll be mobilising $130 million to these agencies for critical support in the field,” External link

antiguaobserver Wednesday, August 28, 2019 9:51:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “We are looking at all parishes and taking the approach and response seriously and urging citizens to be alert to the potential risks around mosquito-breeding sites,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, August 28, 2019 9:33:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The country is in a high state of alertness around the potential health challenges around dengue and Aedes aegypti mosquito,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, August 28, 2019 9:33:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton disclosed : “So he is to report to me by the end of September on what his recommendations are,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, August 28, 2019 8:46:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “We also had 187,801 admissions for care, conducted 40,477 operations and assisted in the delivery of 32,890 babies — in addition to providing 380,164 diagnostic imagining services and 8,356,990 laboratory tests,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, August 20, 2019 8:50:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “As Caribbean people with similar experiences and challenges, we have to work together to take care better of ourselves so that we have a better quality of life. It is important that we have fun while we exercise, whether running, swimming or hiking, cycling. I am proud of St Kitts and Nevis for joining the initiative; welcome aboard the fight to beat NCDs,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, August 14, 2019 9:05:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton told : “There is that issue of the lack of supervision and that's something the system needs to tighten up on. The reality is that the senior medical officers (SMOs), within the hospital context, should play a greater role, I believe, in coordinating that type of arrangement for the support,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, August 14, 2019 8:47:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The challenges of equipment are there but it is something that we've recognised and we are working towards [fixing]. Having said all of that, I am prepared to say that the system has many challenges but it should not be described as being broken. The system works,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, August 14, 2019 8:47:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “It conducts a range of other supporting services that see life expectancy, many of those international indicators, being at a relatively high level... So when you look at infant mortality and so on, these are indicators that show that as a country we have made progress, but the reality is that we still have some way to go. What I would want not to happen is that we condemn the system as a total failure when the truth is the system and those who work in it have been responsive to the challenges. We just have to keep working to improve what we have,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, August 14, 2019 8:47:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “In Jamaica we have our own challenge of obesity and lifestyle diseases, and so the NCDs epidemic needs a response and we have tried to confront that challenge with the Jamaica Moves movement, as well as several other activities, but clearly we have to collaborate as one Caribbean people and I think what we had here this morning and from yesterday (Friday 9) afternoon is an indication that St. Kitts and Nevis is ready for this challenge as signed on with the leadership of the prime minister and it is just now for us to demonstrate sustainability over time,” External link

sunstkitts Monday, August 12, 2019 8:25:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “If there are cases that are discovered there is a hearing and appropriate action is taken,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, August 12, 2019 9:08:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Can you imagine if that was allowed across the board? First of all, private pharmacies wouldn't sell anything and the cost of drugs would skyrocket. So what we have said to persons is if you want the public drugs, go to a public facility, otherwise, get an NHF card and benefit from the discount that the NHF allows if you qualify under those 17 illness categories,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, August 5, 2019 11:09:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “We have had good response to the adoptions. So far, we have done over 10 (clinics) but we have another 20 or 30 that are being lined up based on expressions of interest from a combination of local entities as well as overseas companies,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, August 4, 2019 8:32:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “There is no doubt that Jamaica’s development has benefited significantly from the input, the capabilities and the particular strengths in areas of business and commerce, and that integration is what makes us a country somewhat unique,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, August 3, 2019 9:02:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “This practice of dropping off your loved ones at accident and emergency (A and E) and driving away and leaving them and having the expectations that the public health system is going to take care of them by putting them in a bed, giving them three meals a day, [giving them] medication where they need it… but totally forgetting about your own duty and responsibility to those persons…is immoral and we're going to have to challenge the legality of it,” “I am saying to the country and those who are so inclined to stop it because we intend to use the courts to challenge the legality of people abandoning their loved ones in our hospital system,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, July 31, 2019 9:02:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “This practice of dropping off your loved ones at Accident and Emergency and driving away and leaving them and having the expectations that the public health system is going to take care of them by putting them in a bed, giving them three meals a day, [giving them] medication where they need it… but totally forgetting about your own duty and responsibility to those persons…is immoral and we're going to have to challenge the legality of it,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, July 30, 2019 6:35:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “This project has been long in gestation. I’m glad it’s at the point where we can make it available. I say read with an open mind, with a critical mind, and as the title suggests, and the conclusion, you will see, your destiny starts with your state of mind,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, July 29, 2019 8:56:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton told : “We have just started preliminary negotiations with Nigeria. Years ago Jamaica had a very good relation as it relates to medical exchanges with Nigeria. That had fallen off when there was a military government in that country. Recently I met with the Nigerian high commissioner here… where we discussed a resumption of that arrangement,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, July 28, 2019 8:55:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton added : “They have a supply and we have had a relationship with them in the past,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, July 28, 2019 8:55:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “What this has done is allow us to recruit and train more nurses and use bilateral arrangements to provide the clinical rotation component of the training, so we can put more people into the system. That programme will basically double the capacity of critical care trained nurses,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, July 28, 2019 8:55:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “There are about 200 nurses and doctors expected in the island soon from Cuba, which has been our main recruitment ground. The team just came back about a month ago and we have signed off on the about 200. Not all of them are critical care but they are advanced, and that will help to alleviate the problem also,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, July 28, 2019 8:55:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “We are also reinforcing our laboratory response capabilities and preparing isolation areas at our public health facilities. Back in 2015, we had procured Personal Protective Equipment, which were distributed to hospitals. We also put in storage emergency stock at the Ministry’s Central Stores. We are now doing an inventory of these items and additional items will be procured as required,” External link

caribbean360 Friday, July 26, 2019 10:39:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Given the relatively robust surveillance and infection prevention and control practices in Jamaica, the public can be reassured that the current emergency response arrangements are in place to enable an appropriate response in the event of the introduction of the ebola virus disease into the country,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, July 24, 2019 2:02:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton added : “The Ministry will also be ensuring capacities for readiness which includes addressing stock levels of critical equipment and supplies, protocols for specimen and patient transportation and reporting requirements,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, July 24, 2019 2:02:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “one of the things we will never want to happen is that we have people who are generous to give, but they do not see what their giving has resulted in” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, July 22, 2019 7:14:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “I am pleased to see the results from the audit that I requested, examining the infrastructural needs of the major hospitals, specifically the state of the hospital elevators. It is important that we change the mode of planning in public health from one of reactive, to strategic. "In addition to the new elevators, the health authority and the hospitals are also to develop a maintenance plan as well as a training programme for their technicians, who will have responsibility to ensure that the equipment is always fully functional,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, July 15, 2019 10:39:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The opening is an indication that things have been going in the right direction, certainly as it relates to public health in the parish,” “I have no doubt that the 120,000 citizens of this parish, the 40,000 who use different services here in a given year, will find this enhanced facility quite useful, and it will tap into the overall development of the parish,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, July 7, 2019 12:36:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said ( about National Health ) : “Also at the Ministry of Health and Wellness, we are about forward planning, so the construction of this new 3,000-square-foot DrugServ [Pharmacy] is about more than meeting the current level of need,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, July 6, 2019 12:11:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “These are the things that are sometimes taken for granted that should be the norm and not the exception. So the Compassionate Care Programme is really a customer service programme,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, July 6, 2019 9:38:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “I am aware of the situation. I have visited there several times, and the national security minister and I have spoken, and there are some plans on the way to address the situation in a more permanent way,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, July 4, 2019 9:05:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton stated : “I think we are managing the process and treating patients at the same time, which is a challenge that I think very few of us have had to face in the past while treating patients,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, July 1, 2019 12:29:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “It means that no one who is unfortunate to have these trauma- related cases, whether it is a motor vehicle accident, a gunshot wound or a heart attack as the case may be, who visit these facilities will get less than the absolute best quality service based on the doctors who are here, the nurses who are here and now based on the facility, the infrastructure and equipment that are here,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, July 1, 2019 12:29:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton stated : “I am told that [with] the technology-driven radiology unit, we no longer offer wet processing film for the unit, instead they have joined the era of digital radiography, thanks to the European Union programme for the Reduction of Maternity and Child Mortality Programme,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, July 1, 2019 12:29:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “This [2019/20] financial year, I would like to see, as minister, a lot more emphasis on [boosting] customer service in our public health institutions,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, June 30, 2019 7:29:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton stated : “The Charter of Rights and Responsibilities that governs public health does guarantee the rights [of the patient]; but it also assumes that the patient has some responsibilities. So there is a balance… and we need to start reflecting more on that,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, June 30, 2019 7:29:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “This facility has seen some renovations [and] training of staff, which is a very important component. As a consequence, we are now able to host our patients, our clients, those who, frankly speaking, [expect] us to serve them in a manner that is dignified,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, June 30, 2019 7:29:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton stated : “I have heard some stories about having another dengue outbreak and this is my first opportunity to speak publicly about it,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, June 29, 2019 2:23:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton stated : “From the ministry's perspective, we have been on alert in terms of ensuring that we monitor the trends and respond to the trends. Now that the hurricane season is on us again, we will be embarking upon a number of additional programmes including a public education programme which is customary at this time of year, so that we raise the level of awareness among our population as it relates to mosquito-breeding sites, destroying those breeding sites and in all of this, to control the Aedes aegypti population,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, June 29, 2019 2:23:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “I think the narrative needs to change around what is happening here at CRH,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, June 29, 2019 9:15:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “In another short while, I’ll be back here to officially break ground for the Western Children’s Hospital. We will officially break ground in very short order, and I intend to invite you back to see the breaking of ground to symbolise another new dawn here at CRH,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, June 29, 2019 9:15:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton stated : “The economic consequence of our current health status is that we are going to be challenged to expand and prosper, because of productivity issues, if we do not address the impact of NCDs,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, June 25, 2019 4:46:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Beyond that is the cost to the wider society of treating lung-related ailments — they are significant, so not only is it pain and suffering on the individual, it's a huge cost to public health and by extension the society,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, June 19, 2019 9:13:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton stated : “We need to do more…unfortunately over time, I personally have observed that there has been a relaxation in the enforcement of that law where persons light up wherever they please, in breach of the law. Quite frankly, it is making a mockery of the law more often than not,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, June 19, 2019 9:13:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “We cannot have a jurisdiction, New York, for example — where you have nearly 50 flights coming here on a weekly basis [and] where you have a measles outbreak which is highly contagious — and the probability of it happening is not high,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, June 18, 2019 8:16:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “There are cultural issues in Jamaica which we are not unaware of around race and class which is sort of a part of the whole society, as opposed to part of one particular sector, so those things may manifest themselves in different ways. I am not naïve to that,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, June 16, 2019 10:21:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “I am issuing a challenge to corporate Jamaica to see their employees as the most valuable asset and the state of mind of those employees as the intellectual force that will drive their competitiveness and success and therefore deserves the level of investment that is necessary to make them feel motivated and healthy to do their jobs,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, June 16, 2019 2:06:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “We have a protocol that gives not only treatment, of course, to victims generally, but priority treatment to victims of rape and carnal abuse and that sort of thing. They get priority treatment, meaning they are not allowed to wait,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, June 9, 2019 9:19:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Firstly, we are going to establish how much of it is here, and the extent of its usage, because it is scientifically proven that it is a huge contributor to the scourge of NCDs which is plaguing the population. And, of course, there is alcohol,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, June 5, 2019 6:17:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “We are seeing increasing cases of it (NCDs); there are premature illnesses, and obesity levels are growing each day from the lowest age cohort in our school systems, based on the surveys that we have done through the entire population. We have to do something about this,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, June 5, 2019 6:17:00 PM EAT



Key Titles and Phrases Count Lang Last Seen
minister of health33.33%EN12/08/201708/12/2017
jamaican minister of health0.91%EN12/08/201708/12/2017
health minister42.47%EN08/08/201708/08/2017
minister16.44%EN08/08/201708/08/2017
mp0.46%EN03/02/201702/03/2017
agriculture minister0.46%EN07/06/201606/07/2016
current minister of health0.46%EN06/29/201629/06/2016
senator2.74%EN02/06/201506/02/2015
former agriculture minister1.37%EN09/01/201401/09/2014
opposition senator1.37%EN08/02/201302/08/2013
Names Lang Count
Christopher TuftonEN99.73%
Christopher TuftonFR0.13%
Christopher TuftonPT0.13%


 
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Errol Greene said ( about Christopher Tufton ) : “I am truly thankful for the leadership of our minister, Dr Christopher Tufton, our permanent secretary [Dunstan Bryan], our chief medical officer [Dr Jacquiline Bisasor McKenzie]..., I am thankful for their leadership, and I am thankful for the support of the medical officers in the region, the doctors, the nurses, the matrons, the ancillary staff, and the technical people…, I am truly thankful because they are going above and beyond the call of duty to ensure that we mitigate the disaster that is obviously upon us,” External link

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

Morais Guy asked ( about Christopher Tufton ) : “We now have the ability to do 2,000 tests per day; then why [are] Prime Minister Holness and Health Minister Tufton failing for over a week to provide the test results for 600-plus samples Jamaica has taken?” External link

thedailyherald Saturday, May 9, 2020 10:14:00 PM EAT

Morais Guy asked ( about Christopher Tufton ) : “We now have the ability to do 2,000 tests per day, then why [are] Prime Minister Holness and Health Minister Tufton failing for over a week to provide the test results for 600+ samples Jamaica has taken?” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, May 7, 2020 11:27:00 AM EAT

Morais Guy added ( about Christopher Tufton ) : “The minister (Tufton) needs to take a submission to the Cabinet to say that the CRH needs to be declared an emergency, and we can utilise the emergency procurement guidelines to get certain things done. The Government has utilised it before in other areas where it was not necessarily an emergency,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, December 21, 2019 8:57:00 AM EAT

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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 : “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 : “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 : “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 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

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 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 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 : “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 : “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 : “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 said : “We’re working on the protocols,” 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 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 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 : “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 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 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 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 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 : “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 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 : “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 : “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 : “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 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 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 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 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 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 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

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 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 : “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 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 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 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 : “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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 : “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 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 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 : “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 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 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 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 : “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 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 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 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 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

Christopher Tufton said : “We felt that in the initial stages of the virus spreading globally, we needed to at best delay the virus coming into the country, so it was a very deliberate strategy to restrict wherever we felt in terms of the risk assessment that the possibility of the virus touching down in Jamaica with us being the main vector, of course, carrying it in…then we would take the necessary restrictions,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, March 6, 2020 1:13:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton told : “The extent of the need is a function of the extent of a possible outbreak,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, March 5, 2020 9:48:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “I am prepared to say that part of the challenge with Cornwall is the rescoping of the work because you start off by thinking of fixing one thing, then because of the nature of the project, every time you start to prepare, you end up having to repair something else,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, March 5, 2020 9:48:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton added : “We urge members of the public to contact the Ministry if and when they have concerns or wish to have anything clarified,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, March 4, 2020 9:31:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said ( about Jamaica Gleaner ) : “The Carnival people are saying that they are going to be pulling their vessels from Jamaica. I think they have three due to come in this week. But they were making some demands of us to give them guarantees, based on what they say they would do,” External link

antiguaobserver Wednesday, March 4, 2020 2:22:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The Carnival people are saying that they are going to be pulling their vessels from Jamaica. I think they have three due to come in this week. But they were making some demands of us to give them guarantees, based on what they say they would do,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, March 3, 2020 8:50:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Here in Jamaica, we understand that anxiety and wish to reassure the public that we are, even now, enhancing our readiness for the very real possibility of the virus coming to our shores,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, March 3, 2020 8:23:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The restrictions would be not to allow persons from those countries that were introduced to land, and whether it is airport or seaport, those restrictions would apply, so the Italians on the ship would not be allowed,” External link

stabroeknews Saturday, February 29, 2020 8:57:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The restrictions would be not to allow persons from those countries that were introduced to land, and whether it is airport or seaport, those restrictions would apply, so the Italians on the ship would not be allowed,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, February 29, 2020 9:36:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The cruise industry represents a much different challenge than the airline industry. They are larger, passengers stay on board for longer periods and, because of the confinement of the vessels over this period, they become more vulnerable,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, February 29, 2020 9:36:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Normally, if there is a health issue on board a vessel the captain should file with the health authorities of the respective country immediately as they discover that and, in this case, they had somebody in isolation and did not file, and, when our health people boarded the vessel, they found out. The vessel is subject to be fined because of that breach, because it is a breach,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, February 29, 2020 9:36:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton told : “The key thing to observe is the rate of spread, and the country-to-country spread indicative of a virus that will eventually morph into a pandemic, which means that it will touch on all hemispheres of the world, and ultimately affect most countries of the world, and that could include Jamaica,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, February 28, 2020 9:07:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton argued : “We have to have a different approach. Cruise lines need to do more other than depend on the respective countries to validate or to test suspected cases, or to quarantine and allow the rest of passengers to disembark,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, February 28, 2020 9:07:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “There are also plans to upgrade the Alexandria Hospital, and these plans have been in the making for some time,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, February 28, 2020 9:00:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton outlined : “Two doctors live on the compound now [but] we are going to increase that to five doctors. So, that means renovating the doctors’ accommodation, and that means those doctors can now work on shifts. So, with the extended hours, you will have more ­medical staff to give support to the demands of the ­system,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, February 28, 2020 9:00:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “It will encourage employers to pay more attention to worker satisfaction by engaging in non-work activities that promote wellness,” External link

jis Thursday, February 27, 2020 5:51:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “It will encourage employers to pay more attention to worker satisfaction by engaging in non-work activities that promote wellness,” External link

jis Thursday, February 27, 2020 5:51:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “There are also plans to upgrade the Alexandria Hospital, and these plans have been in the making for some time,” External link

jis Wednesday, February 26, 2020 6:30:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton outlined : “Two doctors live on the compound now [but] we are going to increase that to five doctors. So that means renovating the doctors’ accommodation, and that means those doctors can now work on shifts. So with the extended hours, you will have more medical staff to give support to the demand of the system,” “Also, the thing about the A&E is that you have to have a proper lab because you have to take blood tests and help to diagnose the concerns of the patients, and we are going to upgrade the lab to do all the necessary tests relevant to the A&E,” External link

jis Wednesday, February 26, 2020 6:30:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “This morning, one person in quarantine, having spent approximately eight days, was detected to have had an elevated temperature and as a consequence will be isolated as per our protocols,” External link

caribbean360 Wednesday, February 26, 2020 6:13:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “That relationship has definitely had a significant value where there have been gaps,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, February 26, 2020 12:50:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton added : “The clear and present danger today, for example of the Coronavirus, clearly requires a global approach and to not take that approach, places us all at risk and makes us weaker,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, February 26, 2020 12:50:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “We are going to unveil what the new Spanish Town Hospital will look like in about five to six months time, and we are going to break ground not too long after,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, February 22, 2020 11:44:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton told : “We have the capacity to provide them with adequate amenities, food, etc, and the medical staff to check to see that they are either stable or their condition suggests that a further investigation needs to take place,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, February 19, 2020 8:35:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Every year, 500 to 600 of you leave the profession here in Jamaica and board an airline to go somewhere else in the world. How many of you are preparing for that, let me see your hands?” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, February 18, 2020 9:02:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “If an accountant and a policeman can migrate, why shouldn’t a nurse be allowed to migrate too?” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, February 18, 2020 9:02:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Of the 17,000 persons who work in public health, between 4,000 and 5,000 fall in that category of nurses, midwives, and all other associated areas. You have the capacity to make the profession rise and shine, or, depending on your levels of motivation, compassion, caring, and technical competence, you also have the capacity to make the profession dull, boring, and even fail,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, February 18, 2020 9:02:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton told : “We've had nurses staying there, and we've had people staying there. It was the most appropriate at the time when we assessed it. It has bedrooms with bathrooms, and the first set of people we quarantined, the Jamaicans, that is, they're there. Some have been released and we have a few left there — about eight or nine. But these are not people who are isolated, meaning people who show symptoms. These are people who have travelled and come back from China and we have to quarantine them for 14 days,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, February 15, 2020 11:29:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton told : “I want to say to you, as students, make sure you love what you do, and if you don’t love it, leave it. The only way you’re going to practise with compassion is if your heart and soul is into it and it’s not for the money,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, February 15, 2020 9:42:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “We live in a society today where brutish behaviour is more the rule than the exception. If you approach your profession from a standpoint of being just about the pay cheque, you’re not going to be able to deal with the customer from hell, the most disagreeable client you can come across,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, February 15, 2020 9:42:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton added : “If you don’t have the right approach, a fight will break out in the hospital, and we’ve had a few of those. If you don’t appreciate that you’re dealing with a society where, unfortunately, law, order and good behaviour are more the exception than the rule, it becomes that much more of a stress and strain on you,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, February 15, 2020 9:42:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : "The virus is not here. We have introduced all the guidelines and principles to keep it out and like the rest of the world, as a country, we have been very good. We have been exceptionally good in keeping these viruses out of Jamaica. We need as a country and our people, to give credit to the public health system," External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, February 12, 2020 7:03:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The ministry will closely monitor this patient for any further development and we will advise the public as time progresses,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, February 11, 2020 8:41:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “We are engaged in ongoing efforts with stakeholders who identify additional quarantine facilities and we will advise the public of these developments. We do believe that the quarantine method works, as evidenced by this emerging situation, which we hope will not result in any further health risk, but nevertheless the precaution is very necessary,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, February 11, 2020 8:41:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “I hasten to add that wearing a medical mask is not recommended except for those persons who will be in close contact to symptomatic individuals. In fact, it may create a false sense of security that can lead to neglecting other essential measures, such as proper hand hygiene,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, February 9, 2020 8:33:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton told ( about James Head ) : “I did some tours in Kingston and I think we are all connected, but there is no doubt that St James is in place. They are very much alert, aware, are monitoring and putting in place the necessary infrastructure to deal with the situation,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, February 8, 2020 11:41:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton insisted : “We are working on that. We should have that sometime today [Thursday]” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, February 8, 2020 11:41:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “We have a country that, over the last 30 years, has not invested nearly enough in improving and enhancing the public health offerings in the country. I’m admitting that we should have done a lot more over the last three decades, and of our approximate population of three million people, 95 per cent of us only care about our health when we get sick,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, February 8, 2020 8:58:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton added : “The doctor doesn’t mean anything until you need a prescription, medication, or hospitalisation, and we don’t really think about the prevention message of eating right, getting rest and exercising every day, until we get sick. So the health profile of our population over many decades has gotten a lot worse, and the consequence is that more people are going to hospital, and there are longer hospital waits,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, February 8, 2020 8:58:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “We are a fun-loving people, we love to party, and we love the drinks and the herbs and spices, but it makes no sense that you live to age 60 and have to take 100 tablets, or that you’ll have to sit down for two hours to clean out your blood through dialysis,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, February 8, 2020 8:58:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton noted : “The key here is that we are engaging the critical personnel at our ports, [it is] not just about health care workers, it's all the persons who would have an opportunity or reason to interface with persons coming [through the ports],” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, February 6, 2020 8:30:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton explained : “The Ministry of Health [and Wellness] will be liaising with the various partners to see to its establishment. When you have threats of this type, it is better to create a national coordination which involves multiple stakeholders, multiple ministries,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, February 6, 2020 8:30:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton added : “This morning, we had a meeting with the Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Chinese Ambassador. Based on those discussions, the GOJ [Government of Jamaica] will continue its surveillance protocols, which are in alignment with international health regulations,” External link

caribbean360 Tuesday, February 4, 2020 1:40:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “We took a decision that a travel advisory would be issued where persons in China, who were planning to travel to the island will be advised or asked to remain in China,” External link

sunstkitts Tuesday, February 4, 2020 11:46:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “We have trained our border control and border protection health workers. All ports of entry need to be aware and step up their activities in terms of inspection, quarantining and questioning, where necessary,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, February 4, 2020 9:55:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “We have no confirmation yet of coronavirus, but she is being held out of an abundance of caution,” External link

stabroeknews Monday, February 3, 2020 9:32:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Quarantine facilities for these persons will be provided by the Government of Jamaica and persons will be required to adhere to all restrictions, in line with provisions under the Quarantine Act,” External link

stabroeknews Monday, February 3, 2020 9:32:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton told : "In recent years Jamaica has seen an increase in legal herb houses with branded ganja applications claiming to provide solutions to a variety of ailments from clinical to emotional," External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, February 2, 2020 9:23:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton added : "Before the new law, ganja was easily had on most street corners in Jamaica, but access and usage was always secured as a cautious experience, but today access is formal and the motivation or temptation for trial is wrapped in sophisticated packaging and a relaxed environment," External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, February 2, 2020 9:23:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “We have no confirmation yet of coronavirus, but she is being held out of an abundance of caution,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, February 2, 2020 8:36:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Quarantine facilities for these persons will be provided by the Government of Jamaica and persons will be required to adhere to all restrictions, in line with provisions under the Quarantine Act,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, February 2, 2020 8:36:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Quarantine facilities for these persons will be provided by the Government of Jamaica and persons will be required to adhere to all restrictions, in line with provisions under the Quarantine Act,” “Individuals returning from China who have been granted landing privileges and who show any symptom of the novel coronavirus will be put in immediate isolation. Isolation facilities are operational at all public hospitals, with a specialist facility available at the National Chest Hospital,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, February 1, 2020 9:40:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Our public health nurses or doctors have experience in dealing with these issues, whether it was the SARS, whether it is communicable diseases like malaria and yellow fever, our airport facilities, our border protection units are in place,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, February 1, 2020 8:48:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton admitted : “The truth is that if someone is in incubation period, there is nothing practical you can do except to give them appropriate advice and information,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, January 31, 2020 8:33:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Once you would have manoeuvred that, then those persons clearly would be allowed in but subject to appropriate quarantine arrangements [which] could be isolation, staying home for a period of time and [being] checked on by medical practitioners,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, January 30, 2020 9:19:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Once you would have manoeuvred that, then those persons clearly would be allowed in but subject to appropriate quarantine arrangements [which] could be isolation, staying home for a period of time and [being] checked on by medical practitioners,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, January 30, 2020 10:36:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Persons who were planning trips to China, whether Jamaicans or Chinese, we are advising them to postpone, at least for the time being, those travel arrangements that they would have made or are planning to make,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, January 29, 2020 9:17:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “We would ask those individuals, if they are not contacted, to make themselves available, either to their private physician or the public health system, because one of the other things that we would like to do is to do an assessment of those persons who have recently come into the island from China, via a third country,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, January 29, 2020 9:17:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “It is not my desire, it is the decision of the Government of Jamaica,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, January 29, 2020 9:17:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Let us not forget that Jamaica, as a country, with its existing infrastructure and existing personnel, has done what I believe is a remarkable job in managing external health risks,” “We have a fairly resilient system. Our personnel are adequately equipped, or they make themselves so, in the case of new threats, and I'm sure we will be able to manage this one” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, January 29, 2020 9:16:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “While we're focusing on dengue because it is now the current threat in terms of vector-borne diseases, and we have to deal with it I really want all of you to look at what we are doing today as a much bigger, broader theme of public health renewal, and the renewal of our infrastructure. This Government is on a mission to renew, to rebuild, and to make more effective our public health infrastructure,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, January 28, 2020 9:09:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “If you look at all the projections globally and the issues around climate change and the health profile of the world, you will see that these two vectors are going to become a much more clear and present danger to mankind. We cannot be business as usual in terms of the approach,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, January 28, 2020 9:09:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton added : “I am also predicting that you are going to see a lot of development and prosperity in the communities,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, January 27, 2020 9:11:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The audit of all the systems is currently being done and the reports are expected by mid-February, so I want to wait on that to make any further comment,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, January 27, 2020 9:11:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton added : “If we are going to fight crime in Jamaica, the Government alone cannot do it. When the police are supported by members of the community, you get to see the safety and security you have never seen before – if we decide to work together,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, January 27, 2020 8:52:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “We are working with the health department to fully carry through the work with the vector-control workers to continue to spray and treat breeding sites,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, January 25, 2020 9:11:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “My visit today is very special, as the students are here every day and their surroundings must be cared for. Therefore, we are going to spray this drain in the school to ease the possibility of mosquito breeding,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, January 25, 2020 9:11:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Persons who are in the country and who have the relevant symptoms could be taken in quarantine, and the areas where they would have visited or been exposed to, those areas would be visited and inspected to determine if there has been any transmission to others,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, January 23, 2020 8:58:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “No. I don’t know. No, I am not aware of this. If it comes to my attention I will investigate it and find out what is happening,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, January 21, 2020 3:43:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “So, there's a very aggressive recruitment drive because of global shortage and competition, and Jamaican nurses are particularly attractive. So I would say most go to the US...,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, January 20, 2020 10:09:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Last year saw six deaths... between January and June 2019 from flu (influenza A [H1N1] pdm09); a third of the deaths... have been persons over 60 years old,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, January 19, 2020 8:12:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Persons with the flu...should get adequate rest, drink plenty of fluids, avoid close contact with other persons, and avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth,” “Persons are also encouraged...to, as necessary, visit their doctor or health centre, some of which have extended opening hours” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, January 19, 2020 8:12:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton told : “Our position in Jamaica is that vaccines continue to save many lives. They are a very effective way to prevent certain ailments and are proven to do so, and we encourage take-up of them,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, January 18, 2020 9:25:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton stated : “In recent times, we’ve seen a re-emergence of the anti-vaccine lobby globally,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, January 18, 2020 9:25:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “In Jamaica, for certain vaccines, we continue to see almost universal coverage, but we cannot be complacent in terms of the pushback, so public information is always going to be very critical. I think a lot of it has to do with public education,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, January 18, 2020 9:25:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “We have expanded the fogging programme in high-risk communities across the island. We have engaged private contractors, where necessary, to do that and we will roll out the 35 vehicles to deal with the additional support for fogging,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, January 16, 2020 9:17:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “A lot of work has been done to tackle the outbreak; this [is a] major challenge that we face…that the region faces. The Government is committed to continuing the task, and we are taking a joined-up approach because we believe all of us have a role to play, starting with the citizens… and the Government agencies that are out there in the field,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, January 16, 2020 8:55:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “I wish to implore persons who fall in the high-risk groups, to ensure that they are vaccinated against the flu. At the same time, I encourage private healthcare providers to procure the influenza vaccine through private distributors, in order to provide for the general population,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, January 15, 2020 6:48:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Dengue, over the past year and a half, has been the worst it has ever been in the world, not in Jamaica alone… [and] in the Americas, dengue has been the most deadly,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, January 13, 2020 6:41:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said ( about Olivia Grange ) : “On the 24th, the 25th and the 26th of this month, Minister [of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport Olivia Grange and all the rest of us [Government Ministers] will have a National Clean-up Day, in recognition of ridding the country of solid waste as part of the dengue eradication drive,” “We want all citizens of Jamaica to be a part of that. We want every homeowner to look around their yards, take out the solid waste, put them out front and we are going to be working with National Solid Waste Management Authority and all the other agencies to rid this country of solid waste, because solid waste is a major cause of the dengue crisis that we face,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, January 11, 2020 10:02:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Dengue is endemic to Jamaica, because of the Aedes aegypti mosquito. The mosquito is the most deadly vector we have in the world; two million people globally per year are killed by the virus or otherwise that the mosquito transmits,” “We have to live with it; we have to coexist with it, but what we can do, is control the population, and control the ability of the Aedes aegypti mosquito to breed and to expand,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, January 11, 2020 10:02:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Otherwise, we use other mechanism, whether through mainstream media, visitation by the thousands of vector workers to speak to and encourage domestic management in terms of breeding sites, and so on. I am not suggesting that these areas don’t need fogging, and where there are complaints, we would report those and take actions, but the truth is, not all areas are treated the same because it’s based on the health risk related to a particular area,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, January 6, 2020 9:19:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Those times have evaporated somewhat, based on all the things we have seen as it relates to the security of personnel and medical persons, and that has been the case for a number of reasons,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, January 4, 2020 10:07:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The other part of the descriptive information is to ensure that people know that, as a Government, we take the absence of, or the threats, to whoever uses these facilities, whether patient or staff, very seriously and, as a Government, we [must] invest in security [for all],” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, January 4, 2020 10:07:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “This is another sad moment for West Central, following on the heels of the Dover tragedy,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, December 24, 2019 10:00:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton told : “It’s not true to say the blood test takes six weeks because when we send test samples to the Caribbean Public Health Agency in Trinidad, we have a five-day turnaround. Also, we’re now doing tests at the National Public Health Lab, so it’s not supposed to take that long, as they have the equipment and the personnel,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, December 17, 2019 10:03:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “We should not wait on the test [results] to administer treatment, so it is not as important as it is made out to be in the public domain. It’s really about how you deal with a particular case, and how quickly the case presents itself,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, December 17, 2019 10:03:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton stated : “I make a special appeal to all Jamaicans to partner with the Government by taking action, including searching your surroundings at home, workplace, school and communities for mosquito-breeding sites. I ask also that you support our routine vector control activities, by allowing the workers to safely carry out their duties. Jamaicans, prevention is better than cure, so let us destroy those mosquito- breeding sites. In the event, that you display symptoms including fever, headache, vomiting or rash, please visit your doctor or health centre to get treatment. At the same time, please exercise patience and cooperate with our health care workers. Together we can work to end this outbreak and to ensure that everyone, especially persons at high risk, including our children and the elderly are safe and in good health,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, December 15, 2019 8:57:00 AM EAT

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

jamaicaobserver Saturday, December 14, 2019 4:17:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Don’t try bush medicine before you see the doctor, and let the doctor direct you whether the bush medicine or something else should be tried,” “What we’ve done is to perfect the art of trying to apply our own prescription using our limited pharmacy, the medicine that’s normally located in the bathroom, to treat illness” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, December 14, 2019 9:25:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “I have no clinical evidence of papaya leaf as a remedy for dengue. Home remedies, including bush medicines, have delayed presentation in terms of persons coming to hospitals,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, December 12, 2019 10:10:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “As we approach the end of the year, the health sector faces its busiest time with an increase in vector-borne disease, gastroenteritis, influenza and influenza-like illnesses as well as trauma. As a result, there is an increase in waiting times as most public health facilities have been seeing increased numbers of patients,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, December 9, 2019 11:03:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Jamaicans, prevention is better than cure, so let us destroy those mosquito breeding sites. In the event that you display symptoms, including fever, headache, vomiting or rash, please visit your doctor or health centre to get treatment. At the same time, please exercise patience and cooperate with our health care workers. Together, we can work to end this outbreak and to ensure that everyone, especially persons at high risk, including our children and the elderly are safe and in good health,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, December 9, 2019 11:03:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton told : “I have not change any figure, I don’t make up figures, the figures are provided by the technocrats in the ministry,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, December 5, 2019 1:05:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Caring, even in that time of distress, sometimes requires privacy ... . In the not-too-distant future, I’ll be announcing a programme that will see some infrastructure upgrades at Bustamante Hospital for Children to facilitate the parents as they take care of their children,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, December 4, 2019 10:30:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton told : “I really still believe in the traditional view that it takes a village to raise a child…I want to say to Jamaicans, in keeping with the adverse consequences of modern times, that we need to get back to the days when the community can intervene in a way that is in the best interest of a child who needs guidance. Part of the challenge we face these days in Jamaica is that we have too many broken homes and broken families,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, December 4, 2019 9:36:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The nurses and staff at these facilities have to work tirelessly, sometimes for years, to meet the standards of certification, and we really have to give credit,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, December 4, 2019 9:36:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “We have stepped up where moral suasion has not worked. The law does allow us under the Public Health Act to work with the authorities to prosecute persons who are harbouring breeding sites in and around their homes,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, November 29, 2019 7:46:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “If we have to use the law, we will use the law. Ideally, we would like persons to recognise that it is in their self-interest to act, but, nevertheless, we have to do what is necessary to protect others if those individuals are creating the nuisance,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, November 29, 2019 7:46:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “For the life of me I can't understand why you're trying to help somebody and they're refusing the help in that kind of aggressive way. It's a reflection of the challenges we face with this issue, where people are just not retaining sufficiently to appreciate that there is a threat, that this has to be a part of the approach of dealing with that threat,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, November 29, 2019 8:37:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Over time I have evolved from fear to actively advocating for greater levels of tolerance. I've been more interactive with people affected by HIV and with vulnerable groups. I have become an advocate — both for anti-discrimination and for prevention. HIV does not have to be a death sentence. It can be treated, it can be controlled. If you take your meds you can live a long and fruitful life,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, November 26, 2019 9:15:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Civil society organisations are key partners. As part of the process we will identify which groups are best suited to deliver services. There are government systems in place for engaging service providers,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, November 26, 2019 9:15:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The truth is, now more than ever, we require the support of communities to ensure the effective implementation of our interventions but also long-term sustainability,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, November 24, 2019 9:04:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton told : “Components of that programme include customer-service training. It also includes enhancing the quality of wait – so the aesthetics of the wait environment, more comfort in terms of seating, and bathroom access,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, November 21, 2019 9:47:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Frankly speaking, my rallying cry is that oral health needs to be mainstreamed as part of the overall public health infrastructure. It is too much the exception as opposed to the rule,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, November 13, 2019 8:59:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “I don’t think there is any excuse for holding staff ransom and hostage, which is what the report indicated. That is unacceptable, and it really should be rejected in terms of that kind of practice and habit,” “I have asked for further determination on the matter. More specific, for example, is where the security guards were. We do pay a lot of money for security to be present all the time. I need to know what were the procedural breaches, and if there were none, the parent would have to be held accountable” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, November 12, 2019 9:39:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The truth is, it does require a certain level of infrastructure and personnel capacity,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, November 11, 2019 9:59:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton added : “Accepting machines have to also be linked into all the elements of the service provision, so I would say if there is a proposal, we can look at it and determine whether or not the other components that are going to be necessary, can be put in place,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, November 11, 2019 9:59:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Just as how you have restrictions around tobacco and alcohol because of the clear scientific evidence to suggest that at a young age consumption of those things are harmful, the science is very clear around excessive consumption of sugar and indeed of other things. This is why the nutrition policy as a holistic approach is necessary,” “We have done work to show that up to 70 per cent of our students consume one or more bottles of sugary drinks per day. On the associated challenges of premature illness and learning disability around obesity and premature illness, it is quite responsible for government to create an environment that is more conducive for young people to learn and develop. That is a duty that we have. I don't accept the issue around trying to restrict freedom of choice in this instance” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, November 10, 2019 9:05:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “First of all, you cannot have a system that is so fragile, knowing it has to cope with waste ... . There are technologies that can deal with such issues,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, November 4, 2019 5:29:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “They have some concerns, we have some, and we have written and we are awaiting a response,” External link

stabroeknews Sunday, November 3, 2019 5:29:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “They have some concerns, we have some, and we have written and we are awaiting a response,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, November 3, 2019 9:14:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “It is unfortunate and I don’t want to give it much credence because I don’t think much people are paying attention to it. The reality is that the vessel and its contents, including the people, are performing an important function. They have helped hundreds of thousands of persons in many countries across the world. There are Jamaicans on-board. Some people may think it’s foreigners. It is a global network of persons from many countries and we are happy to have them here. It’s in keeping with the partnership we continue to seek as we provide solutions to our issues,” External link

stabroeknews Thursday, October 31, 2019 2:23:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “It is unfortunate and I don't want to give it much credence because I don't think much people are paying attention to it. The reality is that the vessel and its contents, including the people, are performing an important function. They have helped hundreds of thousands of persons in many countries across the world. There are Jamaicans on-board. Some people may think it's foreigners. It is a global network of persons from many countries and we are happy to have them here. It's in keeping with the partnership we continue to seek as we provide solutions to our issues,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, October 31, 2019 8:58:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Have you ever been into one of these records rooms? If the dust doesn’t get you, then probably something else will,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, October 31, 2019 8:58:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The reality is that we have neglected equipping and re-equipping, and certainly maintaining the diagnostic equipment in our public health institutions. And as a consequence, we have this dilemma. This new programme is to address the immediate [needs] because of the pain and suffering which was identified with persons who couldn't afford to pay for private services,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, October 30, 2019 9:31:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton added : “What is more, the new facility is only one in a series of steps to overhaul the entire health sector infrastructure to ensure we are able to effectively respond to current and emergent demands, including the current communicable and non-communicable diseases burden,” “Today is a good day for public health in Jamaica and, in particular, for the close to 500,000 people served by the western health region,” External link

jis Friday, October 25, 2019 5:34:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Today is a good day for the people of Jamaica and the relationship between Jamaica and the people of China,” External link

stabroeknews Friday, October 25, 2019 9:41:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The mental-health statistics in the parishes of Hanover, St James, Trelawny, and Westmoreland suggest that more persons are coming forward, which is encouraging, but it also indicates the extent of the problem of mental illness,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, October 25, 2019 9:17:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Today is a good day for the people of Jamaica and the relationship between Jamaica and the people of China,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, October 24, 2019 8:43:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “This will be seen as a sort of interim measure that allows patients to wait, but wait in relative comfort while they are given initial treatment until they can be transferred to a hospital bed,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, October 24, 2019 8:43:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton told : “We had amended legislation to ban smoking in public, and what I have seen in my own way, in my own movements and this is anecdotal now is that people tend to be lighting up more marijuana sticks than tobacco. And it is almost as if there is a separation between smoking marijuana in public and smoking cigarettes in public,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, October 21, 2019 9:40:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “It is something that is worrying to me because of the mind-altering and brain-altering properties of marijuana. People driving and smoking at same time, and all the potential risk that that poses from a public health perspective... It is a discussion that we need to have in Government and the enforcement of the law,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, October 21, 2019 9:40:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said ( about Horace Chan ) : “We have jurisdiction under the Public Health Act where we can cite establishments for allowing smoking in public, but also the minister of national security, my colleague Minister Chang, and I are having discussions as to how we can improve the enforcement mechanism. But I am prepared to say it is a problem,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, October 21, 2019 9:40:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton argued : “While we have made some progress in terms of the amendments to the legislation, and for the most part it is observed, there is an emerging trend of persons smoking in public and, in particular, there is an interpretation that the relaxation of the laws around marijuana consumption also supports marijuana consumption or smoking in public. And that is something that the new comprehensive legislation that we are coming with will address, very comprehensively all types of smoking. But, in the meantime, I think it is something that we need to take some public position on,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, October 21, 2019 9:40:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Some persons have been in the hospital for five to seven years. They have been abandoned by their loved ones and we intend to test the legal system and compel them to care for their own, similar to how fathers are ordered by the Family Court to take care of their children,” “We do not know what the court may rule, but we are not going to allow this to continue” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, October 20, 2019 6:36:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Our primary healthcare system and, by extension, our health centres have to be the backbone of our public-health infrastructure as a country,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, October 18, 2019 9:33:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton added : “It’s in these small buildings, not the big hospitals, that mothers must get advice on their children, where children must get their regular check-ups, and where visitations must take place in the homes and communities to reduce the risk of persons leading lives that develop into bad habits, which develop into premature illness and, ultimately, death,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, October 18, 2019 9:33:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “One of the biggest challenges we face in public health today is to get Jamaicans to come to terms with their role in preserving themselves ... and to restore credibility to our primary healthcare infrastructure so that the person who lives down the road doesn’t take a taxi and drive past the clinic to go to the Cornwall Regional Hospital but stops at the clinic first,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, October 18, 2019 9:33:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton noted : “These deficiencies are fuel for infections acquired in healthcare settings, which are the most frequent adverse events in healthcare delivery worldwide,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, October 16, 2019 5:46:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “I want to place on record our appreciation for these acts of goodwill to Jamaica,” “The truth is that Government can’t do everything on its own, and this is not an excuse; it is a reality, particularly as it relates to public health, as the demands of the system keep getting more and more,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, October 16, 2019 10:39:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “have not been going to work” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, October 16, 2019 8:17:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton pointed out : “Ideally, I am told, you really want 80 per cent access minimum to make meaningful impact. We are closer to 60 per cent. I am told we need to do about 135,000 visitations per month and we are [at] about 60 per cent, largely because of the refusal to allow workers to access premises,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, October 16, 2019 8:17:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “I think, for the most part, they are out there, except that I would say we need to tighten up the supervisory management in some of the areas because I do think we could be a little more effective in terms of supervision,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, October 16, 2019 8:17:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton told : “We are very concerned and we have been observing very closely the information coming out of the US, both at the federal and the state levels, where vaping is becoming very common and is now being suspected for a number of deaths, and as a consequence a number of states have taken the position to ban the practice,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, October 14, 2019 1:42:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “I have asked the chief medical officer in the ministry to examine the reports that are coming out of those jurisdictions and to assess the clinical side of that information with the intention of, in the worst-case scenario, doing similar to what was announced in terms of a ban, but at least if not, for the time being, offering an advisory or warning to those who offer this particular type of product or practice,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, October 14, 2019 1:42:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The ministry is looking at that, with the intention of having discussions with the Ministry of Education to see what extent the protocols within the schools can be adjusted to monitor more closely the possibility of the practice taking place, and take whatever action necessary to stamp it out. But it is a major concern — I am certainly concerned about it. And as you know, from a public health perspective we do not support any form of smoking,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, October 14, 2019 1:42:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “We are coming, by the end of the year, with comprehensive legislation to address a number of areas that we think are important to further discouraging tobacco consumption. Things like advertising will be a big part in discouraging, eliminating, and discontinuing that practice,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, October 14, 2019 8:17:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton stated : “Our global school health survey suggests that approximately 15 per cent of our high-school population uses tobacco at some point in time. For us, that’s 15 per cent too many and, of course, at a time when these youngsters are developing. Their brains are still developing, and it is a very fragile time for them,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, October 14, 2019 8:17:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “We’ve been observing the information coming out of the United States, where vaping is now suspected for a number of deaths. I’ve asked the ministry’s chief medical officer to examine the reports coming out of those jurisdictions and to assess the clinical side of that information,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, October 14, 2019 8:17:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The campaign is intended to say to Jamaicans, let us talk about mental illness; let us try to understand what mental illness is as a starting point to addressing the challenge of mental illness. Don’t be afraid, don’t be shy, understand that it is something that we need to deal with,” “Today, World Mental Health Day (October 10)…. I am challenging the Jamaican people, let us rid our minds of that perception, face the realities around mental illness and deal with it in a way that advances a more progressive and productive arrangement to solving the challenges around mental illness,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, October 11, 2019 8:54:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “I pause to make the argument that there is a direct relationship between the illicit trade and the extent of taxes, and I, as one who studies economics have heard that theory advanced in other quarters, and I wanted to check to see for myself what the evidence suggests or supports,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, October 11, 2019 12:57:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton told : “Right now it is not so much an issue of resources, or lack thereof, because we are engaged in a number of initiatives. The issue is the severity of the outbreak, and I will not dismiss the fact that it is a regional outbreak that is caused by weather patterns,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, October 11, 2019 11:19:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said ( about Aedes Aegypti ) : “Since January 2019, the ministry has intensified its dengue prevention and control activities, with further intensification in July and again in September. Response activities involved strengthening surveillance case management and vector-control management. The vector-control management strategy includes strengthening human resource capacity and supporting efforts to decrease the Aedes Aegypti mosquito islandwide,” “The ministry’s public relations unit implemented a robust public education campaign, and additional activities continued and intensified in September 2019, with greater emphasis on early warning signs for severe dengue. Distribution of updated material and messages promoting risk communication and educating the public through flyers, brochures, and social media, is ongoing. There is continued resensitisation of clinical staff both public and private physicians,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, October 11, 2019 9:27:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Right now, it is not so much an issue of resources or the lack thereof, we can locate more resources if necessary. The issue is the severity of the outbreak. The reality is, as a region we are faced with the calamity based on environmental factors,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, October 10, 2019 9:53:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton told : “This is what I am getting from the clinicians those that have done tests to confirm the deaths. The notifications are what the doctors initially report, based on clinical symptoms, prior to the actual tests; and so when tested, the numbers come significantly down,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, October 10, 2019 9:53:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton stated : “The rest of us have to take particular precautions. Early detection is absolutely critical,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, October 10, 2019 9:53:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “We all have that issue…and because we're a tourism destination, it is even more important. So [based on] the links between the tourism and domestic population, it threatens our industry, our primary foreign exchange earner; primary job creation activities; [and] it threatens our domestic life in terms of the dengue issue and our response to that,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, October 9, 2019 8:25:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “We all have that issue… and because we’re a tourism destination, it is even more important. So [based on] the links between the tourism and domestic population, it threatens our industry, our primary foreign exchange earner; primary job creation activities; [and] it threatens our domestic life in terms of the dengue issue and our response to that,” External link

jis Tuesday, October 8, 2019 7:02:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Congratulations to the Kind Hearts Foundation and WGTR (We Got The Runs) for staging yet another successful event, which is evident by the number of people that are here today to participate in the race. Events like the Colour Me Happy 5K give us a great platform to spread the word about the Jamaica Moves initiative, which promotes the importance of wellness through daily physical activities, proper nutrition, and health checks to reduce the risk of developing a non-communicable disease. We’re therefore very happy to be part of this event for another year,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, October 8, 2019 11:59:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “We are focusing on a few services now. Possibly, we will expand overtime. CT scans, MRI scans, ultrasounds, endoscopy and histopathology – those are the key services that form part of this agreement, and many public health facilities throughout Jamaica, at any point in time, will not be able to provide those services,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, September 26, 2019 10:13:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The second and more sustainable long term initiative under this programme is to restore the credibility of our hospitals across the country by equipping them with diagnostic machines,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, September 26, 2019 10:13:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “This is what universal access is all about… We estimate that over 60,000 people will benefit and it will cost the Government approximately $200 million over the next year,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, September 26, 2019 9:46:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton explained : “Today, I am happy to announce that we have already commenced the procurement process for a range of important diagnostic equipment. These will be placed in hospitals, based on the type of hospital and the equipment required,” “The last time we did this kind of overhaul was for World Cup cricket in 2007. These equipment are now outdated, and this is why we have so much downtime. In keeping with our commitment to universal access we will, therefore, be spending $1.8 billion over the next year to equip our hospitals,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, September 26, 2019 9:46:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Today, we are ready to accept, in a genuine and sincere way, that while we have ensured access, there are challenges to the quality of that access and people do wait long… and some people die waiting,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, September 26, 2019 9:46:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “I am saying to the population, bleaching cream is unhealthy. It’s not going to make you look better and enjoy longevity of life. It won’t solve the aging issue,” External link

themontserratreporter Friday, September 20, 2019 2:43:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Although breastfeeding is the mother’s domain, with close support from fathers, partners, families, workplaces and communities, breastfeeding will improve,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, September 18, 2019 7:22:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “One of the things I would like to recommend is that one day we come to table, not just to announce the equipment, but to announce a few technically competent skill sets that will work with us to transfer some of that knowledge so that we ultimately will be able to do it on our own, and I am prepared to discuss and negotiate that with you,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, September 17, 2019 10:15:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “We have quite a number of workers now to be deployed in the field where we have also increased the logistic support for them. We have also made available materials for them to visit the different locations. We take the issue of dengue very seriously and we don’t want the people of St. Elizabeth to be badly affected,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, September 17, 2019 1:20:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “We have engaged and deployed the temporary workers, and in this parish, we have 63 temporary workers to support the efforts of the 11 permanent staff at the health department. We have agreed that we will further increase the temporary staff by an additional 30 persons,” “We want to get close to 100 temporary staff to work with the 11 permanent staff to create more teams to be deployed in the communities across the parish. We have also agreed to increase the number of vehicles to carry people and equipment and to engage a few private contractors for fogging,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, September 16, 2019 9:31:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The prevention of dengue starts with personal responsibility, and prevention starts with what we do in and around our homes. The vast majority of times, the breeding sites are located in and round our homes through the improper storage of solid waste, or through deliberate storage of potable water which is not properly covered,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, September 16, 2019 9:31:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “This means that Jamaica will have [more] older persons than you will have younger persons. And again, from a policy standpoint, from an individual standpoint, from a community and family standpoint in terms of the future, it has significant implications,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, September 12, 2019 9:45:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Anything that has to do with training is not health,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, September 11, 2019 9:02:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “On the Chinese-financed hospital, we’ll have final approval of the designs for the new facility at the level of the parish council (municipal corporation) in short order, and I’m hoping we’ll officially break ground as early as next month – if not before. I’m encouraged that once the work starts, we’ll continue straight through to completion,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, September 10, 2019 9:26:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton stated : “The staff at the hospital continues to provide all the critical services required by the people of St James and its environs. There’s the radiology unit, emergency, surgery, and, of course, we have inpatient care,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, September 10, 2019 9:26:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton added : “There is a team on site from China, and they have set up their administrative facilities and have started to clear sections of the compound, and once you get there, you’ll see their presence visibly. Work is happening there, but the official breaking of ground will happen in short order,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, September 10, 2019 9:26:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “I had a meeting with the Western Regional Health Authority and the hospital staff, getting a brief on the technical work on the building, as well as the services that are provided. There are two major contractors that are doing a new roof and addressing the gutting of floors to reinstall plumbing, electrics, and partitions, to clear out the original internals of the building, and that’s going on as we speak,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, September 10, 2019 9:26:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “For every one social case living in the hospital, we deprive 49 other patients access to a bed over a one-year period for five days or less. The 200 social cases across Jamaica also deprive nearly 10,000 persons from having a bed in the hospital. That is significant when you have someone who occupies a bed and has become a guest of a public health institution; it was not intended for that,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, September 10, 2019 8:37:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton stated : “I think there is no debating that we are threatened as a people based on a range of healthcare ailments that we have,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, August 30, 2019 9:55:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “It adds to the burden of our illness profile in the country and begs a response that goes beyond putting in hospital beds and operating theatres, but also carrying a message to overcome some of the perceptions that are associated with cancer,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, August 30, 2019 8:53:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Over the last number of months, we have commissioned or are in the process of commissioning studies to establish baseline arrangements around trans-fats, how much of it is in our society and how much of it is consumed or used. The baseline of sodium is something that we are working on and, we are engaging the experts to give us that information as part of the consumer awareness and the development of sound policy going forward,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, August 29, 2019 6:20:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton explained : “If you were to look at the package that is offered between nurse and the recruitment and pre-selection, then you would perhaps misinterpret that to suggest that that nurse is being compensated more than a local nurse. The reality is that there are more issues around that overall packaging of the compensation than what would be the case if we were to hire a local nurse,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, August 29, 2019 8:49:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton added : “People oftentimes just pull a number out of the air and say, 'Boy, the Cuban nurse is earning twice the amount of the local nurse', and that's not really fair to the nurse because that's not necessarily what is the case. And, frankly speaking, it is universally accepted that if persons have to relocate from one country to the next, then they should be appropriately compensated,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, August 29, 2019 8:49:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The world has a nursing shortage and a nurse who is well-trained and has the experience — and Jamaica does very well at that — is going. They are demanded... That's the reality we face. That's the environment that we exist in. So we can't engage in a process of analysis to paralysis and beating upon ourselves to say, 'Boy, this is unacceptable and we need to do more'. Yes, we need to do more, but we need to start from the standpoint of accepting that this is an industry that is very mobile and oftentimes exercises the right, the option, to move from one place to the next in search of better conditions, better resources, remuneration, a better life. Jamaica just cannot compete with some of the offerings that are out there based on the demand...,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, August 29, 2019 8:49:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “We have agreed and we’ll be mobilising $130 million to these agencies for critical support in the field,” External link

antiguaobserver Wednesday, August 28, 2019 9:51:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “We are looking at all parishes and taking the approach and response seriously and urging citizens to be alert to the potential risks around mosquito-breeding sites,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, August 28, 2019 9:33:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The country is in a high state of alertness around the potential health challenges around dengue and Aedes aegypti mosquito,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, August 28, 2019 9:33:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton disclosed : “So he is to report to me by the end of September on what his recommendations are,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, August 28, 2019 8:46:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “We also had 187,801 admissions for care, conducted 40,477 operations and assisted in the delivery of 32,890 babies — in addition to providing 380,164 diagnostic imagining services and 8,356,990 laboratory tests,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, August 20, 2019 8:50:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “As Caribbean people with similar experiences and challenges, we have to work together to take care better of ourselves so that we have a better quality of life. It is important that we have fun while we exercise, whether running, swimming or hiking, cycling. I am proud of St Kitts and Nevis for joining the initiative; welcome aboard the fight to beat NCDs,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, August 14, 2019 9:05:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton told : “There is that issue of the lack of supervision and that's something the system needs to tighten up on. The reality is that the senior medical officers (SMOs), within the hospital context, should play a greater role, I believe, in coordinating that type of arrangement for the support,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, August 14, 2019 8:47:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The challenges of equipment are there but it is something that we've recognised and we are working towards [fixing]. Having said all of that, I am prepared to say that the system has many challenges but it should not be described as being broken. The system works,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, August 14, 2019 8:47:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “It conducts a range of other supporting services that see life expectancy, many of those international indicators, being at a relatively high level... So when you look at infant mortality and so on, these are indicators that show that as a country we have made progress, but the reality is that we still have some way to go. What I would want not to happen is that we condemn the system as a total failure when the truth is the system and those who work in it have been responsive to the challenges. We just have to keep working to improve what we have,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, August 14, 2019 8:47:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “In Jamaica we have our own challenge of obesity and lifestyle diseases, and so the NCDs epidemic needs a response and we have tried to confront that challenge with the Jamaica Moves movement, as well as several other activities, but clearly we have to collaborate as one Caribbean people and I think what we had here this morning and from yesterday (Friday 9) afternoon is an indication that St. Kitts and Nevis is ready for this challenge as signed on with the leadership of the prime minister and it is just now for us to demonstrate sustainability over time,” External link

sunstkitts Monday, August 12, 2019 8:25:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “If there are cases that are discovered there is a hearing and appropriate action is taken,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, August 12, 2019 9:08:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Can you imagine if that was allowed across the board? First of all, private pharmacies wouldn't sell anything and the cost of drugs would skyrocket. So what we have said to persons is if you want the public drugs, go to a public facility, otherwise, get an NHF card and benefit from the discount that the NHF allows if you qualify under those 17 illness categories,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, August 5, 2019 11:09:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “We have had good response to the adoptions. So far, we have done over 10 (clinics) but we have another 20 or 30 that are being lined up based on expressions of interest from a combination of local entities as well as overseas companies,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, August 4, 2019 8:32:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “There is no doubt that Jamaica’s development has benefited significantly from the input, the capabilities and the particular strengths in areas of business and commerce, and that integration is what makes us a country somewhat unique,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, August 3, 2019 9:02:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “This practice of dropping off your loved ones at accident and emergency (A and E) and driving away and leaving them and having the expectations that the public health system is going to take care of them by putting them in a bed, giving them three meals a day, [giving them] medication where they need it… but totally forgetting about your own duty and responsibility to those persons…is immoral and we're going to have to challenge the legality of it,” “I am saying to the country and those who are so inclined to stop it because we intend to use the courts to challenge the legality of people abandoning their loved ones in our hospital system,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, July 31, 2019 9:02:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “This practice of dropping off your loved ones at Accident and Emergency and driving away and leaving them and having the expectations that the public health system is going to take care of them by putting them in a bed, giving them three meals a day, [giving them] medication where they need it… but totally forgetting about your own duty and responsibility to those persons…is immoral and we're going to have to challenge the legality of it,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, July 30, 2019 6:35:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “This project has been long in gestation. I’m glad it’s at the point where we can make it available. I say read with an open mind, with a critical mind, and as the title suggests, and the conclusion, you will see, your destiny starts with your state of mind,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, July 29, 2019 8:56:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton told : “We have just started preliminary negotiations with Nigeria. Years ago Jamaica had a very good relation as it relates to medical exchanges with Nigeria. That had fallen off when there was a military government in that country. Recently I met with the Nigerian high commissioner here… where we discussed a resumption of that arrangement,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, July 28, 2019 8:55:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton added : “They have a supply and we have had a relationship with them in the past,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, July 28, 2019 8:55:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “What this has done is allow us to recruit and train more nurses and use bilateral arrangements to provide the clinical rotation component of the training, so we can put more people into the system. That programme will basically double the capacity of critical care trained nurses,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, July 28, 2019 8:55:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “There are about 200 nurses and doctors expected in the island soon from Cuba, which has been our main recruitment ground. The team just came back about a month ago and we have signed off on the about 200. Not all of them are critical care but they are advanced, and that will help to alleviate the problem also,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, July 28, 2019 8:55:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “We are also reinforcing our laboratory response capabilities and preparing isolation areas at our public health facilities. Back in 2015, we had procured Personal Protective Equipment, which were distributed to hospitals. We also put in storage emergency stock at the Ministry’s Central Stores. We are now doing an inventory of these items and additional items will be procured as required,” External link

caribbean360 Friday, July 26, 2019 10:39:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “Given the relatively robust surveillance and infection prevention and control practices in Jamaica, the public can be reassured that the current emergency response arrangements are in place to enable an appropriate response in the event of the introduction of the ebola virus disease into the country,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, July 24, 2019 2:02:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton added : “The Ministry will also be ensuring capacities for readiness which includes addressing stock levels of critical equipment and supplies, protocols for specimen and patient transportation and reporting requirements,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, July 24, 2019 2:02:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “one of the things we will never want to happen is that we have people who are generous to give, but they do not see what their giving has resulted in” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, July 22, 2019 7:14:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “I am pleased to see the results from the audit that I requested, examining the infrastructural needs of the major hospitals, specifically the state of the hospital elevators. It is important that we change the mode of planning in public health from one of reactive, to strategic. "In addition to the new elevators, the health authority and the hospitals are also to develop a maintenance plan as well as a training programme for their technicians, who will have responsibility to ensure that the equipment is always fully functional,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, July 15, 2019 10:39:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “The opening is an indication that things have been going in the right direction, certainly as it relates to public health in the parish,” “I have no doubt that the 120,000 citizens of this parish, the 40,000 who use different services here in a given year, will find this enhanced facility quite useful, and it will tap into the overall development of the parish,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, July 7, 2019 12:36:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said ( about National Health ) : “Also at the Ministry of Health and Wellness, we are about forward planning, so the construction of this new 3,000-square-foot DrugServ [Pharmacy] is about more than meeting the current level of need,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, July 6, 2019 12:11:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “These are the things that are sometimes taken for granted that should be the norm and not the exception. So the Compassionate Care Programme is really a customer service programme,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, July 6, 2019 9:38:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “I am aware of the situation. I have visited there several times, and the national security minister and I have spoken, and there are some plans on the way to address the situation in a more permanent way,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, July 4, 2019 9:05:00 AM EAT

Christopher Tufton stated : “I think we are managing the process and treating patients at the same time, which is a challenge that I think very few of us have had to face in the past while treating patients,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, July 1, 2019 12:29:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said : “It means that no one who is unfortunate to have these trauma- related cases, whether it is a motor vehicle accident, a gunshot wound or a heart attack as the case may be, who visit these facilities will get less than the absolute best quality service based on the doctors who are here, the nurses who are here and now based on the facility, the infrastructure and equipment that are here,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, July 1, 2019 12:29:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton stated : “I am told that [with] the technology-driven radiology unit, we no longer offer wet processing film for the unit, instead they have joined the era of digital radiography, thanks to the European Union programme for the Reduction of Maternity and Child Mortality Programme,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, July 1, 2019 12:29:00 PM EAT

Christopher Tufton said :