Ministry of Health Hires 40 Nurses as Part of Response to COVID-19

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The Accident and Emergency (A&E) Department at the Milton Cato Memorial Hospital (MCMH) was on Thursday (Mar. 19) night temporary closed, relocating services to the Kingstown District Clinic, as a person presenting with flu-like symptoms visited the hospital seeking care. The person was assessed in the isolation unit.

The patient was found not to meet the criteria suggestive of COVID-19 and was treated and discharged.

Minister of Health, Wellness and the Environment, Hon. Luke Browne advised on Friday (Mar. 20) morning that A&E services have resumed.

Minister Browne also informed that the government is working on a multi-million dollar stimulus package as part of the response to COVID-19.

As part of this, forty (40) additional nurses will be hired for deployment to hotels and ports of entry to strengthen screening, surveillance and medical support. An orientation meeting was scheduled for Friday (Mar. 20) morning.

The Health Emergency Operating Centre has been activated under the direction of the Chief Medical Officer, Simone Keizer-Beache.

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This group is responsible for coordinating all aspects of national health response to the COVID-19 pandemic. It consists of several persons including Health Disaster Coordinator – Donna Bascombe; Chief Laboratory Technologist – Elliott Samuel; Dr. Charmaine Bailey-Rogers; Hotline Operators as well as other personnel/officers.