JMDA President Dr Mindi Fitz-Henley
With a large number of junior doctors in isolation or quarantine due to COVID-19, the Jamaica Medical Doctors Association (JMDA) has requested that health facilities begin operating in emergency mode.
The President of the Association, Dr. Mindi Fitz-Henley, told Radio Jamaica News that there is an island-wide disruption in the ability of doctors to provide adequate patient care.
She said an urgent meeting is to be held on Monday with Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton to discuss the crisis.
She has also expressed concern about the impact of COVID-19 on healthcare personnel, confirming that there's "a very large amount of doctors who are currently out sick".
She said the ones who are still working have to "take up the slack" for those who are out.
It was therefore not feasible to operate as if it is "business as usual... makes no sense," she declared.
The JMDA will prioritize the wellbeing of junior doctors, she stressed.