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NAJ not surprised healthcare worker diagnosed with coronavirus

Carmen Johnson
 
Nurses Association of Jamaica (NAJ) President Carmen Johnson has said it was expected that a healthcare worker would have contracted the coronavirus.
 
However, Ms Johnson said it was hoped it would not have been so soon.
 
News came Sunday night that a 45 year old female healthcare worker, who was a contact of a confirmed case, was among four new cases of the highly contagious respiratory illness, bringing the number of coronavirus cases in Jamaica to 36.
 
Speaking with Radio Jamaica News Monday, the NAJ president said it is not unusual for healthcare workers to contract diseases from patients. 
 
She added that the situation is not a matter of grave concern and said the health worker will be isolated as is the protocol for persons who contract the disease.  
 
The Ministry of Health has not given details on the healthcare worker.
 
Shortfall in nurses 
 
Ms Johnson said the public healthcare system continues to operate with a shortfall in nurses.
 
The NAJ president said there was a boost to the system last year, but it is still not enough. 
 
Some 140 Cuban healthcare professionals are in Jamaica to help in the coronavirus fight.
 
However, they are completing a 14-day quarantine.
 
They arrived on March 21.
 


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