Parliament Presentations

National Statement: COVID-19 Delivered by the Minister of Health & Wellness Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton

🕔 March 2, 2020

The new Coronavirus (COVID-19) has spread to more than 60 countries, fueling widespread anxiety, as many consider the implications for public health.    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… Read More



Statement of the Minister of Health & Wellness Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, M.P. Press Briefing: Coronavirus & Dengue Update

🕔 February 5, 2020

CORONAVIRUS The Government of Jamaica remains vigilant in its efforts to protect the population from the novel Coronavirus. Cabinet has instructed that a National Coordinating Mechanism be established and the Ministry of Health and Wellness will be liaising with the various partners to see to its establishment. The restrictions on… Read More



Parliamentary Statement of the Minister of Health & Wellness Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, MP. Re: Jamaica’s Readiness for the Coronavirus

🕔 January 29, 2020

Mr. Speaker, I rise to advise this honourable house and the nation on Jamaica’s preparedness for the new Coronavirus.   In December 2019, the World Health Organization (WHO) was alerted to several cases of pneumonia in Wuhan City, China, but the virus did not match any other known viruses. Subsequently,… Read More



Statement of the Minister of Health & Wellness Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton – Coronavirus Press Briefing

🕔 January 28, 2020

There is no truth to the claim that there is a case of the new Coronavirus at the University Hospital of the West Indies. Dr. Bruce, Medical Chief of Staff at the UHWI, will elaborate. Ladies and gentlemen of the press, a statement will later today be made to Parliament…. Read More



Parliamentary Statement Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, MP Re: Influenza Season 2019/2020

🕔 January 15, 2020

Mr. Speaker, I wish to update this honourable house and again members of the public, regarding the status of Influenza in Jamaica. Every year, influenza activity in Jamaica begins to increase in October to November, peaks between December to March, and can last until May. Influenza is a viral infection,… Read More