Parliament Presentations

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



Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, MP National Broadcast Statement – Dengue Outbreak Update

🕔 December 8, 2019

Good evening, As we approach the end of the year, the health sector faces its busiest time with 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 will be… Read More



Parliamentary Statement Minister of Health and Wellness Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, MP Re: Billion-Dollar Spend for Enhanced Intervention – Dengue Response

🕔 November 12, 2019

Mr. Speaker, I rise to give an update to this honourable house and the nation on the current and ongoing challenge of the Dengue Outbreak that the country faces. This honourable house will recall, Mr. Speaker, that the Pan-American Health Organisation (PAHO) has declared a pandemic in the Latin America… Read More