Minister of Health and Wellness Dr Christopher Tufton, who is joined by Chief Medical Officer Dr Jacquiline Bisasor-Mckenzie makes a point during yesterday’s media briefing at his New Kingston offices.
AS the threat of the novel coronavirus looms, Health and Wellness Minister Dr Christopher Tufton is urging Jamaicans to refrain from stigmatising Chinese nationals and Jamaicans of Chinese descent.
Responding to questions from the Jamaica Observer at a media briefing to update the country on the Government’s efforts to protect the population yesterday, Dr Tufton said the issue of stigma must be included in the awareness narrative.
“I want to make it clear again that our efforts to minimise the risk of is in the interest of humanity, we are working to protect the country as other countries are doing around the world, but as far as we are concerned we are doing so in the interest of humanity, including the Chinese population who themselves are doing a lot in their country,” he stated.
The health minister said the actions being taken by Chinese authorities include many of the measures that are being taken here.
“We certainly share the concerns that they share and we are as best as possible is coordinating with them to ensure that we solve this problem together. So it (our actions) should not be interpreted as being discriminatory, because that certainly [is] not the intention, and we would encourage Jamaicans not to take that approach either.