Jamaicans to be trained by PAHO to test for coronavirus

Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr the Christopher Tufton (centre), listens to Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) Representative to Jamaica, Dr Bernadette Theodore-Gandi (left), at a press conference at the Ministry of Health and Wellness, in New Kingston, on February 10. At right is Chief Medical Officer, Dr Jacquiline Bisasor-McKenzie. (Photo: JIS)

KINGSTON, Jamaica — A team from the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) will arrive in the island on tomorrow to train local staff on how to test for the coronavirus.
Chief Medical Officer Dr Jacquiline Bisasor-McKenzie made the announcement at a press conference at the Ministry of Health and Wellness in New Kingston yesterday where an update on the disease was provided.

“In Jamaica, we are developing our own capacity to test. A PAHO team will be coming to train our laboratory staff to do testing. By the following week we expect that we will have the capacity to test,” Bisasor-McKenzie said.  

“This is very fortunate for us, because it’s not every country [that] is going to have that capacity, but because we have a National Influenza Centre that is located at the University of the West Indies, we are fortunate to be able to be given this opportunity to be able to do our own testing. In the interim, we have testing that is being done at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and at the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA),” she added.