Jamaica has recruited 1,300 new community health aids to strengthen the country's public health system under a new strategic framework designed to ensure that the population can live their normal lives despite the presence of COVID-19. That means stretched medical services will get invaluable support.
Health and Wellness Minister Dr Christopher Tufton outlined in Parliament what he termed the “new normal” which, he said, is underpinned to protecting the population from harmful health outcomes, particularly vulnerable communities; ensuring productive engagement of individuals within the society and creating an environment where citizens can participate in meaningful social activities that enrich their lives and the lives of all with whom they interact.
“Within this new strategic framework, the prioritisation of public health and the re-introduction of an ‘everyone counts’ approach to policy must form part of the way in which we must now live and operate,” Dr Tufton said.
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