Health Worker Slams Behavior of Some Quarantined Returned Jamaicans

Friday, May 15, 2020, 8:42 PM GMT-5

Amidst the prevailing situation of COVID-19, the Jamaican government introduced a controlled reentry program to allow Jamaicans stuck abroad to return to their homes.

Around 10 health volunteers have been given the job of facilitating the approximately 160 quarantining Jamaicans at a hotel. However, everything hasn’t been very smooth and there have been many complaints recorded by health workers and the quarantined alike.


According to the returning home-Jamaicans, those attending to them have a very unprofessional and non-empathetic attitude. Meals have been served inconsistently and several times have been inedible.

There has been a strong and annoying smell of bleach in the corridors that creeps into the rooms of the quarantined and chokes them. The nurses argue that they are stretched to their limits trying to accommodate everyone: distributing food, maintaining hygiene, and risking their lives only to face the non-serious and unthankful behavior from the quarantined who have been rebelling against the quarantine process.

The government has taken note of the complaints and Dunstan Henry, the Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Health and Wellness, has promised that the problems of the quarantine will be made better by the needed measures.

Dr. Christopher Tufton, the Health Minister, appealed to the people to follow the laid-out process to minimize the spread of this very highly contagious virus and help the country flatten the curve.

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