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Over 300 trained in Coronavirus Response

Feb. 10, 2020

The Ministry of Health and Wellness has trained some 329 frontline employees at the Norman Manley International and Sangster’s International Airports, as Jamaica continues its preparedness for a possible introduction of the novel coronavirus to the island. Persons facilitated in the training programme included employees from Immigration, Customs, Port Health, Airport Police, Jamaica Fire Brigade, Aviation Services, various Airlines personnel and managers at Ports.

The training focused on the role and responsibilities of the point of entries staff and employees to remain observant and vigilant and how to tactically identify infectious or potentially infectious persons and to swiftly implement appropriate interventions such as quarantine, when deemed necessary.

The novel coronavirus was first reported in Wuhan, China last year. Symptoms include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath, and breathing difficulties. More severe infections can cause pneumonia, kidney failure and even death.

The World Health Organization has declared the novel Coronavirus as a global health emergency.