Nursing homes in the time of COVID-19

Letters to the Editor

Nursing homes in the time of COVID-19

Thursday, May 07, 2020

Print this page Email A Friend!


Dear Editor,

I am beyond concerned that it has taken now for the minister of health to become alarmed that only 35 of 185 nursing homes in Jamaica are registered.

I have a small, registered nursing home in Manchester and asked of colleagues about two weeks ago as to whether they had received guidance from the Ministry of Health and Wellness. None of those I asked had. Neither had I. So as vice-president of our nursing homes association here in the southern region (ASHROHE), I coordinated the production of guidelines for our own use. Not too long after I was able to get a copy of the ministry's guidelines which, up to then, no one I know had seen.

I am so very sorry that the minister has taken this approach, since being registered is not always the same as being effective at carrying out the job of good care in a nursing home. Indeed, after always being registered, I went through a long patch of not being able to secure my re-registration. There were many reasons for this, despite avid lobbying. Among them, I was told, was that the ministry had been short-staffed.

Indeed, I spent the weekend trying to encourage a study as to why our model of care in Jamaica has, to my knowledge, not produced any discernible spike in deaths. This is admirable, compared to those in developed countries. Am I missing something here?

The minister pronouncing in the way reported by the Jamaica Observer is only likely to dampen morale rather than seek to build on what could be seen as positive based on outcomes so far.

Fay Petgrave

Bloomsville House, Mandeville

fay.petgrave@cwjamaica.com


Now you can read the Jamaica Observer ePaper anytime, anywhere. The Jamaica Observer ePaper is available to you at home or at work, and is the same edition as the printed copy available at http://bit.ly/epaperlive


ADVERTISEMENT




POST A COMMENT

HOUSE RULES

1. We welcome reader comments on the top stories of the day. Some comments may be republished on the website or in the newspaper � email addresses will not be published.

2. Please understand that comments are moderated and it is not always possible to publish all that have been submitted. We will, however, try to publish comments that are representative of all received.

3. We ask that comments are civil and free of libellous or hateful material. Also please stick to the topic under discussion.

4. Please do not write in block capitals since this makes your comment hard to read.

5. Please don't use the comments to advertise. However, our advertising department can be more than accommodating if emailed: advertising@jamaicaobserver.com.

6. If readers wish to report offensive comments, suggest a correction or share a story then please email: community@jamaicaobserver.com.

7. Lastly, read our Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy



comments powered by Disqus
ADVERTISEMENT

Poll

ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT

Today's Cartoon

Click image to view full size editorial cartoon
ADVERTISEMENT