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  • Health Minister, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, says the Ministry is moving to make it easier for charitable organisations and individuals to support the health sector.
  • President of the NAJ, Janett Coore Farr, said nurses have made “significant contribution to developing and maintaining resilience in the healthcare system.”
  • During the function, tribute was paid to past Presidents of the NAJ, including President Emeritus, Edith Allwood Anderson.

Health Minister, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, says the Ministry is moving to make it easier for charitable organisations and individuals to support the health sector.

He informed that the unit in the Ministry, which deals with such contributions, will be strengthened within the next two to three months.

The Minister, who was addressing an International Nurses Day function held recently, at the Knutsford Court Hotel in New Kingston, said the objective is to facilitate a seamless process for the donation of resources to boost health care in Jamaica.

The Minister said he has been receiving complaints of bureaucratic delays at Customs and at the Ministry.

“We are going to make it easier for people to give, whether local or overseas, because they have a role to play in helping us bridge the gaps within the system,” he noted.

Meanwhile, Dr. Tufton hailed the nurses for their contribution to health care in Jamaica.

He said the Ministry intends to work closely with the Nurses Association of Jamaica (NAJ) to address challenges including the shortage of registered nurses.

Among the options being looked at is to delay the retirement of those serving the sector.  “We are going to look at keeping some people in the sector a little longer,” Dr. Tufton said.

Recruiting nurses from other jurisdictions is also being explored.

President of the NAJ, Janett Coore Farr, said nurses have made “significant contribution to developing and maintaining resilience in the healthcare system.”

She urged them to remain committed and focused. “Remember, there can be no health without a workforce and there can be no health workforce without nurses and midwives,” she pointed out.

Guest Speaker, Rev. Dr. Devon Dick, encouraged the nurses to continue to deliver first-class health care to patients and to emulate nursing pioneer Florence Nightingale in giving “total sacrifice” to the profession.

Florence Nightingale, who tended to wounded soldiers during the Crimean War from 1853-1856 is credited as the founder of modern nursing.

International Nurses Day marks the contribution that nurses make to society. It is celebrated annually on May 12, which is the anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale.

During the function, tribute was paid to past Presidents of the NAJ, including President Emeritus, Edith Allwood Anderson.

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