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  • Portfolio Minster, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, said that the Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN) has been engaged to undertake a knowledge, attitudes, practices and behaviour study for which a draft is now available.
  • “So, we are continuing the efforts of assessment as we refine the strategy. It is a daily and weekly occurrence, which is why we have these conversations to say to Jamaicans this is what …we need to do in order to manage the process as we move forward,” Dr. Tufton added.
  • “The 17,000 or so health care professionals are committed and remain committed. To the extent that we overcome the challenges of COVID is the extent that all of us observe the protocols and play the role that we must,” he pointed out.

The Ministry of Health and Wellness is employing a scientific approach to support its response to the coronavirus (COVID-19).

Portfolio Minster, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, said that the Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN) has been engaged to undertake a knowledge, attitudes, practices and behaviour study for which a draft is now available.

He noted that the study is “looking at how Jamaicans approach the response to COVID and that is a further attempt at scientifically assessing what is happening on the ground.”

“We have seen manifestations of it anecdotally but we want to know in a more scientific way and how we can intervene further in refining the plans to deal with this pandemic that we are confronting,” he said.

“So, we are continuing the efforts of assessment as we refine the strategy. It is a daily and weekly occurrence, which is why we have these conversations to say to Jamaicans this is what …we need to do in order to manage the process as we move forward,” Dr. Tufton added.

He was addressing the Ministry’s weekly virtual press conference on Thursday (Sept. 24).

Dr. Tufton said the Government remains resolute in providing the leadership and coordination to manage the virus.

“The 17,000 or so health care professionals are committed and remain committed. To the extent that we overcome the challenges of COVID is the extent that all of us observe the protocols and play the role that we must,” he pointed out.

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