Medical students volunteer to fight COVID-19

Medical students volunteer to fight COVID-19

Sunday, April 05, 2020

Print this page Email A Friend!


KINGSTON, Jamaica — Minister of Health and Wellness (MOHW), Dr Christopher Tufton revealed that approximately 70 medical students from the University of the West Indies (UWI) have volunteered to help healthcare workers in the local fight against COVID-19.

The minister was speaking live on Instagram yesterday (April 4) with UWI student, Jovaine Brown.

“These students are going to be placed in positions that do not put them in harm's way and will allow them a couple of things, which I think are quite valuable,” Tufton said.

“First of all, they are doctors in training and we have one of the biggest medical crisis in 100 years affecting the world…I think it will make them into much better doctors, so I think that's a good thing,” the minister continued.

“Secondly, of course, is the value that they bring to the table by just giving us support and giving the initiative or the response support.”

Tufton said the students will be assigned to call centres where they will receive calls at the MOHW numbers, where they will receive and filter information. In addition, they can provide assistance in our tracing efforts, which is a massive task all by itself.

“It's an opportunity in a crisis, a public health opportunity for them as student doctors in training and I'm glad that these 70 students have stepped forward,” Tufton said.


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 Some comments may be republished on the website or in the newspaper � email addresses will not be published.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