Ministry of Health recognises COVID-19 donor partners
Minister of Health Dr Christopher Tufton honours the Canadian government, represented by Canadian High Commissioner to Jamaica Emina Tudakovic, for being a valuable partner to the nation. (Photo: Garfield Robinson)

On Friday, the Ministry of Health and Wellness (MOHW) brought Healthcare Workers Appreciation Month to a close with a banquet at the Jamaica Pegasus hotel. The event recognised the donor partners who assisted our nation in weathering the novel coronavirus pandemic, considered "the worst in a century".

Minister of Health and Wellness Dr Christopher Tufton acknowledged the support of overseas governments, local ministries and agencies, along with private sector organisations. "You have seen Jamaica as a worthy partner," said Tufton. The journey to bring the nation out of the worst days of the pandemic saw the stellar contribution of numerous health-care and front-line workers, collaborators, and stakeholders. "Partnerships make us all stronger," said the minister.

From left: Sandals Resorts International Chief Executive Officer Gebhard Rainer; Rachel McLarty, corporate director of communications and public relations, Sandals Resorts International; Anna Reader and her husband, Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association president Clifton Reader (Photo: Garfield Robinson)
Receiving the recognition on behalf of UNICEF Jamaica is Country Representative Mariko Kagoshima. (Photo: Garfield Robinson)
Chief medical officer of Jamaica Jacqueline Bisasor-McKenzie (right) presents Nicole Ennis, head of medicines, quality control and surveillance, Caribbean Public Health Agency, with an award for the agency's role in the nation's fight against COVID-19. (Photo: Garfield Robinson)
British High Commissioner to Jamaica Judith Slater accepts the COVID-19 Donor Partner honour on behalf of her Government from Minister of Health and Wellness Dr Christopher Tufton. (Photo: Garfield Robinson)
Custos of St Andrew Ian Forbes represented the governor general of Jamaica, Sir Patrick Allen, at Friday evening's banquet. Flanking the custos are his realtor wife Lana (left) and state minister in the Ministry of Health and Wellness Juliet Cuthbert Flynn. (Photo: Garfield Robinson)
Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade of Jamaica Kamina Johnson-Smith (Photo: Garfield Robinson)
Minister of Health and Wellness Dr Christopher Tufton (centre) shares the frame with the country's chief medical officer, Dr Jacquiline Bisasor-Mckenzie (right) and Pan American Health Organization Director Dr Carissa Etienne. (Photo: Garfield Robinson)
United States Ambassador to Jamaica Nick Perry and his wife, Joyce (Photo: Garfield Robinson)

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