|Police Post Established at May Pen Hospital|
|Tuesday, 15 January 2013 10:20|
A permanent police post has been established at the May Pen Hospital after gunmen invaded the facility and shot dead a patient while he slept last night (Monday, January 14, 2013).
Working in collaboration with the Hospital’s Board and Management, Minister of Health, Dr. Fenton Ferguson has indicated that changes will be made to the security arrangements at the facility in the coming weeks to include greater restriction to access to the Wards.
Dr. Ferguson explained that the experience has been traumatic for staff and patients and so a counseling area has been established where they can access private one-on-one counseling.
He says Mental Health Officers, Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Religious leaders and the Jamaica Constabulary Force Chaplaincy Unit have been providing assistance to staff and patients.
“I thank health workers who continuously have to work in very difficult circumstances. I implore you to take heart and remain steadfast as we show the criminals that they cannot win and they cannot get the best of us,” Dr. Ferguson said.
The Minister has also expressed condolences on behalf of the Ministry of Health to the family of the patient who died.
Meanwhile, the Minister has condemned the shooting of the patient especially while in the care of hospital staff.
“I strongly condemn this act of violence in one of our facilities where patients and staff should feel safe while accessing and providing care and support. I hope the perpetrators of this heinous act will swiftly be brought to justice. I implore persons to cooperate fully with the police in their investigation of the matter,” Minister Ferguson said.
Dr. Ferguson pointed out that only collective responsibility and input will achieve any meaningful reduction in crime and help to prevent other such incidents in our health facilities.
“We all have a responsibility to help to stamp out crime in our communities. We have to take a stand and not allow these criminals to feel empowered. Do not let them get away with what they have done,” he said.
Contact: MOH, Public Relations Unit Tel: 967-1561
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