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Health Minister to Visit Staff of Annotto Bay & Port Maria Hospitals and Family of Nurse Who was Murdered PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 17 January 2013 12:15

Minister of Health, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson will this afternoon be visiting with the staff of the Annotto Bay and Port Maria Hospitals as well as the family of a Register Nurse who was murdered last night.

 

The nurse, Shellion Pinnock-Lafayette, who was employed to the Annotto Bay Hospital, was shot dead on her way home last night.

 

The Minister is urging persons who may have information surrounding the murder to come forward and assist the police in their investigation.

 

“The scourge of crime has left two children without a mother, a community without a leader, patients without a caregiver and a family without a daughter. We have to put a stop to this kind of attack on our citizens. Tell what you know. It is time for us to stand up against the criminal elements among us,” Dr. Ferguson said.

 

The Minister explained that the experience has been traumatic for patients and staff at the Port Maria Hospital – close to which the incident took place – and the Annotto Bay Hospital especially coming so quickly after the shooting at the May Pen Hospital. Counseling is therefore being provided.

 

“We cannot stand for this kind of attack on our health workers who continue to care for the sick amidst difficult circumstances. I think the time has come to for us to declare that we have had enough and take back Jamaica from these criminals,” he said.

 

The Minister has expressed condolences on behalf of the Ministry of Health to the family of the nurse.

 

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Contact: MOH, Public Relations Unit Tel: 967-1561

You can view this press release and other information on our website at www.moh.gov.jm

 

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