“Jamaica to begin training for virus testing”

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KINGSTON – A team from the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) is expected on the island by today to train laboratory staff on how to test for the coronavirus (Covid-19) that has killed more than 1 000 people in China.

Chief Medical Officer, Dr Jacquiline A. Bisasor-McKenzie, providing an update on the measures being implemented to deal with the virus, said Jamaica is developing its own capacity to test for the virus.

“A PAHO team will be coming to train our laboratory staff to do testing. By the following week, we expect that we will have the capacity to test,” she said.

“This is very fortunate for us, because it’s not every country [that] is going to have that capacity, but because we have a National Influenza Centre that is located at the University of the West Indies, we are fortunate to be able to be given this opportunity to be able to do our own testing.”

She said in the interim, testing is being done at the United States Centres for Disease Control and Prevention and at the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) in Trinidad and Tobago,” she added.

(CMC)