The Caribbean Community of Retired Persons (CCRP) has expressed grave concern at the outbreak of COVID-19 at the Golden Age Home in Kingston – the largest such facility in the English-speaking Caribbean. Minister of Health and Wellness Christopher Tufton gave an update on the situation at this evening’s press briefing…
You may well recall that CCRP has been lobbying since last year for more attention to be paid to the many unregistered private nursing homes in Jamaica (the Golden Age Home is a government-run facility) after reports of gross neglect at a home in Portmore, St. Catherine. The non-profit organization has recommended that officers of the National Council for Senior Citizens could be trained to visit and inspect the homes, of which there are many. This link includes those that ARE registered, as of March, 2019.
The Caribbean Community of Retired Persons (CCRP) is expressing deep concern at the occurrence of COVID-19 cases at the Golden Age Home in Vineyard Town, Kingston. CCRP acknowledges the collaborative and swift response of the Ministries of Health and Wellness and Local Government and Rural Development on the matter, and welcomes the closer monitoring and tightened protocols that are now in place.
“On a positive note, we are happy to report that Food for the Poor has reacted speedily, and has been in touch with the Golden Age Home to provide personal protective equipment (PPEs), medication and other supplies, where needed,” noted CCRP’s Founder and Executive Chair, Jean Lowrie-Chin.
“We must always keep in mind that residents at our infirmaries and also private care homes are among our most vulnerable citizens,” added Mrs. Lowrie-Chin. “As the Minister of Health and Wellness has stressed, they are all senior citizens, who would most likely have underlying conditions. They deserve our love, care and protection at all times, especially those in the government homes who may not have substantial financial resources or family support. Our hearts go out to them during these difficult times.”
CCRP expresses its best wishes for the speedy recovery of the first positive patient, who is now hospitalized, and for the health and wellbeing of all residents and staff at the Golden Age Home.