‘Mask Up Before You Talk Up’, is what the Ministry of Health and Wellness has publicized throughout several parts of Jamaica, as a prevention campaign against the spread of the coronavirus on the island.
The Ministry’s campaign is focused on encouraging Jamaican’s to wear (PPE) and other protective gear during the Christmas season,
As part of the Government’s health response programme, Portfolio Minister, Dr Christopher Tufton, said that mask-wearing would be critical during the Christmas period leading into the New Year, as there is expected to be an increase in movement with individuals shopping and visitors coming into the island.
Tufton urged Jamaicans to take personal responsibility by wearing a mask and not to engage in face-to-face dialogue with persons not wearing the item.
“Basically, what we are saying to all of Jamaica is, before you allow anyone to talk to you during the season or before you talk to anybody…put on your mask or demand that the person put on their mask. It doesn’t matter whether they are relatives, a close friend…because the truth is, this is one sure way to prevent the spread of the coronavirus,” Dr Tufton said.
He continued to share that a health team would be on the streets to “remind persons that they must put on their mask.”
Following the launch, Dr Tufton and a team of health workers from St James Health Services travelled a section of downtown Montego Bay, where they handed out face masks, hand sanitisers and COVID-19-related information to the public.
The Mask Up Before You Talk Up initiative was launched in Spanish Town, St Catherine.