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Published:Thursday | September 16, 2021 | 12:12 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: There was disappointment all around Floyd Green’s St Elizabeth South Western constituency yesterday after he resigned as agriculture and fisheries minister amid the fallout from footage that surfaced showing him frolicking at an...

Published:Thursday | September 16, 2021 | 12:05 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: WHILE DISCUSSIONS are ongoing between the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Education, and the Western Regional Health Authority (WRHA), indications are that, by the end of October, 20 of the more than 60 social patients now...

Published:Tuesday | September 14, 2021 | 12:10 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Waterlogged soil has caused a further delay in the construction of the 36-bed field hospital on the grounds of the Savanna-la-Mar Hospital in Westmoreland. The field hospital, which should have started more than a month ago, only...

Published:Monday | September 13, 2021 | 12:07 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Family and friends of the Rastafarian faith have been plunged into mourning at the death of the elder Bongo Isaac, a survivor of the 1963 Coral Gardens atrocity. Isaac, 86, passed away at the Cornwall Regional Hospital last...

Published:Saturday | September 11, 2021 | 12:09 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: The Westmoreland Health Department has raised concern over the sharp increase in COVID-19 infections among children in the parish, with roughly 100 currently afflicted with the illness. Delivering an assessment of the COVID-19...

Published:Thursday | September 9, 2021 | 12:11 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Arguing that some Jamaicans may not be grasping the severity of the COVID-19 pandemic and understanding the need to be vaccinated, two Westmoreland leaders are calling for the messaging to be simplified. Custos Hartley Perrin...

Published:Monday | September 6, 2021 | 12:06 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: There is still no word as to when the Cornwall Regional Hospital (CRH) restoration project will be completed, as there has been no communication between key players to discuss the projected 2022 timeline. The Gleaner has been...

Published:Thursday | September 2, 2021 | 12:10 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: St Andrade Sinclair has re-emphasised that front-line workers in the west will not be singled out for special treatment at public-heath facilities, noting that the Western Regional Health Authority (WRHA) does not differentiate...

Published:Wednesday | September 1, 2021 | 12:08 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Tuesday’s death of a nurse to COVID-19 jolted healthcare workers at Savanna-la-Mar Hospital in Westmoreland, the tearful grief a graphic reminder of how the coronavirus has cast a shadow over families and workforces. Diagrea (...

Published:Friday | August 27, 2021 | 12:10 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: A senior hospital administrator in western Jamaica has recommended boosting bed capacity by 25 per cent to manage the surge of coronavirus cases. Increasing the bed count from 800 to 1,000 is viewed as critical to hospitals staying...

Published:Thursday | August 26, 2021 | 12:05 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Camille Lewin, the chief executive officer at the Savanna-la-Mar Hospital in Westmoreland, says several of the social patients living on the hospital’s wards have relatives who visit them every month to cash in on their National...

Published:Wednesday | August 25, 2021 | 12:10 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Ginger, garlic, bird pepper. Washing money with bleach and water. That’s the sum total of the immunity or resistance summoned by many residents in Westmoreland, a parish haunted by a rash of coronavirus deaths but where vaccine...

Published:Friday | August 20, 2021 | 12:13 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Pointing to limited resources, the head of the West Regional Health Authority (WRHA) says that insufficient supplies of protective gear for staff could be behind the rising number of healthcare workers at hospitals contracting COVID...

Published:Friday | August 20, 2021 | 12:08 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: As the number of COVID-19 patients requiring admission continues to climb, the health authorities are looking to partner with nearby schools and churches to expand the medical wards to ease the pressure on the severely strained...

Published:Thursday | August 19, 2021 | 12:09 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: St Andrade Sinclair, regional director of the Western Regional Health Authority (WRHA), intends to partner with the municipal corporations in the four parishes it oversees to find alternative accommodation for the 60 social patients...

Published:Wednesday | August 18, 2021 | 12:05 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

Western Bureau: Despite losing his Westmoreland Western seat to political neophyte Morland Wilson in the last general election, Peoples National Party (PNP) heavyweight Dr Wykeham McNeill says he has no intention of walking away from...

Published:Tuesday | August 17, 2021 | 12:09 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: With 29 deaths between August 8 and 15 and some 300 new COVID-19 cases over the past five days, the authorities are now seeking to establish a field hospital in Westmoreland as the pressure mounts on the Savanna-la-Mar Hospital,...

Published:Monday | August 16, 2021 | 12:46 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Stakeholders in Westmoreland are pushing for the relocation of the Savanna-la-Mar Market, which is located on lower Great George Street, to facilitate the orderly development of the parish capital’s waterfront. “We have to close...

Published:Friday | August 13, 2021 | 12:07 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: As a result of the customary overwhelming demand for space at Cornwall College by students entering the secondary school each year, Janet Silvera, president of the Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MBCCI), believes there...

Published:Thursday | August 12, 2021 | 12:11 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: New Fortress Energy and the Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MBCCI) yesterday joined forces in a multimillion-dollar venture, which saw some 1,000 students receiving financial aid to start the new school year. The...

Published:Monday | August 2, 2021 | 12:08 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Reverend Courtney Walters, the recently retired chaplain for the Police Area One Division, has taken a parting shot at the Police High Command, saying the organisation is guilty of not treating new recruits and junior police...

Published:Friday | July 30, 2021 | 12:09 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Wayne Isaacs, a leading investor in the local cannabis sector, says Jamaica must move to increase its clinical trials in the lucrative psilocybin and psychedelic (drug to alter mood) industry or miss multimillion-dollar...

Published:Friday | July 30, 2021 | 12:09 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Omar Sweeney, deputy chairman of the zone of special operations (ZOSO), says small entrepreneurs in Norwood, St James, will be among the first residents to benefit from social intervention investment strategies, which is one of the...

Published:Tuesday | July 27, 2021 | 12:08 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Despite global fears that new variants of COVID-19 could drive economies into the ground, Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett said the Government is committed to providing adequate vaccine coverage for the workforce in the hospitality...

Published:Tuesday | July 27, 2021 | 12:08 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett has said that local tourism stakeholders and their global counterparts will no longer have the luxury of hoarding ideas but will now be forced to cooperate if they hope to attain sustainability and...

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