Hurricane Dean made landfall in Jamaica as a Category 4 hurricane on Sunday, 19 August, and on Monday morning, a PAHO/WHO team began an initial assessment of the storm’s effects. Efforts are ongoing, but the following information is available:
In the South East Region (Kingston and the Parishes of St. Andrew, St. Catherine and St. Thomas), PAHO/WHO is still trying to establish communication with the Princess Margaret Hospital.
In the South region, the Black River and Lionel Town, Percy Junor and Mandeville Hospitals all weathered the storm without sustaining damage. The May Pen Hospital has slight roof damage.
In the North East Region, major damage was reported at the St. Ann’s Bay Hospital; PAHO/WHO is attempting to confirm this.
In the Western Region, patients were evacuated from floors 8-10 in the Cornwall Hospital. The entire roof of one health center is gone. The Falmouth Hospital has roof damage.
Four private hospitals in Kingston are reported in good condition.
Regional Office of the World Health Organization