Minister of Health, Dr Fenton Ferguson has condemned the attack on two Cuban nurses attached to the Buff Bay Community Hospital in Portland.
The nurses were reportedly attacked and injured by a gunman while at their residence this morning.
“This is a disgusting and vicious act undertaken by a coward. To enter the residence of two females and attack them in this manner is cowardly and unforgivable, especially since they have committed themselves to service to the people of that community,” Dr Ferguson said. “It is time that we start thinking about the implications that these acts can have on our country as a whole and stand up against this type of behavior.”
A release from the ministry said the matter has been reported to the police.
“We will do everything we can to bring the person to justice and I urge the residents of Buff Bay and anyone else who may have information to share it with the police immediately. None of us is immune to this kind of action and so we have to support each other and send a strong message to criminals,” he urged.
“We cannot allow persons to disrupt services to others and prevent our health workers from carrying out their duties in a safe and comfortable atmosphere,” Dr Ferguson said.
Both nurses are said to be in stable condition.