Jamaica Defies U.S. Travel Advisory with Bold Security and Health Upgrades!

In response to the recent U.S. travel advisory, Jamaica has highlighted significant improvements in its security and healthcare sectors. The U.S. advisory had urged citizens to reconsider traveling to the island due to increased crime and healthcare concerns.

Jamaica's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Kamina Johnson Smith
Kamina Johnson Smith, Jamaica’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade and Senator. Getty images

Also read: U.S. Issues Travel Advisory for Jamaica: What Travelers Should Know?

Jamaica’s Stand

Kamina Johnson Smith, Jamaica’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade and Senator, voices disappointment over the U.S. advisory’s failure to acknowledge the nation’s progress. The government has “more than doubled” the investments in addressing crime and healthcare challenges, aiming to benefit both citizens and visitors, she added.

Enhanced Security

Johnson Smith highlights a 20% decrease in serious crimes and improvements in arrest and prosecution rates. Jamaican Constabulary Force data reveals a slight reduction in murders compared to the previous year, with 83 reported as of Feb. 3, 2024. Despite hurdles, the island nation scores 75 out of 100 in Gallup’s Global Law and Order report, indicating public trust in local law enforcement.

Healthcare Advancements

Jamaica initiates a US$50-million Health Systems Strengthening Programme aimed at enhancing the country’s capacity to combat non-communicable and communicable diseases. This program includes the development of three hospitals and ten health facilities, benefiting approximately 800,000 individuals. Additionally, it introduces an integrated information system for healthcare, incorporating features like remote patient monitoring, e-prescription, and electronic health records.

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