It has recently been announced that Jamaica's Health and Wellness Minister Dr Christopher Tufton has been elected as president of the Pan American Health Organisation's 59th Directing Council.

One of the governing bodies which brings together the highest health authorities in the Americas to debate and analyse policies and set priorities for technical cooperation and collaboration among countries, in accepting the PAHO presidency, Dr Tufton said that the region has been significantly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic which has also sharpened inequalities.

"Now more than ever, the region must act as a united force to build capacity and resilience in our public health systems," he said. “Countries must commit to building more robust health care systems capable of addressing current and future threats.

"Greater collaboration and less fragmentation are the strengths of our partnerships on the road to recovery. We are as strong as our weakest link."