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Health Minister calls on security forces to solve murder of well known doctor
Health Minister, Dr.Fenton Ferguson, is expressing regret at the death of Dr. Barrington Dixon, a well-known gynecologist who was killed by gunmen on Saturday, at his home in Unity Hall, St. James.
According to reports, Dr. Dixon and two of his sisters were at home when two armed men broke in and robbed the doctor of a large amount of cash in local and foreign currencies.
Before escaping, the gunmen reportedly shot Dr. Dixon in the head and chest. His sisters were unharmed.
Dr. Dixon was rushed to the Cornwall Regional Hospital, where he later died.
In a quick reaction, Dr. Ferguson, who is currently attending the World Cancer Leaders’ Summit in Montreal, Canada, mourned the loss of Dr. Dixon, whom he described as a stalwart of the medical profession who served with distinction in his field. He said his sadness was even more profound, given that Dr. Dixon’s family has served the wider field of medicine and other endeavours with distinction.
While calling for the security forces do all in their power to bring to justice those responsible for the noted doctor's death, the Health Minister extended his condolences to Dr. Dixon's family and the medical fraternity.
Meanwhile, Chief Executive Officer of the Cornwall Regional Hospital, Everton Anderson, says news of the killing of Dr. Dixon has left many in shock
“Well it's really a sad day for us and especially the staff at the Cornwall Regional Hospital, he has been a friend and a mentor to many of us. We are all shocked and hope that the police will do whatever is necessary to bring closure to this matter”
And a former President of the Jamaica Medical Doctors Association, Dr. Shane Alexis, is lamenting the death of another member of the medical fraternity in recent times.
“This is yet another death in the profession in Mandeville we lost another eminent physician to violence…..as someone who has contributed for so many years in the capacity of Senior Medical officer, it is a tragic and a sad day, something needs to be done to stop the violence” said Dr. Alexis.