The Government continued to invest in the development of the health sector, with billions of dollars spent to upgrade and equip hospitals and clinics island wide.
• The Accident and Emergency (A&E) Department at the Linstead Hospital in St Catherine was reopened following extensive renovation at a cost of $144.98 million.
• A New Drug Serv Pharmacy was opened at the hospital through $31 million in funding from the National Health Fund (NHF).
• The Robins Hall Health Centre in Manchester was officially re-opened following renovation by the CHASE Fund at a cost of $30 million.
• The Kitson Town Health Centre in St. Catherine was upgraded at a cost of $69 million with funds from the NHF. A Compassionate Care Programme and Telemedicine Pilot Project were also launched at the facility.
• Ground was broken for the upgrading of the Stony Hill Health Centre in St. Andrew at a cost of $59 million.
• A National Linear Cancer Treatment Centre was opened at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Kingston. The $860 million facility utilises state-of-the-art Linear Accelerator (LINAC) machines to administer radiation therapy.
• The renovated Paediatric Ward at the St Ann’s Bay Hospital was opened.
• Two elevators were upgraded and commissioned into service at the National Chest Hospital in Kingston, with funding from the NHF in the sum of $19.3 million.
• Eight additional clinics were adopted under the project, which invites the private sector to partner with the Government for the upgrading of primary health care facilities. They are Enfield, St. Mary; Cascade, Hanover; Mount Carey, St. James; Lamb’s River and Petersfield in Westmoreland; Elderslie, St. Elizabeth; Mount Pleasant, Portland; and St. Jago, St. Catherine. The adoptions are equivalent to approximately $9.7 million.
• 100 priority clinics in Jamaica have been identified for adoption.
Donation of Equipment
• The Governments of Jamaica and Japan signed a grant agreement for the provision of $10 million for the purchase of a Mobile Digital C-Arm for the May Pen Hospital in Clarendon. The equipment is expec- ted to enhance orthopaedic care at the facility.
• The St. Ann’s Bay Regional Hospital received a donation of a new state-of-the-art ultrasound machine, valued approximately $8.2 million, from Japan.
• Kingston Public Hospital (KPH) received an ultrasound machine, anaesthetic patient monitor and a patient monitor from the United Kingdom-based Rejuvenate Jamaica Hospitals charity organisation.
• The materno fetal medicine unit of the Victoria Jubilee Hospital (VJH) received medical supplies and equipment valued at over $3 million from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
• Jamaica benefitted from a number of health missions during the year.
Compassionate Care Programme
• The Compassionate Care Programme was launched at the Victoria Jubilee Hospital. The initiative has since been implemented at Cornwall Regional, Black River, Falmouth, and St. Ann’s Bay Hospitals.
More Nurses Trained
• The first cohort of nurses, who departed the island in June to study in China under the Jamaica-China Bilateral Cooperation Nurses Training Programme, returned at the end of August.
• 32 psychiatric nursing aides from the South East Regional Health Authority (SERHA) benefited from training.