May Pen Hos­pi­tal to get key piece of equip­ment

Daily Observer (Jamaica) - - NEWS -

MAY Pen Hos­pi­tal in Claren­don is shortly to have the ben­e­fit of a key piece of med­i­cal equip­ment that is ex­pected to en­hance orthopaedic care at the fa­cil­ity.

This, ac­cord­ing to a re­lease from the Min­istry of Health, is thanks to the gen­eros­ity of the Gov­ern­ment of Japan, which – through the Em­bassy of Japan in Ja­maica – yes­ter­day signed the grant agree­ment with the Gov­ern­ment of Ja­maica, through the Min­istry of Health, for the pur­chase of a Mo­bile Dig­i­tal C-arm, val­ued at $10 mil­lion.

A mo­bile C-arm, the re­lease said, is a med­i­cal imag­ing de­vice based on X-ray tech­nol­ogy that can be used flex­i­bly in var­i­ous op­er­at­ing rooms within a clinic. The name is de­rived from the C-shaped arm used to con­nect the X-ray source and X-ray de­tec­tor to one an­other.

“Hav­ing the ma­chine at May Pen Hos­pi­tal will re­duce the cost to trans­fer or have pa­tients re­main in hos­pi­tal for weeks un­til avail­able sur­gi­cal time at a hos­pi­tal with a C-arm; re­duce time lost from work/loss of in­come for the pa­tient; re­duce mor­bid­ity of ill­ness that a de­lay in hav­ing surgery will cause; and re­duce the time for hos­pi­tal­i­sa­tion & the wait­ing list for surgery,” Min­is­ter of Health Dr Christo­pher Tufton is quoted in the re­lease.

Orthopaedic surgery, mean­while, is a new ser­vice started at the hos­pi­tal in 2017, with an out­pa­tient clinic since Fe­bru­ary 6, 2017 and in­pa­tient ser­vice com­menc­ing Au­gust 2, 2017. The Out­pa­tient Depart­ment vis­its have in­creased sig­nif­i­cantly since Fe­bru­ary 2017 when it started with eight pa­tients per clinic to as much as 105 pa­tients seen in a clinic. Av­er­age out­pa­tient vis­its num­ber more than 300 pa­tients per month with in­pa­tient ad­mis­sions/re­fer­rals av­er­ag­ing 60 pa­tients per month, the re­lease said.

Be­tween Fe­bru­ary 6, 2017 and the end of May this year, there have been more than 3,600 clinic vis­its to the Orthopaedic Clinic, it con­tin­ued.

Am­bas­sador of Japan to Ja­maica, Hiro­masa Ya­mazaki, said that the Gov­ern­ment and peo­ple of Japan were pleased to sup­port the Gov­ern­ment and peo­ple of Ja­maica un­der their Grass roots Hu­man Se­cu­rity Pro­jects.

“I am pleased to note that this is the first col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween the Em­bassy of Japan and the May Pen Hos­pi­tal and it is my great­est hope that this new hu­man se­cu­rity project will pri­mar­ily serve the needs of ev­ery­one for orthopaedic surgery,” he noted.

“Our com­mit­ment to as­sist in im­prov­ing the health sec­tor needs of Ja­maica con­tin­ues to be a core pri­or­ity for the peo­ple and Gov­ern­ment of Japan and so, as a re­spon­si­ble mem­ber of the global com­mu­nity, we whole­heart­edly sup­port our lat­est med­i­cal co­op­er­a­tion with the May Pen Hos­pi­tal to serve the needs of the peo­ple of Ja­maica,” the am­bas­sador added.

Min­is­ter of Health Dr Christo­pher Tufton (cen­tre) with Am­bas­sador of Japan to Ja­maica, Hiro­masa Ya­mazaki (right), and chair­man of the South­ern Re­gional Health Au­thor­ity, St An­drade Sin­clair, fol­low­ing a grant sign­ing cer­e­mony yes­ter­day at the head of­fice of the Min­istry of Health in Kingston.

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