May Pen, Man­dev­ille hos­pi­tals to be up­graded


Health Min­is­ter Dr Christo­pher Tufton says five hos­pi­tals have been short­listed for up­grad­ing over the next three to five years, with loan fund­ing of US$50 mil­lion from the In­ter-Amer­i­can Devel­op­ment Bank.

Among the in­sti­tu­tions are the May Pen Hos­pi­tal in Claren­don and the Man­dev­ille Re­gional Hos­pi­tal in Manch­ester. The other three are the Kingston Pub­lic Hos­pi­tal, the Span­ish Town Hos­pi­tal and the St Ann’s Bay Hos­pi­tal.

Dr Tufton said they were iden­ti­fied for in­clu­sion in a study that was con­ducted on be­half of the Govern­ment by the United Na­tions Of­fice for Project Ser­vices (UNOPS).

UNOPS is the United Na­tions (UN) op­er­a­tional arm, ded­i­cated to im­ple­ment­ing projects for the UN Sys­tem, in­ter­na­tional fi­nan­cial in­sti­tu­tions, gov­ern­ments, and other part­ners around the world.

“The in­ten­tion of up­grad­ing these fa­cil­i­ties [is] to deal with the de­mand for in­pa­tient care, spe­cial­ist treat­ment and surg­eries,” he said.

Dr Tufton said come next year, “you will be­gin to see ground be­ing bro­ken for some of those de­vel­op­ments, in keep­ing with our com­mit­ment to mod­ernise our pub­lic health in­fra­struc­ture”.

The min­is­ter also re­it­er­ated that con­struc­tion of the pro­posed West­ern Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal in St James, which forms part of the health sec­tor’s mod­erni­sa­tion thrust, is sched­uled to com­mence by March 2019.

The 220-bed fa­cil­ity, which will also cater to ado­les­cents, is be­ing built on the com­pound of the Corn­wall Re­gional Hos­pi­tal in Mon­tego Bay with US$36.16 mil­lion (250 mil­lion RMB), which has been pro­vided by the govern­ment of the Peo­ple’s Repub­lic of China to fund this and other projects to be agreed on with Ja­maica.

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