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Pathology lab to be established in SRHA

Published:Monday | April 20, 2015 | 4:58 PM
Minister of Health Dr Fenton Ferguson (right) addresses members of the Lions Club of Mandeville recently during the launch of the club's fundraising activity for the establishment of a pathology lab for the Southern Regional Health Authority and the signature event, Men Who Cook, which is in its 16th staging. Also pictured are (from left) president of the Lions Club of Mandeville, IO Sparkes, Acting Custos Rotulorum for Manchester, Trevor Heaven; Mayor of Mandeville, Brenda Ramsay; and chairman of the Board of SRHA, Michael Stewart.

Minister of Health Dr Fenton Ferguson says he will be making representation to seek to acquire additional funds to assist with the establishment of a pathology laboratory for the Southern Regional Health Authority (SRHA).

Ferguson was speaking last week during the launch of the Lions Club of Mandeville’s fund raising event to establish the pathology lab and for their annual ‘Men who Cook’ charity function, held at the Lions Club Health and Civic Centre in Mandeville.

“I believe in public-private partnership because it allows for a win-win situation. If you look at our economic environment, it is these partnerships that will make a difference. The pathology lab will help with turnaround time to get the diagnostics done and to quickly detect cancer cells,” Ferguson said.

“This is in line with our objectives at the ministry, especially since cancer care is our ‘big ideas’ project. We are looking at it along the whole continuum from screening to treatment to early detection to survivorship, including palliative care.”

He said the SRHA currently does not have a pathology lab and land has been identified adjacent to the Mandeville Regional Hospital for the facility.