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Published:Wednesday | September 10, 2014 | 12:00 AM
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SERHA cool with Bustamante cardiac centre stakeholders

Reacting to an article which appeared in The Sunday Gleaner this week, the South East Regional Health Authority (SERHA) has declared it is not aware of an impasse with its stakeholders.

"[SERHA]
remains indebted to our stakeholders, who have graciously partnered
with us to establish a cardiac centre. We continue to maintain an
amicable relationship with all stakeholders and, up to last Friday, met
with them to discuss two specific critical activities pertaining to the
project," the health authority said.

In the Sunday Gleaner
article, 'Cardiac centre heartbreak', it was stated that completion of
the region's first paediatric cardiac centre at the Bustamante Hospital
for Children had been stalled as a result of a tussle between one of the
major donors and technocrats, as well as a severe cash crunch.

SERHA
said the project was highly technical and specialised, requiring
constant input from technical experts, both locally and overseas.

"Consequently, the project has now gone beyond the date originally set for completion," SERHA said.

KSAC joins chikungunya fight

The Kingston and St Andrew Corporation (KSAC) has joined the Ministry of Health-led public education campaign on the chikungunya virus.

Kingston Mayor Angela Brown Burke yesterday announced, during a meeting of the KSAC, that part of the campaign would be to ensure that "we are not harbouring breeding sites".

She added: " … In particular, it is important that as we seek to store water in this time of drought, we make sure that it is securely covered and treated."

Brown Burke urged Jamaicans to take responsibility for their own health and well-being.

Eighty days, still no sign of Samunya

After 80 days, the South St Catherine Police Division has indicated it still has no leads in relation to the disappearance of four-year-old Samunya Bloomfield, otherwise called 'Poochy', who went missing about 11 p.m. on June 20 at her Old Harbour home in the parish.

"There is no lead whatsoever," said Senior Superintendent of Police Noel Christie.

The four-year-old's father, Kris-Nieve Bloomfield, said yesterday that he believed the police were doing their best.

"They are doing their best and have been calling us. I spoke with them yesterday (Monday) and I still believe we will find her," he said.