Exchange gets new health centre
EXCHANGE, St Ann:
Residents of Exchange in Ocho Rios, St Ann, are beneficiaries of a new health centre constructed at a cost of $56 million, provided by the National Health Fund (NHF) and the Culture, Health, Arts, Sports and Education Fund (CHASE).
Jamaica National Foundation/MAC Council partnered with North East Regional Health Authority to provide furnishing for the 3,500 square-foot facility.
Health Minister Dr Fenton Ferguson, speaking at the opening, said the centre shows a serious commitment by the Government, as well as other partners, in aligning the demand for quality health care with accessible health services.
He said the amount spent was part of over $700 million the Government has spent in the North East Region alone.
"This includes the refurbishing of 16 health centres. Of note is the brand new Brainerd Health Centre which is a Type 1 facility in St Mary, and which was constructed at a cost of $13 million," Ferguson said.
Over half a billion dollars have been spent on upgrading the St Ann's Bay Regional, Port Antonio, Port Maria and Annotto Bay hospitals.
Meanwhile, without offering details, the minister disclosed that a new health centre will be constructed in Runaway Bay, St Ann, during this financial year.
CHASE Fund CEO W. Billy Heaven said providing assistance to the health sector is a critical part of the CHASE Fund's mandate, the others being education, arts and culture.
"This project is a remarkable display of an effective partnership model - NHF, MOH (Ministry of Health), North East Regional Health Authority and the CHASE Fund. So let me use this opportunity to thank all the partners for making this health centre a reality," Heaven said.