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Health minister wants pathology lab for central parishes

Published:Friday | April 17, 2015 | 9:40 AM
Minister of Health, Dr Fenton Ferguson.

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 says the Region, which covers the parishes of Clarendon, Manchester and St Elizabeth, currently does not have a pathology lab.

He says lands have been identified adjacent to the Mandeville Regional hospital for the facility.

According to the health minister having a pathology lab in the Region will help with the turn-around time to get diagnostics done and to quickly detect cancer cells.

He says increasing access to cancer care is one of the priorities of the health ministry.

Ferguson was speaking at a function put on by the Lions Club of Mandeville.