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Government requests PAHO help with Jamaica's health policies

Published:Friday | May 22, 2015 | 5:00 AM

The Government has requested help from the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) to help with the implementation of the Primary Health Care Renewal Policy and the development plan for the health sector to meet current demands.

Health Minister Dr Fenton Ferguson made the formal request during a meeting yesterday with director of PAHO, Dr Carissa Etienne.

The two are attending the 68th World Health Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland.

According to a Health Ministry statement, Dr Ferguson said he expects that following the two days of meetings, Jamaica will be able to start crafting the road map for Universal Access and Health Coverage. 

He added that this is a part of efforts to strengthen Jamaica’s health system to respond to threats and emergencies.

Meanwhile, the statement, noted that the PAHO head said the agency was committed to assisting Jamaica in any way it can to achieve its health goals. 

She also reportedly congratulated Ferguson for his leadership and commitment to reforming Jamaica’s health system.