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MAJ demands specifics, solutions following damning health sector audit

Published:Wednesday | September 2, 2015 | 9:18 PM
Minister of Health, Dr Fenton Ferguson, left, Dr Marion Bullock DuCasse, director of emergency, disaster management and special services in the health ministry and Michael Stewart, Chairman, Southern Regional Health Authority (SRHA), speak to members of the media on the findings and recommendations of the audit into the regional health authorities.

President of the Medical Association of Jamaica ( MAJ),  Dr. Shane Alexis, says his group is disappointed that the audit of major hospitals and health centres lacks specifics.

Dr. Alexis says the report simply highlights what doctors have been complaining about for years.

According to the MAJ president, the Health Ministry now needs to tell the country how it plans to address the shortcomings in the health sector.

 

JMDA President, Dr. Alfred Dawes

He says the ministry should also disclose the terms of reference for the audit and the team which conducted the exercise.

The MAJ president was speaking on Cliff Hughes Online on Power 106 FM today.

SUMMARY OF AUDIT FINDINGS:

1. Inadequate systems and infrastructure for Infection Prevention and Control, in particular for the MOINA areas (Maternity, Operating Theatre, Neonatal Units, Intensive Care and Accident & Emergency)

-Inadequate hand hygiene practise, promotion and infrastructure throughout

2. Inadequate and consistent supply of pharmaceuticals and sundries

3. Inadequate supplies of linen, including drapes, gowns etc

4. Inadequate numbers and functional medical equipment (various types)

5. Inadequacy in stock management (pharmaceuticals, sundries etc)

6. Inadequate and inconsistent documentation of critical needs list

7. Inadequate supplies of PPEs such as plastic aprons used to prevent contact with waste or body fluids

8. Major defects in infrastructure